'Mob City' premiere: Frank Darabont's noir is nice to look at, but that's about it

TNT premiered its new drama (excuse us -- event series) "Mob City" Wednesday (dec. 4), a hard-boiled noir from former "Walking Dead" showrunner Frank Darabont. It was an anticipated return to TV for the auteur following his unceremonious ousting from AMC's zombie drama and, well -- at least it looked pretty?The two-hour premiere of the series, telling the tale of the epic battle between L.A. Police Chief William Parker (Neal McDonough) and the mobsters threatening his town in 1947, presents a sumptuous-looking period piece with remarkable attention to detail. But beyond that, it all feels a little bit overblown.The show certainly has all the trappings of a successful noir: There's the cop with the shifty motives (Jon Bernthal's Det. Joe Teague), a rogues gallery of mobsters including Ed Burns' Bugsy Siegel and the dame caught up in the mix (Alexa Davalos -- the only dame in cast, it should be noted). So why did these...



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