Frank Darabont was fired by AMC after a groundbreaking pilot season from “The Walking Dead”. Washington D.C.-native Jon Bernthal had his “Walking Dead” persona Shane Walsh killed last season. Same goes for Jeffrey DeMunn’s Dale splaying out as a zombie buffet at the end of season two.
These alums of dramatizing zombie survivalism will join Alissa Phillips of “Moneyball” and Milo Ventimiglia – best known on TV for NBC’s “Heroes” – on a new crime drama TNT takes with a greenlight transparency.
“L.A. Noir” is the series creation of Frank darabont, who shares executive producer credits and responsibilities with Michael DeLuca (“Moneyball”) and Elliott Webb (“Talll Tale Stories”).
A ten year saga between the vying powers of gangland and the police force frames the six episodes ordered. The series leading power centers of 1950s Los Angeles comprise mob boss Mickey Cohen and police chief William Parker.
“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.”
The cast well-stocked with credible actors underlines this power ensemble with the likes of Ron Rifkin (“Alias”, “L.A. Confidential”), Pihla Vitola (“Tears of April”), Neal McDonough (“Captain America”, “Desperate Housewives”), Jeremy Strong (“Lincoln”, “The Good Wife”) and Alexa Davalos (“Clash of the Titans”, “The Chronicles of Riddick”).
“L.A. Noir” is adapted from author John Buntin’s best seller L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City.