Mob City

After his unceremonious exit from The Walking Dead, Frank Darabont returns to television this year with a whole new project that has nothing to do with the undead — but plenty, still, to do with monsters.

The six-episode TNT series Mob City (formerly titled L.A. Noir and then Lost Angels) chronicles the war between gangsters and cops in ’40s Los Angeles, which gets kicked up to a whole new level once the LAPD forms a specialized mob squad.

Walking Dead alums Jon Bernthal and Jeffrey DeMunn join Darabont on the new project, along with Ed Burns, Neal McDonough, Jeremy Luke, and many more. Watch the first trailer and get more details after the jump.

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Frank Darabont is trying again with a television series in the wake of his departure from The Walking Dead, and he’s brought John Bernthal along with him. His new effort was called L.A. Noir, but will now hit televisions as Lost Angels. As you might have surmised, the reason for the title change is Rockstar’s video game called L.A. Noire; the publisher laid down the law about the title.

Based on John Buntin’s book L.A. Noir: The Struggle For The Soul Of America’s Most Seductive City, the show covers some of the same ground as the recent film Gangster Squad: the battle between LA cops and gangster Mickey Cohen. Info on the title change is below, straight from Darabont, along with the plot of the pilot and info on a role played by Simon PeggRead More »

Above is you first look at Frank Darabont‘s new show L.A Noir, which was just picked up by TNT for six episodes. After the jump, read much more about the show as well as the following:

  • TNT is developing a new Frankenstein series based on the Dean Koontz novels.
  • Donal Logue will guest star on Sons of Anarchy.
  • Dylan McDermott will return on American Horror Story: Asylum.
  • The Twilight Saga might make a run on TV after the movies finish.

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Thanks to Independence Day, it’s been a fairly slow week for film news — but it looks like the TV folks have been keeping themselves plenty busy over the past few days. After the jump:

  • Danny McBride talks the surprise fourth season of Eastbound & Down
  • Fraggle Rock spin-off, The Doozers, will shoot in Canada this month
  • Watch a teaser for Jerry Seinfeld‘s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
  • Frank Darabont‘s L.A. Noir pics show Jon Bernthal and Simon Pegg

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Among today’s TV-related odds and ends:

  • See photos of the Mockingbird Lane set under construction
  • AMC announces a Walking Dead marathon, releases new still
  • Everyone’s favorite show, The Wire, gets an oral history
  • Thomas Jane joins Frank Darabont‘s L.A. Noir on TNT
  • Tina Majorino boards HBO’s True Blood for Season 5
  • Will Dexter Season 7 pick up where Season 6 left off?

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If you were one of the diehard fans who stuck with Community through its three-month hiatus, you’re about to be rewarded with not one, not two, but three new episodes in one day. Also after the jump:

  • More Walking Dead alums follow Frank Darabont to L.A. Noir
  • Boardwalk Empire will jump forward in time for Season 3
  • Luck‘s failure costs HBO a ton of money

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We’ve got a ton of small screen-centric odds and ends today, and there’s good news for just about everyone. Unless, that is, you’re Mike Tyson, Spike Lee, John Boyega, or Lord Eddard Stark. After the jump:

  • Simon Pegg enters talks for Frank Darabont’s L.A. Noir
  • The Killing Season 2 drops a new promo
  • Mad Men unveils Season 5 photos and two new promos
  • Showtime announces return dates for Weeds and Episodes
  • HBO passes on Mike Tyson and Spike Lee’s Da Brick
  • Comedy Central picks up Community reruns
  • The Internet speculates about the Doctor’s next companion
  • Robert Rodriguez talks about his new cable network
  • Game of Thrones gets a gruesome new poster, offers first look at Jaquen H’ghar

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With Goodfellas and Casino scribe Nicholas Pileggi writing and James Mangold (Walk the Line, 3:10 to Yuma) set to direct the pilot, it’s probably not surprising that CBS’ 1960s Las Vegas-set Ralph Lamb is attracting some serious acting talent as well. Dennis Quaid is now in talks for the title role, a real-life rodeo cowboy who went on to become Clark County’s longest-serving sheriff. The Shield alum Michael Chiklis is negotiating to play Lamb’s nemesis, a Chicago mobster who decides to take on Las Vegas.

Though Chiklis is known for his work on shows like The Shield, The Commish, and more recently, No Ordinary Family, Ralph Lamb would mark the first regular TV series gig for Quaid. The show is one of two gangster-themed TV shows on Pileggi’s plate at the moment; he also has a small-screen version of Goodfellas set up at AMC. [Vulture, THR]

After the jump, a Heroes alum joins a Walking Dead star on Frank Darabont’s new series.

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