TNT is giving up on a drama series after a short run that failed to live up to ratings hopes. The Los Angeles Times’ Show Tracker reports that Frank Darabont’s “Mob City” was canceled by the channel, getting his post-“Walking Dead” career “off to a zombie-crawl."
While the period noir drama was slated as a limited series, the project had the potential to continue as a series if it drew enough viewers, the story notes. “But the show failed to make a dent with its December rollout — its two-hour premiere opened soft, with just over 2 million viewers,” the article says.
“’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,” a TNT representative said in a statement. “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.”
Darabont adapted the nonfiction book “L.A. Noir” for the six-episode series, which was set in the 1940s.
The piece notes, “The series was eyed as a redemption of sorts for the writer and producer. It was Darabont’s follow-up to AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead,’ the cable powerhouse he was unceremoniously booted from as showrunner early in its run.”