Frank Darabont TNT drama picked up, reunites 'Walking Dead' actors

It’s official: Frank Darabont is returning to TV.

The former Walking Dead showrunner and director of modern classics like The Shawshank Redemption has just received a series greenlit for his TNT period drama project L.A. Noir. The six-episode order also brings back former Walking Dead actors Jon Bernthal and Jeffrey DeMunn, whose characters on the AMC hit were killed off last season. The series is based on the book L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City by John Buntin.

Darabont will write and direct the pilot as well as executive produce the series. Michael De Luca (The Social Network) and Elliot Webb (Tall Time Tales) also executive produce. Here’s a full official description:

This new series tells 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 new drama stars Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead) as Joe Teague, an ex-Marine now working as an LAPD cop in an era rampant with police corruption. Jeffrey DeMunn (The Walking Dead, The Shawshank Redemption) plays Det. Hal Morrison, who heads up the LAPD’s new mob squad, with Jeremy Strong (The Happening, Lincoln) as Det. Mike Hendry, Morrison’s second in command. Neal McDonough (Captain America, Desperate Housewives) is Capt. William Parker, Teague’s boss who is determined to weed out corruption and bring down Mickey Cohen. And Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes) plays Ned Stax, who fought alongside Teague during World War II but who now works as a lawyer with connections to the mob. In the pilot, Simon Pegg (Star Trek, Shaun of the Dead) guest-stars as Hecky Nash, a third-rate comedian and mob hanger-on.

“This series is an intense, exciting drama that takes viewers back to a truly fascinating time in the history of Los Angeles,” said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT.

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