The new Golden Age of Television has been primarily characterized by one archetype, gritty dramas with anti-hero leads. We’ve seen it come to fruition with The Sopranos, Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire, Mad Men and slews of other highly acclaimed series. Now as IndieWire reports, TNT has enlisted in former Walking Dead showrunner Frank Darabont for a raw take on the 1940s LA mob scene for the upcoming series Mob City.
Darabont was the showrunner for season one of Walking Dead before he was abruptly fired by AMC. But now Darabont, best known as the director for The Shawshank Redemption, is making his anticipated return to the small screen for an adaptation of a different variety. Mob City is an “event series” about cops and mobsters in LA based on John Buntin’s book L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City.
“The very first character I came up with…is a character named Joe Teague, who was on the police force,” said Darabont in an interview with TV Guide last year. “He’s caught in that moral gray zone between the William Parkers of the world and the Mickey Cohens of this world. And what a great, fun gray zone to be in. Caught, as he puts it, between the white hats and the black hats.”
The trailer boasts an impressive cast, reuniting Darabont with Walking Dead alum Jon Bernthal as Joe Teague, Edward Burns as Bugsy Siegel, and an appearance from Simon Pegg as well. Mob City will make its debut on TNT on Dec. 4.