” If you ask me, this city is crawling with monsters and hoodlums. You just need to know where to look.”
Oh boy. So what looks like another juicy crime drama for us to dabble into (see HBO’s True Detective), TNT’s Mob City premiere will air Wednesday, December 4th. And because period pieces tend to be a little on the expensive side (this is 1940 we’re talking about), the network has decided to air back-to-back episodes every Wednesday for the next three weeks to see how things go before committing fully. Which, the ratings better be good, because this truly looks badass.
Mob City is written by Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Walking Dead) and is based on the wild wild west mentality of LA in the turn of the century, along with incidents referenced directly from L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City by John Buntin.
Stars of the show include John Berthal as Joe Teague, Simon Pegg as Hecky Nash, Jeffrey DeMunn as Hal Morrison, and as Alexa Davalos as Jasmine Fontaine
Darabont said in an interview Mob City is, “[p]ost-war, when L.A. was a boomtown and it was expanding, the mob wanted to get in here and control it[.] […] Corruption in the police department was so rampant that more cops were on the mob payrolls back then than not. What’s not to love about that?”
Well, nothing! Nothing at all, Mr. Darabont!