TNT Orders Period Cop Drama Pilot Penned By and Starring Ed Burns

Ed Burns TNT DramaEd Burns, who plays Bugsy Siegel on TNT’s upcoming Mob City, now has sold the cabler a pilot for a retro cop drama which he will write, direct and star in.

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Public Morals, set in the NYPD’s Public Morals Division circa 1967, will follow cops as they walk the line between morality and criminality, facing the temptations that come from dealing with all kinds of vices.

Burns will star as Terry Muldoon, a cop who knows the line between the good guys and bad guys is thin, and he is determined to raise his sons to be honest and hardworking as he deals with the dark underbelly of the vice world.

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Burns — whose writing credits include the films The Brothers McMullen and She’s the One — will also serve as an executive producer alongside Steven Spielberg (who directed him in Saving Private Ryan), Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey and Aaron Lubin.

TNT’s aforementioned Mob City premieres Wednesday, Dec. 4.

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18 Comments
  1. Jay says:

    I love me some Ed Burns. Can’t wait.

  2. so just like mob city except in New york in the 60s???

  3. sarah says:

    I do enjoy Ed Burns! So I will check it out!

  4. JJ says:

    It makes sense. Set a procedural in a period that the people who watch procedurals can remember fondly.

    • Zach says:

      I’d take an episode of Monk or Psych over an episode of Breaking Bad or Homeland any day. I’m 18. There’s nothing wrong with procedurals, as long as they’re done well. Like CSI, thats crap. Why? Because it focuses more on the cases than the characters.

      • Kelly says:

        That’s kind of the whole point of a procedural. The cases are the thing. Law and Order ran successfully for 20 years and you never knew anything about the characters home life or what they did after work.

      • Mel says:

        You’re just like my daughter. Procedural’s bore her to death. I am flummoxed by that attitude, because some procedural’s are really really good. It must be an age thing, If you just invested some time, you might be surprised. Oh well…

  5. Darlene says:

    I’ll try it after one season and a renewal. Otherwise, why start watching TNT series; they cancel the good ones. Bring back King and Maxwell, and Leverage

  6. Talia says:

    Nope. No more cop dramas on TNT after they cancelled Southland.

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