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.