Fans of Frank Darabont‘s TV follow-up to The Walking Dead, Mob City, will be saddened to learn that a second season is not on the way.
TNT has decided not to continue with the show, which premiered this past December as an event series with three two-episode installments equaling out to a six-hour debut season. While it looked excellent, the show simply did not deliver the numbers and attention to win additional episodes.
This statement about the decision was released:
“Mob City was created as a three-week television event and we are incredibly proud of the six hours we presented of this remarkable drama. Although the ratings of the limited series haven’t warranted more hours we are eager to work with Frank Darabont again and were delighted to bring the vibrant world of Mob City to life.”
While they claim Mob City was created as a three-week event, Darabont had it planned out as a new TV series, and compares the plan to what was done with The Walking Dead:
“We were never really geared to be a limited miniseries. Think of this as a half a season. Just like when we started The Walking Dead, that was six episodes — a half a season. It’s just the way they’re airing it has created this impression that it’s a different kind of thing. It’s not. We shot these as individual hours just like any hour of television show.
The whole idea was if there is a second season, if we earn an audience, they will give us a more typical order. Just like Walking Dead. The idea of doing six to start is brilliant. I don’t know if we invented that with Walking Dead, but we might have. It gives the filmmaker a chance to prove his case with the audience more than just a pilot. You can’t really tell anything from a pilot. With six, you can really make your case and the network can give you the opportunity to do that without committing their resources for a full season. It’s a great way to launch something.”
Mob City was based on the book L.A. Noir by John Buntin, and starred Walking Dead alums Jon Bernthal and Jeffrey DeMunn.