Mob City

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Mob City
Genre
Created byFrank Darabont
Based onL. A. Noir 
by John Buntin
Written by
Directed by
Starring
Composer(s)Mark Isham
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes4
Production
Executive producer(s)

Alissa Phillips Dana Renee Ashmore

  • Elliot Webb
Producer(s)
  • Wayne Carmona
  • Paul F. Bernard
Editor(s)Hunter M. Via
Location(s)California
CinematographyDavid Tattersall
Production company(s)Darkwoods Productions
Swiftly Productions
Michael DeLuca Productions
Broadcast
Original channelTNT
Original runDecember 4, 2013 (2013-12-04) – present
External links
Official website
 
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Mob City
Genre
Created byFrank Darabont
Based onL. A. Noir 
by John Buntin
Written by
Directed by
Starring
Composer(s)Mark Isham
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes4
Production
Executive producer(s)

Alissa Phillips Dana Renee Ashmore

  • Elliot Webb
Producer(s)
  • Wayne Carmona
  • Paul F. Bernard
Editor(s)Hunter M. Via
Location(s)California
CinematographyDavid Tattersall
Production company(s)Darkwoods Productions
Swiftly Productions
Michael DeLuca Productions
Broadcast
Original channelTNT
Original runDecember 4, 2013 (2013-12-04) – present
External links
Official website

Mob City is a television series created by Frank Darabont for TNT. It is based on real-life accounts of the L.A.P.D. and gangsters in 1940s Los Angeles as chronicled in the book L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City by John Buntin.[1] The series was known as L.A. Noir and Lost Angels during development. The series premiered on December 4, 2013.[2][3]

Synopsis[edit]

Mob City is the true story of a decades-long conflict between the Los Angeles Police Department, under the determined leadership of Police Chief William Parker, and ruthless criminal elements led by Mickey Cohen, a one-time boxer who rose to the top of L.A.'s criminal world. The series is a fast-paced crime drama set in Los Angeles during the 1940s and '50s. It is a world of glamorous movie stars, powerful studio heads, returning war heroes, a powerful and corrupt police force, and an even more dangerous criminal network determined to make L.A. its West Coast base.[4]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

Guest stars[edit]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

The project was first announced in January 2012, under the title L.A. Noir.[5] When asked about details concerning the show, Darabont said that various cultures, such as that of African-Americans and Hispanics, will likely be explored, as well as that he is interested in expanding upon already touched upon aspects from Buntin's book. Darabont also commented on the general nature of his project, explaining that he wants to avoid it coming off as a docudrama while still staying true to the book,[6] part of the way to do it being to insert fictional characters into the timeline. The series was picked up for six episodes in October 2012.[1]

In January 2013, the title was changed to Lost Angels, as it was considered too similar to that of the video game L.A. Noire.[7] In August 2013, the title was changed again to Mob City.[8]

Casting[edit]

Jon Bernthal was the first to be officially cast, initially as only being in negotiations but a month afterward being officially cast as the lead.[9] Following after him were Milo Ventimiglia,[10] Jeremy Strong,[11] Neal McDonough,[11] and Simon Pegg in a guest role.[12] Alexa Davalos [13] was also cast as the female lead. Following this two more cast members were announced, Jeffrey DeMunn and Andrew Rothenberg. Both having previously worked with Bernthal and Darabont in The Walking Dead.[14] Following the six episode order Pihla Viitala (who was later replaced by Mekia Cox) and Gregory Itzin were confirmed to star.[15] Thomas Jane, who starred in Darabont's The Mist, was in talks to join the show in the role of famous mobster Bugsy Siegel.[16] Edward Burns was later cast in the role of Siegel, instead of Jane.[17] Jeremy Luke was confirmed to be playing the legendary mobster Mickey Cohen in June 2013.[18] Amin Joseph who had previously worked with Darabont on The Mist has been cast in the role of Booker “Skeety” Washington Smith.[19] Robert Knepper confirmed that he had been cast in a recurring role in the series, but at the time his role was unknown.[20] Before filming of the rest of the series began Knepper was promoted to a series regular, as Sid Rothman, a mobster working for Cohen.[21] Ernie Hudson was cast in a recurring role as a mobster nicknamed "Bunny," in June 2013.[22]

Filming[edit]

According to guest star Simon Pegg, filming for the pilot began on May 10, 2012 and wrapped shortly after sunset on May 25, 2012.[23] The rest of the series started filming in June 2013 and ended in late August of the same year.

