First Trailer for Frank Darabont’s New TNT Series, Now Titled MOB CITY; Premiere Set for December 4th

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TNT has released the first trailer for The Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont’s new drama series Mob City, which was formerly titled Lost Angels.  Based on John Buntin’s acclaimed book L.A. Noir, the story follows the epic battle between a determined police chief and a dangerous mobster in 1940s Los Angeles.  The Walking Dead alum Jon Bernthal leads a cast that includes Neal McDonough, Ed Burns, and Milo Ventimiglia, with Simon Pegg playing a guest role in the first episode (with a spot-on American accent to boot).  This debut trailer is as stylish as it is violent, and the series promises to pull approximately zero punches.  Darabont previously navigated similar period material with The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile, but Mob City looks to be covering considerably dark territory and I’m really eager to see what the filmmaker has cooked up.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer, and click here to read our wide-ranging on-set interview with Darabont about the show.  The series also stars Jeremy Luke, Jeffrey DeMunn, Gregory Itzin, Robert Knepper, and Alexa DavalosMob City will premiere on TNT Wednesday, December 4th.

Creator Frank Darabont and TNT President Michael Wright Talk LOST ANGELS, Renaming the Series, How Dark the Show Can Go, Future Seasons, and More

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As part of the TCA Press Tour, TNT invited members of the press to tour the incredible period sets for their new drama series Lost Angels, at Red Studios in Hollywood, and talk to the cast and creative team behind the show.  Based on John Buntin’s acclaimed book L.A. Noir, the story follows the epic battle between a determined police chief and a dangerous mobster, in 1950′s Los Angeles.  The series stars Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey DeMunn, Neal McDonough, Ed Burns, Gregory Itzin, Robert Knepper, Milo Ventimiglia, Alexa Davalos and Jeremy Luke.

During the interview, show creator/executive producer/writer Frank Darabont and Michael Wright – President and Head of Programming for TNT, TBS and TCM – spoke about how much of the story is real versus how much is fictional, how hard it was to have to rename the show, that the six-episode first season is only scratching the surface of the stories they can tell, what makes L.A. in the ‘50s so fascinating, whether female audiences will connect to such a male-heavy cast, just how dark this show can get, possible future seasons, and the benefits of shooting with the Red camera.  Check out what they had to say after the jump. 

Robert Knepper Talks CULT, Playing a Cult Leader, Frank Darabont’s LOST ANGELS, and R.I.P.D.

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On The CW drama series Cult, investigative journalist Jeff Sefton (Matthew Davis) has learned to live with his younger brother Nate’s obsessions, including his latest rant that a hit TV show intends to harm him. However, when his brother mysteriously disappears, Jeff takes Nate’s paranoia seriously and beings to uncover the dark underworld of the TV show centered on the cat-and-mouse game between a charismatic cult leader (Robert Knepper) and the detective (Alona Tal) who was once a cult member, and its rabid fans.

During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, actor Robert Knepper talked about the unique opportunity of playing both cult leader Billy Grimm and Roger Reeves, the actor portraying that character, finding a balance between the two roles, getting to have moments where he talks directly to the camera, what it’s been like to be a part of shows that have had rabid followings, how much fun he had revisiting his Prison Break character, T-Bag, for an episode of Breakout Kings, getting to be a part of Frank Darabont’s L.A. detective show for TNT (originally titled L.A. Noir, and recently renamed Lost Angels), the experience of working with Jeff Bridges, Ryan Reynolds and Kevin Bacon on R.I.P.D., and how even he still gets a little starstruck sometimes.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Milo Ventimiglia Talks Web Series CHOSEN, Exploring a Full Arc in 6 Episodes, and Frank Darabont’s L.A. NOIR

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The new original series Chosen, available on Sony’s multi-platform online entertainment network Crackle, is a heart-pounding thriller that follows Ian Mitchell (Milo Ventimiglia, who is also an executive producer on the project), a husband, father and lawyer who discovers a mysterious box on his doorstep that contains a loaded gun and a photo of a stranger he is instructed to kill within the next three days.  Transformed into an unwilling assassin, Ian must risk everything to protect his family while looking for a way out of his predicament.

