anyone catch TNT's new series Mob City
I saw the first double-episode (they show two episodes at a time, so it's two hours at a time), it's about the organized crime in LA in the late 40's; headed by Bugsy Siegel and Mickey Cohen under him; there are parallel stories with the mob and with the cops trying to catch them, and of course many cops are corrupt and on the mob's payroll. Production looks pretty with the sets and cars and costumes and machine guns etc. etc. But IMO the acting rangers from average to bad; in the first double episode, IMO there were exactly two actors who delivered good performances: Milo Ventimiglia and the lovely Alexa Davalos.
Mark Isham does the music; there are lots of songs sung in nightclubs (like you'll hear the song in the background during a scene, and then they'll cut to a scene with some characters in a nightclub watching a performance of that song, so it's like the music is partially "internal" (not sure if Isham composed original songs or if he is re-arranging songs of the period).
There's one scene that takes place in '45 or '47 where some Cagney mimics Cagney "top of the world" - White Hea
t didn't come out till 1949
If you're interested, you can watch that first double episode here http://www.tntdrama.com/series/mob-city/?SR=Mob_City_tv
New double episode on TNT Wednesday.
The story thus far is pretty good, a nice amount of suspense/mystery/twists. But it's just not done well, and as I said, the acting is bad, so it's not terribly fun to watch.
I'll probably give it one more shot by watching Wednesday's episodes, but that's all – if things don't get drastically better, I am done. And frankly, I'm not expecting them to - how good can it get with a cast that is crap other than two people? IMO, in the next episode, they should kill off everyone besides Ventimiglia and Davalos and continue the show with the two of them as leads