TNT Hands Series Order To Police Drama ‘Public Morals’ From Ed Burns & Steven Spielberg

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TNT has picked up their 1960s set police drama Public Morals to series. The period piece, from Ed Burns and Steven Spielberg has received an order for ten episodes and will enter production later this year for a 2015 premiere.

Public Morals tells the story of New York City’s Public Morals Division, where cops walk the line between morality and criminality as the temptations that come from dealing with all kinds of vice threaten to get the better of them. The show centers on Officer Terry Muldoon, who is determined to raise his sons to be honest and hardworking as he deals with the city’s dark underbelly.

The drama was created by Ed Burns, who also stars as Officer Terru Muldoon. Other cast members include Michael Rapaport (Justified) and Elizabeth Masucci (The Americans). Amblin Television produces the drama with Burns, Steven Spielberg, Aaron Lubin, Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank serving as executive producers.

“Edward Burns is one of my favorite filmmakers, and in Public Morals, he has created an incredibly authentic series, inspired by his own life growing up in a family of cops in 1960s New York,” said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). “We’ve seen many stories about organized crime and corruption in the city, but this is a different way into that world as seen through the eyes of Irish-Americans, many of whom worked as police officers. We’re also excited to have the inspired creative guidance of Steven Spielberg and our partners at Amblin Television on what is certain to be one of the most talked-about new series of 2015.”

Public Morals is the second drama pilot that TNT picked up to series today. The other, Proof, is toplined by Jennifer Beals tells the story of a brilliant surgeon who, following the death of her teenage son, begins investigating supernatural cases, including those of hauntings and reincarnation, in search of proof that death is not the end. There has been no official word on the network’s remaining two pilots (Agent X and Guilt By Association), but word has it that both will not be moving forward.