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End Of The Golden Age? 12 Shows Hoping To Be The Next 'Breaking Bad'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 1, 2013 1:31 PM
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12 Show Hoping To Be The Next 'Breaking Bad'
Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone, prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone. The one who knocks knocks no more. We won't give away what went down in Sunday's series finale of "Breaking Bad," partly because we don't want to ruin it for anyone who hasn't yet seen it and partly because we wrote this before it aired, but we know that we're not spoiling anything to say that there's no more of Vince Gilligan's praised-to-the-skies cult hit coming down the pipeline. The show's two-part fifth season has long been planned to be the last, and Walter White's story is well and truly all wrapped up.

Watch: 2 New TV Spots & Poster For Frank Darabont's Event Series 'Mob City'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 30, 2013 10:25 AM
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So what do we watch now that "Breaking Bad" is over? Well, the good news is that television is going through a bit of renaissance with new, promising shows continuing to arrive like clockwork. And in a couple of months, Frank Darabont—who helped launch the phenomenon "The Walking Dead"—will try to achieve the same success with the gangster world in his new event series, "Mob City." Two new TV spots have dropped that certainly turn up the heat on our anticipation for this one.

Watch: Stylish, Moody Teaser For Frank Darabont's TNT Event Series 'Mob City'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 13, 2013 2:37 PM
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Earlier this year, we got "Gangster Squad," a dramatization of the battle between Los Angeles cops and ruthless gangster Mickey Cohen that made Warren Beatty's "Dick Tracy" looks understated and subtle by comparison. In short, it was a disaster, but can the small screen be the saving grace of that juicy story? We'll soon see as in a few months Frank Darabont will drop his take on the tale, and we have to say, as far as first impressions go...this has caught our attention...

First Pic From Frank Darabont's 'L.A. Noir,' TNT Orders Up Six Episodes

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 17, 2012 3:41 PM
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It was back in May when we last heard about Frank Darabont's brewing "L.A. Noir," and its status was uncertain. The pilot episode had wrapped, but a decision was still pending from TNT as to whether or not they would be pushing forward with it. Now, fourth months later, not only do we have our first moody image, it comes with the news that the network has ordered up a six-episode first season of the show. A nice rebound for Darabont after an acrimonious exit from "The Walking Dead."

Thomas Jane To Play Bugsy Siegel In Frank Darabont's 'L.A. Noir'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 31, 2012 5:01 PM
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While Thomas Jane is best known for -- and usually relegated to -- roles that play on his physique and his overt whiff of testosterone, he's somewhat underrated. As anyone who watched HBO's excellent, funny and sadly cancelled "Hung" knows, Jane's man-meat persona was put to good use playing a gigolo in economically-ravaged Detroit, trying to make ends meet for his ex-wife and kids. He was great in the role, showing both the raw sexuality he can project and a tender, softer side as well. All this to say the dude has more range than you might expect, but then again, if you just want him to knock some heads, he can do that too.

Simon Pegg Lines Up Guest Role On Frank Darabont's 'L.A. Noir' Pilot

  • By Simon Dang
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  • March 15, 2012 10:25 AM
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Funnyman Simon Pegg will have to trade in his Starfleet uniform and phaser for a fedora and a gun as he's now set to join the pilot of Frank Darabont's gestating adaptation of John Buntin's epic saga "L.A. Noir: The Struggle For The Soul Of America's Most Seductive City" for the cable network TNT.

Neal McDonough Joins 'L.A. Noir'; Kurt Sutter Teases 'Son Of Anarchy' Prequel & Denise Richards Heads To 'Blue Lagoon'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • March 9, 2012 10:38 AM
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The story of the L.A.P.D. and Mickey Cohen will be the center of Ruben Flesicher's noir-pic "The Gangster Squad" later this year but there's another major production which is using the events as its story: Frank Darabont's teaming with TNT for "L.A. Noir."

'The Walking Dead' Star Jon Bernthal Eyeing The Lead Of Frank Darabont's TNT Series 'L.A. Noir'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • January 24, 2012 10:26 AM
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Much like the characters that wonder aimlessly through the barren wastelands of the world following a zombie apocalypse, “The Walking Dead” has had a difficult journey from the page of the Robert Kurtzman-penned comic books to “Mad Men” home AMC. While the strong ratings certainly don’t reflect the behind-the-scenes turmoil that’s been aired quite publicly since the show’s debut on October 31, 2010, as you know things downhill fast when “The Shawshank Redemption” helmer Frank Darabont shocked many by quitting as showrunner of the series. A dream project he had been trying to get off the ground for years before AMC took a chance, Darabont walked away from the popular series due to clashes with the network over budget cuts and left behind a cast of many, that like a lot of viewers, signed on to the project based on Darabont’s name alone.

Frank Darabont Sets Up Period Crime TV Pilot 'L.A. Noir' At TNT

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 10, 2012 9:23 AM
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It seems fair to say that "The Shawshank Redemption" director Frank Darabont's first foray into television since his movie breakthrough came with mixed success. Despite basically being like every other zombie tale, just slower and more annoying, "The Walking Dead," an adaptation of the long-running comic book, became one of cable's biggest hits when it first aired in 2010. When he came to Comic-Con last year in support of the show, Darabont was high on the potential of a second series, but days later, he left the show, reportedly fired by AMC after clashing with the network over budget cuts.

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