During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, actor/producer Milo Ventimiglia talked about why this web series appealed to him, how he first got involved with Crackle, when he started to see the viability of online programming, how much fun he had exploring such a full arc for his character in only six episodes, and how much he appreciates being in a position where he can contribute more, both creatively and on the business side of things.  He also talked about how excited he is to get back to work on Frank Darabont’s crime drama L.A. Noir, picked up by TNT for six episodes.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

TNT Develops FRANKENSTEIN Series Based on Dean Koontz Novels; Picks Up Frank Darabont’s L.A. NOIR, Plus the First Official Image from the Series

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TNT is looking to further reshape the television landscape by developing Dean Koontz’s best-selling Frankenstein novels into a series and putting a six-episode series order on L.A. Noir, officially returning Frank Darabont (The Walking Dead) to TV.  James V. Hart (Dracula, Hook) and his son Jake Hart will script the modern-day retelling of the Mary Shelley mythology for the Frankenstein series.  Set in New Orleans, the story centers on a war between Dr. Victor Frankenstein and his monstrous creation, Helios. Each survived a fight in the arctic 200 years ago, but the not-so-good doctor has been busy crafting an army of creatures that answer only to him.  The two sides resume their war with New Orleans caught in the middle. Deadline reports that the elder Hart makes his series writing debut with Frankenstein, making him the most recent feature talent to transition to the small screen.  Hit the jump for more on Frankenstein as well as news on Darabont’s L.A. Noir.

Thomas Jane Joins Cast of Frank Darabont’s New TNT Series L.A. NOIR

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As we reported a few months back, writer/director Frank Darabont cushioned his ousting from AMC’s The Walking Dead by swiftly landing a gig with TNT to helm their period drama L.A. Noir. The project is based on the book L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City which focuses on the decades-long conflict between Los Angeles police chief William Parker and mobster / former boxer Mickey Cohen.

Darabont already succeeded in pulling several exited cast members from his former series to his new project (to avoid spoilers for anyone behind on their viewing, names will be revealed after the jump). Now, Darabont is in talks with Thomas Jane (Hung), whose HBO series was recently cancelled after three seasons, to play mobster Bugsy Siegel.  For more on the project, hit the jump.

Simon Pegg May Join L.A. NOIR, Ulrich Thomsen to Co-Star in BANSHEE

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After what’s been years of successful action/comedy/horror films for Simon Pegg, the versatile actor is now reportedly looking to the small screen for a more dramatic project in L.A. Noir. Pegg is circling as a guest star in the pilot written and directed by Frank Darabont. He will join lead actor Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead), as well as Neil McDonough (Minority Report) and Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes) in the TNT period drama. Set in the 1940s and 1950s, L.A. Noir chronicles the war between the LAPD’s Captain William Parker (McDonough) and the mobster, Mickey Cohen. Bernthal stars as Joe Teague, an ex-Marine turned LAPD cop who gets caught up in the conflict, while Ventimiglia stars as a former Marine who served with Teague in WWII and becomes a lawyer for the mob. THR reported on Pegg circling a guest role, but so far there are few details as to his character.

Hit the jump for a casting update on True Blood-creator Alan Ball’s Banshee.

Frank Darabont’s L.A. NOIR Pilot to Star Milo Ventimiglia and THE WALKING DEAD Cast Member

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Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes) is making the jump from network to cable television in Frank Darabont’s (The Walking Dead) TNT drama pilot, L.A. Noir. Set in the 1940s and 50s, L.A. Noir is billed as a fast-paced crime drama based on the book, “L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City” by author, John Buntin. Darabont will write, direct and produce L.A. Noir and will reunite with a cast member from AMC’s hit series, The Walking Dead. Hit the jump to see more on L.A. Noir and just who may be leaving The Walking Dead. We’ll warn you before any potential spoilers.

THE WALKING DEAD Star in Talks to Topline Frank Darabont’s TNT Series L.A. NOIR

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Talk about a doozy. A certain star from AMC’s immensely popular zombie series The Walking Dead is now in early negotiations to join ex-Walking Dead showrunner Frank Darabont’s new period crime drama show at TNT. As this likely means said Walking Dead castmember won’t survive past the current second season, I’m keeping things spoiler-free here on the front page. Darabont was shockingly fired from the smash hit cable series after sparring with AMC over budget cuts and creative issues concerning the record-breaking show, but quickly recovered and is now working on a new series.

The Shawshank Redemption filmmaker wasted absolutely no time moving on, as we reported earlier this month that he’s set up an incredibly ambitious pilot at TNT called L.A. Noir. The show takes place in 1940s L.A. and chronicles the battle between the Los Angeles police and mobster Mickey Cohen. If you want to know, hit the jump to find out which Walking Dead castmember may be headed for the exit door. Be forewarned MAJOR SPOILERS for The Walking Dead lie after the jump.

Frank Darabont Returning to TV with Period Drama Pilot L.A. NOIR for TNT

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After being forced out of AMC’s The Walking Dead over creative issues, writer/director Frank Darabont assured fans that he wouldn’t be absent from television for long. The man spoke truth, as today TNT has announced that they’ve ordered a pilot for a drama series called L.A. Noir that Darabont will write, direct, and executive produce. The project is based on the book L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City which focuses on the struggle between Los Angeles police chief William Parker and mobster Mickey Cohen. Darabont described the project thusly:

“The goal is to deliver on the tone that the title L.A. Noir promises: a smart, gritty, authentic, period noir drama.”

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