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

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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.



Comments (18)

  • Uh,NO!

    Comment by Shaun – October 30, 2013 01:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • No kidding. What’s worse than another cop drama? A period cop drama. YAWN

      Comment by ajintexas – October 30, 2013 03:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love me some Ed Burns. Can’t wait.

    Comment by Jay – October 30, 2013 01:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • so just like mob city except in New york in the 60s???

    Comment by Michael Lee Kirk – October 30, 2013 01:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I do enjoy Ed Burns! So I will check it out!

    Comment by sarah – October 30, 2013 01:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It makes sense. Set a procedural in a period that the people who watch procedurals can remember fondly.

    Comment by JJ – October 30, 2013 02:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by Zach – October 30, 2013 03:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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.

        Comment by Kelly – October 31, 2013 05:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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…

        Comment by Mel – October 31, 2013 09:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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

    Comment by Darlene – October 30, 2013 02:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Nope. No more cop dramas on TNT after they cancelled Southland.

    Comment by Talia – October 30, 2013 06:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • They allowed it to run for 5 seasons. It’s not like they cancelled it after 2 or 3 episodes.

      Comment by Zach – October 30, 2013 06:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • TNT saved Southland after it was originally canceled and kept it on the air for a few more years despite the fact that it NEVER got good ratings. Stop being so ungrateful. You should be thanking TNT for giving you more time with the show.

      Comment by Kelly – October 31, 2013 05:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • You and Zach are morons.

        Comment by Carla – October 31, 2013 12:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I completely agree with you Talia.

      Comment by Carla – October 31, 2013 12:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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