TNT Cancels Frank Darabont’s ‘Mob City’

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TNT will not be moving forward with a second season of their drama series Mob City, the network has confirmed.

Based on the book L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City by John Buntin, Mob City is set in the 1940s in post-war Los Angeles; a city caught between a powerful and corrupt police force and an even more dangerous criminal network determined to make L.A. its West Coast base. Los Angeles Police Chief William Parker has made it his mission to free the city of criminals like Ben “Bugsy” Siegel and Mickey Cohen, the ruthless king of the Los Angeles underworld. Parker also won’t hesitate to go after anyone from his own police force who sells out honor and duty for the sake of a big payout. The drama series is produced by TNT Originals and stars Neal McDonough, Jeremy Luke, Ed Burns, Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey DeMunn, Jeremy Strong, Milo Ventimiglia, Ron Rifkin, Pihla Viitala, Gregory Itzin, Robert Knepper,  Milo Ventimiglia and Alexa Davalos.

The cancellation comes after Mob City – which, despite only receiving a six episode order and being billed as a “three week event, was originally intended as a returning series – failed to make much of a dent in the ratings, with the two-hour series premiere drawing a mere 2.3 million viewers. It follows on from TNT cancelling another similarly low rated drama: King & Maxwell.

Mob City was created as a three-week television event and we are incredibly proud of the six hours we presented of this remarkable drama”, said the network in a statement. “Although the ratings of the limited series haven’t warranted more hours we are eager to work with Frank Darabont again and were delighted to bring the vibrant world of Mob City to life.”

The decision not to move forward with more Mob City also comes at a time when the network, like many of their competitors, are looking to re-enter the mini-series market. To that end, I hear that TNT execs have been hearing pitches from top talent, including a civil war mini which has Rob Lowe and William Peterson attached. The network passed on that particularly entry, however, wanting to find a “buzzy” project with which to re-enter said market.