After only six episodes, TNT has officially "whacked" its period crime drama 'Mob City.' One might say that it sleeps with the fishes, if one loved using ancient mafia cliches.
Based on the non-fiction book 'L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City' by author John Buntin, 'Mob City' follows a decades-long conflict between the L.A.P.D. and the many ruthless criminal organizations hell-bent on claiming the city of angels as their own.
Leading the cops is hard-nosed police captain William H. Parker (Neal McDonough), who will do anything to bring down the mob. Fronting the criminal side is notorious gangster Bugsy Siegel (Ed Burns), but it's really vicious mobster Mickey Cohen (Jeremy Luke) that takes care of the day to day dirty work. Caught in the middle of this conflict is 'The Walking Dead's Jon Bernthal as Detective Joe Teague, a man who just also happens to have served along Mickey's lawyer Ned Stax (Milo Ventimiglia) in the war.
That's just the beginning of the tangled web 'Mob City' weaves, and the talented list of actors above doesn't begin to scratch the surface of the roster that series creator Frank Darabont was able to put together. Director of films like 'The Shawshank Redemption,' and developer of the aforementioned AMC mega hit 'The Walking Dead,' Darabont has a lot of powerful allies in Hollywood. Unfortunately, those connections weren't enough to make people tune in.
Over its three week run, 'Mob City' averaged a paltry 1.68 million viewers. That number is far from good, especially when you consider the large budget Darabont was given to work with. Like with 'TWD,' Darabont's plan was to produce this short first season, and then expand in year two. Of course, we now know that those plans won't come to fruition. Poor guy, two straight series, one season and out. Well, at least he wasn't simply fired and replaced this time.