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Noir gangster series 'Mob City' promoted via Twitter blitz by TNT

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TNT is using Twitter to promote the new gangster series, "Mob City," which is premiering on Wed., Dec. 4, 2013 (9 p.m. ET/PT). Starting on Dec. 2, the script for the premiere episode has been posted, line by line at @MobCityTNT. TNT heralds it as the first script to be adapted to Twitter.

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"Mob City" is a classic noir style series, harking back to the classic noir films of the 1930s and 1940s. The limited-run series, which airs over the next three Wednesday nights, is a television event from Frank Darabont ("The Walking Dead"). "Mob City is based on the critically acclaimed book L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City, by John Buntin.

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Through TNT’s Mob City adaptweetion, created in collaboration with Deutsch NY, story unfolds gradually over three days, taking followers to the point just before the end of the first episode, when a shocking turn of events occurs. The Twitter event will not reveal the shocking ending, so fans will have to tune into the premiere to find out what happens.

Post-war Los Angeles of the 1940s, the setting of the series, is home to glamorous movie stars, powerful studio heads and returning war heroes. The criminal network is determined to establish L.A. as its West Coast base and the police force is dangerously corrupt. Los Angeles Police Chief William Parker (Neal McDonough) forms a task force to free the city of criminal elements and police corruption.

Central character Det. Joe Teague (Jon Bernthal), an ex-Marine who holds his cards close to his chest, has been assigned to new mob task force headed by Det. Hal Morrison (Jeffrey DeMunn). They are battling gangsters like Ben “Bugsy” Siegel (Ed Burns) and Mickey Cohen (Jeremy Luke), the ruthless king of the Los Angeles underworld.

In addition to the TNT’s Twitter adaption of the opening episode, Mob City stars will add their voices to the Twittersphere. To join the conversation, look for Jon Bernthal (@jonnybernthal), Milo Ventimiglia (@miloventimiglia),vEd Burns (@edward_burns) and guest star Simon Pegg (@simonpegg). Frank Darabont’s prose will also be a part of the adaption (@frankdarabont).

Darabont wrote and directed the opening installment and serves as executive producer on the series. "Mob City" stars an exceptional ensemble cast that includes Jon Bernthal ("The Walking Dead") as Joe Teague; Milo Ventimiglia ("Heroes"); Neal McDonough ("Captain America," "Desperate Housewives") as LA Police Chief William Parker; Alexa Davalos ("Clash of the Titans," "The Mist"); Jeffrey DeMunn ("The Walking Dead," "The Shawshank Redemption") as Det. Hal Morrison; Gregory Itzin ("24"); Robert Knepper ("Prison Break"); Jeremy Luke ("Don Jon") as gangster Mickey Cohen; and Ed Burns ("Entourage") as gangster Bugsy Seigel.

"Mob City" is being produced by TNT Originals. Working on the series with Darabont, De Luca and Webb are co-executive producers Alissa Phillips and Dana Renee Ashmore, with Paul Bernard serving as producer.

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