Steven Spielberg and Edward Burns Team Up on ‘Public Morals’

Public Morals greenlit at TNT
The cast of 'Public Morals' (Photo by Jojo Whilden/TNT)

TNT is moving forward on the police drama Public Morals from writer/director/executive producer and star Edward Burns. Falling Skies‘ team of Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey, and Darryl Frank are attached as executive producers on the series which received a 10 episode pick-up from the network. Starring alongside Burns are Michael Rapaport, Elizabeth Masucci, with TNT eyeing a 2015 premiere of the 1960s-set drama.

Public Morals‘ cast also includes Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Wass M. Stevens, Keith Nobbs, Austin Stowell, Patrick Murney, Katrina Bowden, Lyndon Smith, and Brian Wiles.


“Edward Burns is one of my favorite filmmakers, and in Public Morals, he has created an incredibly authentic series, inspired by his own life growing up in a family of cops in 1960s New York,” said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). “We’ve seen many stories about organized crime and corruption in the city, but this is a different way into that world as seen through the eyes of Irish-Americans, many of whom worked as police officers. We’re also excited to have the inspired creative guidance of Steven Spielberg and our partners at Amblin Television on what is certain to be one of the most talked-about new series of 2015.”

The Plot:

The series centers on New York City’s Public Morals Division, where cops walk the line between morality and criminality as the temptations that come from dealing with all kinds of vice threaten to get the better of them. The show centers on Officer Terry Muldoon (Burns), who is determined to raise his sons to be honest and hardworking as he deals with the city’s dark underbelly.

Rapaport plays Muldoon’s partner, Charlie Bullman, the muscle of the Public Morals Division, and Masucci is Christine, Muldoon’s wife.

Source: TNT

-By Rebecca Murray

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