One of the enduring film noir characters is the hard-boiled detective. Frank Darabont’s three-week event series Mob City (TNT, Wednesdays, 10/9C) is centered on a hard-boiled detective who manages to be both a lone wolf and a cop. It’s an intriguing variation – and Mob City is an intriguing series if such things can be judged by the two-hour premiere, A Guy Walks into a Bar/Reason to Kill a Man.
After creating and showrunning the highest-rated series in basic cable history, Frank Darabont was summarily fired. Instead of seeking revenge, he created another series, Mob City – based on the battle between a determined police chief and a dangerous mobster in 1940s Los Angeles – for TNT. He cast Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead), and Ed Burns (Entourage) as his leads, and the series is scheduled for a December 4th premiere.
The cast also includes Neal McDonough (Justified), Robert Knepper (Prison Break), Alexa Davalos (Clash of the Titans), and Jeremy Luke (Don Jon). Above, and after the jump, check out the key art for the show’s first season – along with the accompanying press release.
A police car pulls into what seems to be an encampment of some sort and a man in uniform gets out, holding a gas can. He walks through the encampment until he spots a young girl [from behind]. When he calls to her, she turns to face him – and he sees that she is partially decomposed. Drawing his sidearm, he shots her in the head. Roll opening credits. Welcome to The Walking Dead [AMC, 10/9C].