Darabont's LA Noir Wins Series Order

Jon Bernthal fights crime

Good news today for Frank Darabont, who has mixed fortunes on the goggle box recently. While he launched The Walking Dead to great acclaim, he was forced to step down from that show at the start of the second season. He moved on to make a pilot for LA Noir and now US channel TNT has ordered a six-episode season of the show. The first official picture from the series is above.

LA Noir adapts John Buntin’s book and finds a roster of cops battling mobsters in the same era as Gangster Squad, even to the point that the primary menace is again Mickey Cohen.

The focus here, though, is Joe Teague (Jon Bernthal), a former Marine now working as part of the LAPD at a time when police corruption is rampant. Mayor Fletcher Bowron (Ron Rifkin) is determined to root out the bad element and also take down Cohen’s mob. So Captain William Parker (Neal McDonough) puts together a team to make that happen, including Detective Hal Morrison (Jeffrey DeMunn), who heads the new unit.

Also featured is Milo Ventimiglia, an old military buddy of Teague’s who's now a lawyer connected to the mob, and Alexa Davalos as Jasmin, a beautiful woman with a dark past who discovers it has come back to haunt her.

Simon Pegg makes an appearance in the pilot, and we’re excited to see this one on screen. As to when that will happen hasn’t yet been set, but hopefully we won’t have to wait too long.