And he’s back. TNT has picked up former Walking Dead showrunner Frank Darabont’s drama project L.A. Noir to series with a six episode order. The show’s first season is set to air on TNT in 2013, as part of the network’s push into year round programming.
Based on the book L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City by John Buntin, the 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 drama series is produced by TNT Originals and stars Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead), Jeffrey DeMunn (The Walking Dead), Jeremy Strong (The Happening), Neal McDonough (Desperate Housewives), Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes), Ron Rifkin (Alias), Pihla Viitala (Tears of April) and Alexa Davalos (The Mist). Frank Darabont wrote and directed the pilot with Alissa Phillips (Moneyball) of Michael De Luca Productions serving as co-executive producer.
“This series is an intense, exciting drama that takes viewers back to a truly fascinating time in the history of Los Angeles,” said 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.”