TNT Greenlights Darabont's 'L.A. Noir' Crime Drama

Series, Based on Book, Receives Six-Episode Order

TNT has ordered six episodes of a crime drama based on the book L.A. Noir from former Walking Dead showrunner Frank Darabont.

The untitled project tells the true story in John Buntin's book of the battle between Los Angles police chief William Parker and a mobster Mickey Cohen during the 1940s and ‘50s.

"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, TBS and TCM, in making the announcement.

Darabont, Michael De Luca (The Social Network, Moneyball) and Elliot Webb (Tall Time Tales) will executive-produce the TNT Originals project with Alissa Phillips serving as co-executive producer. Darabont wrote and directed the pilot.

The pickup comes as TNT is expanding its original programming to a year-round model. The network recently announced that new medical drama Monday Mornings and unscripted series Boston's Finest will premiere this winter along with returning shows Rizzoli & Isles, Leverage, Dallas and Southland.