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Frank Darabont's noir series Mob City will not return for a second season

02.11.2014

Well, there goes another television series for Frank Darabont. After being booted from THE WALKING DEAD, Darabont developed the TNT series MOB CITY starring Jon Bernthal, Milo Ventimiglia, Neal McDonough, Jeffrey DeMunn, Robert Knepper, and Edward Burns. The high-powered cast looked to be the perfect complement to Darabont's love of retro directors and films. After a three week, six episode debut season opened to lackluster ratings, MOB CITY was cancelled today.

TNT released the following statement about the cancellation.

“Mob City was created as a three-week television event and we are incredibly proud of the six hours we presented of this remarkable drama. Although the ratings of the limited series haven’t warranted more hours we are eager to work with Frank Darabont again and were delighted to bring the vibrant world of Mob City to life.”

Also featuring a supporting turn by Simon Pegg, MOB CITY looked like it could be a unique show that embraced the film noir sub-genre and tell similar stories to the film GANGSTER SQUAD, but in a season-long format. THE WALKING DEAD alumni that populated the series gave it an extra connection to Darabont's previous projects. I am sad to see this one go simply because how great it was to have a weekly dose of Darabont.

Where he goes from here, aside from scripting this summer's GODZILLA reboot, Frank Darabont doesn't have any other films or series in production. Hopefully he gets something going soon as a world without new Darabont films is a sad world, indeed.

Source: Deadline

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8:25AM on 02/12/2014
Love Daranbont but checked out the first two episodes and felt is was quite 'meh'. I'm sure on paper the script was crackling but all the actors (except Robert Knepper) really couldn't sell it, plus the time period and setting is already very played out. Thought the concept for Noir show was exciting but this didn't knock it out the park, shame but not sorry its gone.
Love Daranbont but checked out the first two episodes and felt is was quite 'meh'. I'm sure on paper the script was crackling but all the actors (except Robert Knepper) really couldn't sell it, plus the time period and setting is already very played out. Thought the concept for Noir show was exciting but this didn't knock it out the park, shame but not sorry its gone.
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8:41PM on 02/11/2014
This sucks. I thought it was a solid first season with an awesome cast of characters. It just sucks when really good shows get cancelled like this and Magic City (which I'm still angry about Starz over).
This sucks. I thought it was a solid first season with an awesome cast of characters. It just sucks when really good shows get cancelled like this and Magic City (which I'm still angry about Starz over).
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8:08PM on 02/11/2014

Well crap.

I really liked it since I dig the "old Hollywood" genre, so this news bums me out. Agreed with the previous comments though that TNT really didn't give it much of a fair shake. Instead of treating it like an episodic television show, they bundled it up into a mini-series and didn't support it with any advertising any place other than the TNT channel.
I really liked it since I dig the "old Hollywood" genre, so this news bums me out. Agreed with the previous comments though that TNT really didn't give it much of a fair shake. Instead of treating it like an episodic television show, they bundled it up into a mini-series and didn't support it with any advertising any place other than the TNT channel.
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6:18PM on 02/11/2014

TNT

If it aint a RERUN no one gives a shit!
If it aint a RERUN no one gives a shit!
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5:36PM on 02/11/2014
I watched an episode and a half of it, couldnt really get into it. I think it was because I wanted another Boardwalk but set a few decades ahead. But unlike Boardwalk having elements of actual history coming to life, this just has too much fiction
I watched an episode and a half of it, couldnt really get into it. I think it was because I wanted another Boardwalk but set a few decades ahead. But unlike Boardwalk having elements of actual history coming to life, this just has too much fiction
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5:00PM on 02/11/2014

I'm gonna blame TNT on this shit.

Because I had no idea this show had even aired yet.

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Oh apparently the show sucked? Well there's that too then.
Because I had no idea this show had even aired yet.

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Oh apparently the show sucked? Well there's that too then.
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4:10PM on 02/11/2014
It'd be nice if he could somehow get the rights to "The Dark Tower" from Ron Howard.
It'd be nice if he could somehow get the rights to "The Dark Tower" from Ron Howard.
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3:50PM on 02/11/2014

not surprising

When they moved it around and turned it into a burn off mini-series, the writing was on the wall. They had no intention of a second season before the first one even aired.
When they moved it around and turned it into a burn off mini-series, the writing was on the wall. They had no intention of a second season before the first one even aired.
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3:49PM on 02/11/2014

They aired it at the worst possible time, right before Christmas

I wanted to watch it and forgot when it was on missed the first two episodes and usually TNT airs nothing but reruns of it's shows but for some reason they didn't do it with this show.
I wanted to watch it and forgot when it was on missed the first two episodes and usually TNT airs nothing but reruns of it's shows but for some reason they didn't do it with this show.
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2:58PM on 02/11/2014
TV's really not working out for you, Frank. Maybe you should try making more movies.
Also I don't see his name on the IMDB page for the new Godzilla and this was the first I've heard of his involvement, are you sure about that?
TV's really not working out for you, Frank. Maybe you should try making more movies.
Also I don't see his name on the IMDB page for the new Godzilla and this was the first I've heard of his involvement, are you sure about that?
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4:16PM on 02/11/2014
He did a final rewrite of the script. [link]
He did a final rewrite of the script. [link]
2:52PM on 02/11/2014
I tried watching about ten minutes of the first episode and it was horrid. Good riddance.
I tried watching about ten minutes of the first episode and it was horrid. Good riddance.
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3:51PM on 02/11/2014
Totally agree man, you may have actually watched even more than I did before turning it off...
Totally agree man, you may have actually watched even more than I did before turning it off...
3:59PM on 02/11/2014
I watched the whole thing out of morbid curiosity. it was so ham-fisted and cliche. Simon Pegg's accent was as jarring as Ventimiglia's acting. Glad the rating reflected this. Glad Barenthal didn't get stuck in this schlock. Darabont should take his Hawaiian shirts and get out of showruning.
I watched the whole thing out of morbid curiosity. it was so ham-fisted and cliche. Simon Pegg's accent was as jarring as Ventimiglia's acting. Glad the rating reflected this. Glad Barenthal didn't get stuck in this schlock. Darabont should take his Hawaiian shirts and get out of showruning.
2:52PM on 02/11/2014
Its for the best. It wasn't very good
Its for the best. It wasn't very good
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