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(million)
1"A Guy Walks Into a Bar"Frank DarabontFrank DarabontDecember 4, 2013 (2013-12-04)2.29[24]
In 1925, Bugsy Siegel, Meyer Lansky, and Sid Rothman kill some men and steal their booze laden truck; they flee. Later on, in 1947, a man drops off a note in Police Detective Joe Teague's mailbox. Joe later on discovers the note inside a matchbook and goes to a bar called "Bunny's Jungle" at 8 PM as it said on the matchbook. While there, stand-up comic Hecky Nash gives Joe a bodyguard job in exchange for a grand to back him up on a blackmail deal. Joe is hesitant about it and Nash leaves the bar awaiting his answer. Joe immediately pulls files of Nash and tells his superiors Detective Hal Morrison and Captain William Parker about the deal and how it could involve something big. Morrison sets up an undercover mob squad in the LAPD. Joe agrees to Nash's deal and meets up with him later up on the oil fields hills in a more private area while backup awaits down the hill. Sid Rothman meets with Nash and they perform the exchange of some negatives for the cash. Rothman leaves with his package and Nash celebrates his victory at getting the fifty grand. However, he is quickly gunned down by Joe who then wipes the gun down and leaves it near Nash's body and hides the fifty grand in his car. Morrison and the cops arrive and Joe lies to him saying they got split up and Sid must have killed Nash because he was dead when he got there. Joe retreats to "Bunny's Jungle," guilty of killing Nash. There, Ned Stax, a mob lawyer, sits next to him. Joe slides him the match book with the note on it, revealing that Ned was the one who had left it in his mailbox. Joe gives him Hecky's money. Ned hands the money back telling him that his boss Bugsy Siegel wants him to have it, but Joe turns him down not wanting to be an enforcer for the mob. The two part ways wishing each other Semper Fi, the Marine motto, revealing they had fought in the war together. 
2"Reason to Kill a Man"Frank DarabontFrank DarabontDecember 4, 2013 (2013-12-04)2.29[24]
In 1922, a young Mickey Cohen attempts to rob a movie theater. The event inspires William Parker to join the LAPD. Back in 1947, Bugsy Siegel arrives at Mickey Cohen's nightclub "The Clover Club," where he receives Hecky's negatives from Rothman and asks for them to be burnt. Ned then reports to Bugsy that Hecky has been killed by Joe, without payment. This angers Bugsy as he does not want to be seen as a charity case. Morrison brings in Hecky's girlfriend, Jasmine Fontaine, to interrogate her about her relations with Hecky, Mickey and Bugsy. After not being able to get any information out of her, Captain Parker suspects she is hiding something and puts a 24-hour surveillance team on her. While keeping a close eye on Jasmine, Joe follows her to a Union Station, where she hides multiple photographs and a box of camera equipment in a locker. Joe later meets Ned at "Bunny's Jungle" where Ned informs Joe that Bugsy is not happy with his refusal of payment. Joe does not seem to care and begins to gaze at a picture in his wallet. Ned tells him to burn the picture and move on. Joe burns the picture, which is of him and Jasmine on their wedding day, revealing a past relationship between the two. 
3"Red Light"Frank DarabontMichael SloaneDecember 11, 2013 (2013-12-11)1.39[25]
4"His Banana Majesty"Guy FerlandDavid J. SchowDecember 11, 2013 (2013-12-11)1.39[25]
5"Oxpecker"[26]Guy FerlandDavid Leslie JohnsonDecember 18, 2013 (2013-12-18)TBA
6"Stay Down"[26]Frank DarabontFrank Darabont & David Leslie JohnsonDecember 18, 2013 (2013-12-18)TBA

Reception[edit]

Mob City received mixed to positive reviews from critics. Metacritic gave the series a score of 63 out of 100 based on 32 reviews.[27] Idiotbox gave the pilot four stars and stated that it "has promise but is missing a few ingredients needed for greatness".[28]

References[edit]

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  19. ^ "‘Sex Chronicles’ Star Amin Joseph Lands Role In TNT Drama, LA Noir!". The Hollywood Official. 2012-05-08. Retrieved 2012-05-08. 
  20. ^ "Robert Knepper Talks CULT, Playing a Cult Leader, Frank Darabont’s LOST ANGELS, and R.I.P.D.". Collider.com. 2013-03-15. Retrieved 2013-03-15. 
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  22. ^ "TNT’S ‘LOST ANGELS’ ADDS ‘GHOSTBUSTERS’ STAR ERNIE HUDSON". ScreenCrush.Com. 2013-6-05. Retrieved 2013-16-12. 
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  28. ^ "Mob City Season 1 Episode 1 Review : A Man Walks Into A Bar". idiotbox.co.uk.com. 

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