Yeah, See? Watch a Trailer for TNT's Ultra-violent Mob City, from The Walking Dead's Frank Darabont (VIDEO)

As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be watching a gangster series on TNT. And as far back as I can remember is apparently January of 2012, because that's how long ago TNT's gangster epic L.A. Noir was first announced. To put it another way, that's two The Walking Dead showrunners and two titles for this series ago. After being kicked off the AMC zombie smash, Frank Darabont set up L.A. Noir at TNT some 20 months ago, and the network officially ordered the series last fall. Now we're finally getting a look at it with a new trailer for the drama, which was renamed Lost Angels in January of this year and then renamed Mob City today.  

Have a look, it has a bunch of guns and shadowy shots of people puffing on smokes because it's NOIR and don't you forget it:

Yes, that's our pal Shane from The Walking Dead (Jon Bernthal) front and center, as a guy who sees a lot of gray in 1947 Los Angeles. He plays a cop caught between the police and the mobs that really run the town. Also starring are Robert Knepper (CultHeroes, Prison Break's T-Bag), Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes), Jeffrey DeMunn (The Walking Dead), and Neal McDonough (Justified). 

Although the trailer looks totally okay, I have one concern: Darabont is known for his, let's say, deliberate pacing. And noirs are typically slow-movers. Does that mean Mob City will feel like watching a regular show at 1/4 speed? 

Okay, two concerns. Is this really a good fit for TNT, the home of Franklin & Bash


Mob City premieres Wednesday, December 4 on TNT.

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Sep 14, 2013
I'll be there....to the right.....of Officer Wendell White.
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Aug 14, 2013
The 4 episode test for me.

P.S. Doesn't the "The 4 episode test" start to feel like a generally known concept? Among my friends it's become so often that it feels it's been a known thing for years.
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Aug 14, 2013
A 4 episode test would be pointless. There's only gonna be 6 altogether! Might aswell watch the lot if you're planning on watching 4!
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Aug 14, 2013
4 episode test it is
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Aug 14, 2013
If they pull it off right, we're talking a few steps below Sin City, which would make it worth watching (still think they should make a Sin City tv show on a CABLE channel), but TNT??? I'm not holding my breath
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Aug 14, 2013
Mob City is a bad title. Like a Godfather spin-off video game. At least Lost Angels had some sort of a ring to the moral dilemma of cops at the time.
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Aug 14, 2013
Mob city sounds lazy
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Aug 13, 2013
Mob City, really? to me it'll always be LA Noir. Better title yet: LOTTA GANGSTERS!
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Aug 13, 2013
No, this is not a good fit for TNT - this show would make way more sense at Cinemax.

And who in their right mind start a brand new series in December? Seriously... the hell?
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Aug 15, 2013
And not just any show -- who starts a new MOB series in December?
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Aug 13, 2013
I'm fine with mob city. It's not a great name but I've heard a lot worse. Unless there is no mob in it....but so long as that's the premise, the title is fine
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Aug 13, 2013
I'm sold.
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Aug 13, 2013
I forgot to ask but what is an "event series" or whatever they are calling it?
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Aug 13, 2013
Same as a mini-series, I suppose. The difference is that LA Noir isn't mini, it's... AN EVENT. *rolls eyes*
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Aug 13, 2013
or is it a mini-series that could be a recurring mini-series (and how is that different then a series) or if it does well then a "real series"..... is it marketing people who come up with these terms? If so then they all should be shot
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Aug 13, 2013
LA Confidential but in tv form? Pass.
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Aug 13, 2013
was that Simon Pegg at the end?
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Aug 13, 2013
Yes, and that was Simon Pegg in the middle, too.
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Aug 13, 2013
hmm..... I already watch Boardwalk Empire. I also found the movie LA Confidential to be boring. Perhaps it isn't meant to be.
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Aug 13, 2013
Does anyone else think this looks a little too violent for TNT's usual "ah shucks lets solve a crime, best friend" style. My desire for the should would be basically The Shield set in 1947. (In fact if anyone is in contact with Shawn Ryan, tell him to do that on Netflix because that would be awesome.) I like my cop drama's dark. This looks dark, but a good editor can make a Miley Cyrus movie look watchable. So I will have to wait to see it.

Also Mob City is a horrible name. Mob City is clearly Chicago not LA.
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Aug 13, 2013
December 4th---please remind us about this show closer to the date it is going to air.

Looks interesting but can TNT do "ultra-violent"? If the show is anywhere as good as Southland (totally unrelated show but the only great show I can think of on TNT) then I'll watch it. Hmm, didn't NBC originally do southland and TNT just pick it up after the 1st season.

The trailer looks promising but it's hard to tell if a show will be good based on a trailer. I like the emphasis on grey rather then black or white.
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Aug 13, 2013
You kidding? LA Noir was perfect! Kind of surprised they changed it. Then again I imagine it could have been confusing due to the Rockstar game LA Noir....but that's not such a terrible association either.
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Aug 13, 2013
Rockstar wanted to sue TNT because of that title. Or they sued them and won. I don't remember which.
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Aug 13, 2013
This doesn't sound totally terrible and the cast includes several people I've liked a lot in other series. The main problem, though, can likely be spelled out in three letters: T, N and another T. They're infamous (in my book) for hiring very talented actors and then putting them into predictable shows with terrible writing.
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Aug 13, 2013
Examples?
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Aug 13, 2013
Falling Skies, Rizzoli & Isles and Perception all immediately spring to mind, and that's without even giving it much thought. Here's hoping this series follows more in the tradition of Southland than their typical fare, but that's a lot to hope for.
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Aug 14, 2013
I haven't given Falling Skies much chances, but the talent on Rizzoli & Isles doesn't seem wasted, seems like they're delivering consistency, maybe Lorraine Bracco is playing it safe. Perception, Eric McCormack is swinging for the fences every episode. Not everything has to be gritty and hyper-real all the time.
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Aug 15, 2013
I thought about Bruce McGill for "wasted talent" when I mentioned Bracco, but then I remembered he was in Timecop and Black Sheep on purpose - they're entertaining films, but hardly challenging. And occasionally he'll chew a scene or 2 on R&I too, although those moments are smaller this season.

