It looks as if TNT put out a successful hit on the series Mob City. Variety is reporting that the event series created by former Walking Dead Showrunner Frank Darabont opened to a modest audience in December, but it just wasn’t enough to keep the show afloat.
Just in case you never had the chance to check out the show, here is the official synopsis for Mob City.
Mob City is based on a true story of a conflict that lasted decades between the Los Angeles Police Department (under leadership of police chief William Parker), and ruthless criminal elements led by Bugsy Siegel, who was in charge of the Los Angeles mafia operations. The series is a fast-paced crime drama set in Los Angeles during 1947, with brief visits to the 1920s to show background information. The so-called noir period in L.A. was a time of flashy cars, newly minted movie stars, and new beginnings. However, it was also a time of lies and corruption. Half of the LAPD was led by the mafia families with the assist of money, and there were huge loopholes in the system, which the mob were taking advantage of.”
A spokesman for TNT told Variety that even though the ratings didn’t warrant more episodes, they were proud of what they had been able to accomplish.
“‘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,” said a TNT spokesperson. “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.”
The cancellation surely didn’t come because of a lack of talent. The show featured The Walking Dead’s Jon Berenthal, Heroes’ Milo Ventimiglia and Robert Knepper, Edward Burns, and more.