TV tonight: Mob City premiere reunites trio from The Walking Dead

Mob City mini-series starts tonight at 9 p.m. on TNT Photo: Mob City (TNT)

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2013 —Since so many of our favorite characters on “The Walking Dead” get killed off the series, it is good to know there is life after the show for them. Frank Darabont; the original creator of “The Walking Dead,” will be joined by previous characters Jon Bernthal, (Shane) and Jeffrey DeMunn, (Dale) on the set of “Mob City.”

According to a press release:

“This new series tells the true story of a decades-long conflict between the Los Angeles Police Department, under the determined leadership of Police Chief William Parker, and ruthless criminal elements led by Mickey Cohen, a one-time boxer who rose to the top of L.A.’s criminal world.”

The series is based on the critically acclaimed book L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City, by John Buntin. “Mob City” centers on Det. Joe Teague (Bernthal), an ex-Marine who holds his cards close to his chest.

The fact that Frank Darabont is at the helm is what makes the mini-series worthy of consideration. Since “Mob City” is set in Los Angeles in the 1940s and 50s, the ability to create a convincing period set is a must if this show is to succeed.

Frank Darabont not only has “The Walking Dead” on his resume, he also directed “The Shawshank Redemption” and “The Green Mile.” Both of these films relied on an authentic period look, and both films were so true to their respective periods that calling Darabont a period piece expert is not a stretch.

The prison in “Shawshank Redemption” and death row in “The Green Mile” gave the audience realistic settings to get comfortable in while watching the story unfold. If Darabont does the same with “Mob City,” the series will be one worth watching in its entirety.

If Darabont, Bernthal and DeMunn are not enough to tempt you, maybe Edward Burns playing Bugsy Siegel will tip the scales in the film’s favor. Burns is a writer, director and actor of considerable skill who normally sticks to the big screen. Since this is Burns first major TV role, it speaks highly of “Mob City” and everyone involved.

TNT will air six episodes of “Mob City” over the next three Wednesdays starting tonight at 9 p.m.


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