News Briefs: TNT Orders Frank Darabont's L.A. Noir to Series

By Tim Surette

Oct 18, 2012


... TNT has finally given the green light to L.A. Noir, the period drama that was announced like 67 years ago or maybe 18 months ago. It's the project Frank Darabont created after he was kicked off of The Walking Dead and it centers on the world of cops and crimes in 1940s and 1950s Los Angeles. However, TNT has ordered six episodes to start. That could have something to do with Darabont's notorious attention to detail, which is a euphemism for TOTAL CONTROL. Anyway, the drama stars The Walking Dead's Jon Bernthal and Jeffrey DeMunn, as well as Milo Ventimiglia, Neal McDonough, and Simon Pegg. [TNT via press release]

... TNT has also put an adaptation of Dean Koontz's Frankenstein book series into development. This twist on the classic centers on a new version of Doctor Frankenstein, Victor Helios, living in New Orleans 200 years after he thought he killed his beast creation (Victor is staying alive with some tricky science), but the monster is alive and well and living in New Orleans too. So they both get an apartment together and hilarity ensues! Oh wait, that's not right. They battle each other to the death. Was the original Frankenstein story that boring, Mr. Koontz? [Deadline Hollywood]

... CBS has ordered a show called Bake Off to series. It's based on the British series The Great British Bake Off. It's a reality competition program featuring contestants seeing how high they can get I WISH!!!! It's a reality competition featuring Americans baking things. Apparently it's a huge hit in England, but then again, so are baked beans for breakfast. [CBS via press release]

... ABC is adapting the Dutch series Vuurzee under the name of Sea of Fire. The would-be series would follow murders, kidnappings, and teen porn movies that tear apart a small town. Apparently the series drew comparisons to Twin Peaks, which these days means it would probably be a better fit for cable. [Deadline Hollywood]


... More debatings for the ratings! President Barack Obama and Businessman Mitt Romney got on stage and pointed fingers at each other again last night, and 65.6 million people watched. That's a couple million below the last presidential debate, so maybe they'll get renewed for another debate! NBC beat all other networks with 13.8 million total viewers. [EW]

... Maybe those two million fewer people were watching Emily Owens M.D.? The CW's new medical drama debuted last night against the debates and drew 1.7 million viewers for a 0.5 adult demo rating. That's not that great. [EW]


... There will be a bit of a crossover episode between Happy Endings and Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 on October 30. DTTBIA23 will host, when June makes a video—think fan-made YouTube tribute video—of Chloe in a fake relationship with one of the Happy Endings guys. But which one? [TV Guide]


... Dylan McDermott is joining the rest of his old buddies and guesting on American Horror Story: Asylum. McDermott famously and furiously masturbated in the first season as the cheating husband of the haunted house. He joins fellow returnees Jessica Lange, Evan Peters, and Zachary Quinto in Season 2. [EW]

... Terriers' Donal Logue will guest-star on Sons of Anarchy as a U.S. Marshal. Look for him in the final three episodes of Season 5. [EW]


... Emily Maynard and Jef Holm, the "winners" of last season's The Bachelorette, have called off their engagement, which means there are two more lunatics out there in the dating pool SO LOOK OUT! [EW]

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  • dref22 Oct 19, 2012

    TNT finally ordered LA Noire! I almost thought they changed their minds.

    Newsflash: Bye, Animal Practice.

  • JT_Kirk Oct 19, 2012

    TNT is wise! 6 episodes is a safe commitment. A show like this is bound to either be expensive or cheesy to look right, so taking a smaller risk makes a lot of sense especially with a relatively expensive TV cast.

    Chloe in a fake relationship with Max? Awesome! Anybody else? Never, it's going to be Max, if it were Dave it'd be painful to watch and Brad already has a tall, skinny white girl. Only Max can stand up to Chloe's crazy crap.

  • bothcats Oct 19, 2012

    L.A. Noir looks to have a superb cast!!!!

    However, let's hope Mr. Darabont keeps the pacing a bit faster than he did the first half of the second season of The Walking Dead.

    Also, Tim... I challenge you to a 'Bake Off' :P

  • TFPtMaster Oct 19, 2012

    I'm curious to see how much L.A. Noire can achieve.

  • zaggy7 Oct 18, 2012

    Okay Tim, you've dropped Supernatural and now you are ragging on Dean Koontz. What has marriage done to you? LOL

    Very excited about LA Noir AND Frankenstein!

  • SinspaW Oct 18, 2012

    The cast for LA Noire looks pretty interesting to be honest.

  • Taccado Oct 18, 2012

    That crossover idea sounds amazing!

    Next CBS should do a crossover between POI and 2 Broke Girls. Reese has to save Max and Caroline, but just doesn't seem to be bothered about the whole thing. Max and Caroline are killed in a robbery, while Reese drinks his coffee. 2 Broke Girls ends there, while POI goes on for four more glorious seasons.

  • darkitp Oct 19, 2012

    POI should make a spin-off for the machine itself .. and should be called GLaDOS

    and the event take place 300 years into the future , where mankind is no longer , and machine is making error judgments to test the last human in earth in a test chambers and if the test subject succeeded she will be given a cake ..

  • GreenyFool Oct 18, 2012

    Is it based off the game? It will be incredible either way!

  • Raccoon1459 Oct 18, 2012

    It's actually based on a book. I loved the game, though.

  • MsBoonzie Oct 18, 2012

    Insanely excited about L.A Noir! Haven't really heard about it before, but I can't imagine anything that's about the 1940's and 50's being bad ;)

  • Air-man77 Oct 18, 2012

    Finally TNT greenlight "L.A. Noir". Yay !

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