After an unbelievably excellent run on The Americans, Matthew Rhys is back on TV headlining HBO’s upcoming prequel/reboot of criminal defense lawyer Perry Mason. Originally played by Raymond Burr in the late 50s and early 60s, this new Perry Mason takes the character back to his younger days as a gumshoe in 1930s Los Angeles, where he takes a case investigating a child kidnapping. Tatiana Maslany, John Lithgow, Robert Patrick, Stephen Root, and Shea Whigham co-star with Robert Downey Jr and his wife Susan Downey executive producing. It looks pretty great and if you’re a fan of stuff like LA Noir (even though this is a slightly earlier time period) this seems right up that alley. The series starts on June 21st and you can check out the trailer below.
While at NYCC, the Everything Action crew got to attend the press conference for the upcoming TNT show, Mob City. Stars Robert Knepper, Ed Burns and Milo Ventimiglia let us know about their characters and what we can expect from the show, which is set during the 40’s in Los Angeles and follows the cops and criminals battling for control of the city. Burns plays Bugsy Siegel, Ventimiglia plays corrupt cop Ned Stax and Knepper plays mob enforcer Syd. The Walking Dead’s John Bernthal, who unfortunately wasn’t in attendance, stars as Detective Joe Teague. Check out the press conference and be sure to check out all of our other NYCC podcasts as well on the site.
TNT has been putting out decent to good crime procedurals but have been trying to emulate the success of some of the more prestigious networks with things like Falling Skies, which is their attempt to mimic The Walking Dead. Their upcoming show, Mob City, looks to be their closest attempt yet to something like a Breaking Bad, Mad Men or, more specifically, Boardwalk Empire. The Walking Dead’s Jon Bernthal stars as LAPD detective Joe Teague in the 1940’s, caught between his chief, William Parker (Neal McDonough) and Mickey Cohen (Jeremy Luke). Ed Burns, Robert Knepper, Jeffery DeMunn, Alexa Davos and Milo Ventimiglia round out the main cast with guest stars like Simon Pegg showing up in 1 or 2 episodes. The show is executive produced by Frank Darabont, who also directed the pilot a la Walking Dead. The show is set to debut this December for six episodes and you can check out the trailer below.