TNT Greenlights a New Frank Darabont Series

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Jon Bernthal and Pihla Viitala

Jon Bernthal and Pihla Viitala in TNT's untitled crime drama from Frank Darabont and based on the John Buntin book L.A. Noir. - Photo Courtesy of TNT

The Walking Dead ex-show-runner Frank Darabont, Michael De Luca (Moneyball) and Elliot Webb are executive producing a new series for TNT. Based on John Buntin’s book L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City, the still-untitled series has been greenlit by TNT for six episodes.
 
Darabont wrote and directed the pilot starring The Walking Dead alum Jon Bernthal and Jeffrey DeMunn. See? There is life after death by zombies on TV.
 
“This series is an intense, exciting drama that takes viewers back to a truly fascinating time in the history of Los Angeles,” stated Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). “Frank Darabont, Michael De Luca and Elliott Webb have delivered an outstanding opening episode that evokes the time and place in stunning detail. Together with a pitch-perfect ensemble cast and top-notch production crew, they have woven an engrossing tale of heroism in the face of greed and corruption. We’re very excited to be working with such talented storytellers in bringing this project to life.”
 
The Plot:
 
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 a fast-paced crime drama set in Los Angeles during the 1940s and ’50s. It’s a world of glamorous movie stars, powerful studio heads, returning war heroes, a powerful and corrupt police force and an even more dangerous criminal network determined to make L.A. its West Coast base.
 
The new drama stars Bernthal as Joe Teague, an ex-Marine now working as an LAPD cop in an era rampant with police corruption. DeMunn plays Det. Hal Morrison, who heads up the LAPD’s new mob squad, with Jeremy Strong as Det. Mike Hendry, Morrison’s second in command. Neal McDonough is Capt. William Parker, Teague’s boss who is determined to weed out corruption and bring down Mickey Cohen. And Milo Ventimiglia plays Ned Stax, who fought alongside Teague during World War II but who now works as a lawyer with connections to the mob.
 
The cast also includes Ron Rifkin, Pihla Viitala, and Alexa Davalos.
 
Source: TNT
 

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