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TNT’s ‘Lost Angels’ Becomes ‘Mob City,’ Releases Badass First Trailer

It’s here! It changed its name again, but it’s finally here! The first trailer for Frank Darabont’s TNT crime drama ‘Mob City’ (formerly ‘Lost Angels,’ ‘L.A. Noir‘) has finally arrived, and proven every bit as gritty and cool as we’d hoped. The cable network has begun billing ‘Mob City’ as an “event series” with a December 4 premiere though, so might this be our only stay in ‘Mob City?’

No explanation was given for the second name change, as the show had previously switched from ‘L.A. Noir’ to ‘Lost Angels’ to avoid any legal drama with the Rockstar game of a similar name. And while the ‘Mob City’ trailer gets dank and gritty with all its talk of “grey hats” and crime, it remains to be seen if the period drama will grow beyond its “event series” moniker. TNT president Michael Wright recently previewed that the December release “set up a beautiful season 2,” and creates a “fantastic mystery established in the pilot that will invest you in the outcome” for potential future seasons.

Written and directed by Frank Darabont, ‘Mob City’ revolves around the police force’s pursuit of mobster Mickey Cohen and takes its basis from John Buntin’s book ‘L.A. Noir: The Struggle For the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City,’ which recounts the story of decades-long conflicts between the LAPD and the city’s criminals. The series features ‘The Walking Dead‘ star Jon Bernthal as Joe Teague, the LAPD cop at the center of the drama, and ‘Heroes’ alum Milo Ventimiglia as a former marine who served with Bernthal’s character during World War II and now works as a budding lawyer for the mob.

Rounding out the high-profile cast is ‘24‘ vet Louis Lombardi, Iddo Goldberg, ‘LOST‘ and ‘Mad Men‘ alum Patrick Fischler, ‘Anger Management‘ star Stephen Monroe, Ed Burns as Bugsy Siegel, ‘Ghostbusters‘ star Ernie Hudson, former ‘Justified’ guest star Neal McDonough as LAPD Chief Parker, Darabont collaborator Jeffrey DeMunn as detective Hal Morrison, and Alexa Davalos as Jasmine, a “beauty with a complicated past.” Also, ‘Star Trek Into Darkness‘ and ‘The World’s End‘ star Simon Pegg will appear in the show’s pilot as third-rate comedian and mob hanger-on Hecky Nash.

Well, what are you waiting for? Check out the impressive first trailer for ‘Mob City’ above, and tell us if you’ll tune in for the December 4 premiere in the comments!

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