I don't disagree on Perception as a show, but that's just the format, not the actors. I didn't feel Rachael Leigh Cook as a serious FBI agent at first either, but the show is closer to the feeling to Leverage where it's glossy and slick, so I let it slide and she's not as out of her depths now.

TNT's shows are routinely safe, I don't deny that, but they don't let the acting talent languish, they let the acting moments out to shine without being "look at me" stuff or overly quirky characters. That does I suppose give them the freedom to do more CBS-style stuff in that same vein.
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Aug 14, 2013
Back when I was still watching R&I, I remember thinking how the great Bruce McGill, arguably the best actor in the cast, was routinely being wasted. Sure, he's not the star but they still c/should've given him better lines and more of them. If that's changed since I stopped watching, kudos to the producers.

I'll agree that Eric has done a decent job on Perception. I guess I just rapidly tired of the show itself. I could guess the Big Reveal earlier and earlier with each successive episode. It took me several weeks of missed episodes before I even realized that I was no longer watching it. It just never made enough of a lasting impression for me to remember that it was on. (I also think that Rachel is miscast as the FBI agent. To me, that's just not a credible role for her.)

For sure, TNT's fare has a target audience in mind, same as USA does. And I think there's a lot of overlap in the types of viewers they're trying to attract. TNT just fails to lure me in with anything that I've just *got* to see (Southland notwithstanding), whereas USA still has things I do look forward to seeing. I do have hopes that TNT will take more risks and make more interesting programs in the future, they're just not quite there yet. Maybe this latest one will be one of them.

I certainly agree that not everything need be gritty and brutal all the time. That can become exhausting in short order, depending on the particulars. I just think that TNT's shows are mostly safe, predictable, lukewarm dishwater. No offense intended to those who disagree, of course.
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Aug 13, 2013
Shouldn't that article title be "N'yeah, shee? N'yeah."

Jeez, that title is utterly the worst. "Mob City" couldn't be more studio craptastic if it tried. I thought "LA Noir" was a toughy because this came right after that noteworthy video game, but of the 3 it's clearly the best.

I'm not loving the style expressed in the teaser, it's distracting and aggressively trying to make its own statement. I was hoping for something more straightforward where the material could be the star.

Slow pacing is fine provided the writers are adept at crafting serialized television that is satisfying on a per-episode level as well as an overarching level. I don't find noir particularly slow-moving though, the books have a lot of events to jump between, and the movies move pretty quick.

Is this a good fit for TNT? Well, I dunno, it's not a good fit for the TNT that airs F&B, and it's not a good fit for the anti-stylized TNT that airs The Closer/Major Crimes. It's a bit aggressive for the TNT that airs King & Maxwell and Rizzoli & Isles and Perception, which are all lightly styled. It might fit with the TNT that airs Falling Skies and is looking to branch out bigger again.
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Aug 13, 2013
LA Noir- don't hate it but isn't there a video game called that?

Lost Angels- again, not hating it but it reminds me of Lost Souls. *shudders*

Mob City- makes me think of Magic City. Except for Sin City, I don't really jive with "noun + city" titles.
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Aug 13, 2013
The 2011 game was "LA Noire". This show started development in early 2012, which is what led to confusion that they were related and ultimately leading the producers to change the title.

The show's original title "LA Noir" is actually from the 2009 book it's based on though, and the LA Noire video game was originally on track for release in 2008 after 4 years of development (the project's title being released publicly in '05), so it's just 2 unrelated projects that happened to come up with the same name around the same time about similar subjects.

I accidentally messed up my posts and removed them, if it shows I replied thrice.
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Aug 13, 2013
I love Darabont's quote on the name change: "It was going to be called L.A. Noir, based on the book by John Buntin. But the video game company with the video game called L.A. Noire (with an e!) threatened to sue the s— out of me, TNT, every company that actually ever worked in Hollywood. And they have the billions of dollars to back it up, apparently. So we’re changing the title, and I do believe the title is going to be Lost Angels."

Obviously, the title changed again to Mob City, which is just as generic, but not awful.
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Aug 14, 2013
I really don't like his quote, it smacks of whininess and it's inaccurate, Take-Two Games didn't threaten to sue anybody over LA Noire, that was an entirely unfair quote on his part. And he doesn't feel interested to acknowledge that, yes, they came first both in publishing their intent to use the name and in media release.

Here's Take-Two's quote:
"It's unfortunate that Mr. Darabont finds it necessary to gain publicity by making inaccurate statements – Take-Two never contacted Mr. Darabont nor threatened to sue any party. The facts are that Take-Two reached out to Turner to express concern over confusion between the properties and they responded that they had decided to change the title of the show independent of Take-Two's concerns."
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Aug 14, 2013
Interesting! Appreciate the extra info. I just enjoyed his shock at the idea that a video game company was so powerful.
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Aug 13, 2013
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Aug 13, 2013
Simon Pegg! With an American accent!
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