Michael Rapaport is set to bring the muscle to TNT, as the actor has been tapped to co-star in the network’s forthcoming cop drama pilot from Ed Burns.
The 43-year-old actor, who has taken turns on the big screen (most recently ‘The Heat’) and the small (most notably ‘Boston Public’), will be one-half the cop duo on this period drama titled ‘Public Morals,’ as first reported by Deadline. Starring Burns, who is also the writer and director, the show is set in the time and place where his father worked as a police officer: 1960s New York City.
Rapaport is the overtly-named Charlie Bullman, the brawny partner of Burns’ Terry Muldoon. The pair is set to walk the notoriously thin and blurry line between good and evil, between right and wrong. Temptation abounds in this world, as Muldoon tries to stay honest in amid lies and deceit.
This will be the second time Burns finds himself starring in a TNT cop show in as many years, as the actor portrays Bugsy Siegel in the network’ recent release, ‘Mob City.’ Instead of 1967 N.Y.C., this one takes place in 1940s L.A.
So, is there room for a pair of police period dramas on cable TV, let alone the same network? Burns has plenty of control, and Steven Spielberg is on hand as an executive producer alongside Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey, and Aaron Lubin. For now there is a pilot set, so we will have to wait and see in the New Year.
In the meantime, your Rapaport fix can be satisfied on FX, where he has earned a regular on ‘Justified’ that will run the entirety of the fifth season.