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"Mob City" Trailer: Frank Darabont's F*** You Letter to AMC

By Dustin Rowles | Think Pieces | August 14, 2013 | Comments ()


What, you don’t want me running your highest-rated show anymore, AMC? The one that I helped launch? The one that took off, in part, because of my good name and its association with one of the best movies of all time, Shawshank Redemption? Oh, sure, The Walking Dead is better since I left, but that’s only because I was biding my time. Remember Sophie? Yeah, I was going to wait until, like, the 5th season to finally spring that on the audience. Can you imagine the effect it would’ve had on a viewership that had been lulled literally to sleep by three seasons of long walks in the forest? The shock would’ve have split them in half.

So, you know what? Go to hell. I went to TNT, and I made a new show, and you know what else? I brought Jon Bernthal along with me, since you guys thought it was so important to get rid of him. Do you know how many more seasons I could’ve dragged out the Shane and Rick tension? I had mapped out nine seasons of that, including a season in which they had become lovers.

But whatever. I got gangsters now. We’re talking Los Angeles, 1947. It’s like Boardwalk Empire, only on TNT, so, you know, we can say “sh*t” in really pointed ways, and show really sexy silhouettes of femme fatales. There’s a lot killing in the new trailer for the show, but don’t worry, dear audience members. That’s actually every death from the first three seasons (we film the deaths first, and then sprinkle them throughout the series for color). Jon Bernthal and Jeffrey DeMunn are going to have long walks in the L.A. streets, and they’re going to talk through their problems. The people that die? They are collateral damage, the people that try to keep them from reaching their karmic centers, in what I like to call my 1940s therapy drama.

Yeah, it’s going to get real up in here. Real f**king slow.

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  • D75

    Love me some Jon Bernthal. I will definitely give this one a chance.

  • St

    Hilarious. Thank you for hating it and it’s creators too.

    I’m angry at this show. Because I wanted to see it when they announced it back in winter 1.5 years ago. Right when Shane departed Walking Dead. And then it already past 1.5 years and that show still have not aired. Unbelievable. Not even talking about ridiculous name changes. And they plan to release it in December now. Almost 2 years after actors were cast and it was shot.
    At this point I just lost any interest in it.

  • junierizzle

    A shot at The Walking Dead? I like it.

  • Uriah_Creep

    And smoking... there'll be lots of smoking.

  • GDI

    The Walking Dead became better after Darabont left? Ok, stop with the jokes Dustin.

  • TCH

    Hopefully Darabont brings the same magic he had in the The Walking Dead to Mob City.

  • Artemis

    Oh good, another dimly-lit drama about damaged men being angry and violent. With exactly one woman (hot, naturally) in the main cast of eight actors. And although Wikipedia informs me that Darabont has said he wants the show to explore African American and Hispanic culture, there are exactly zero non-white people in the main cast.

    I think I'll pass, thanks.

  • Mrs. Julien

    You complete me.

  • Xikar

    Hey new idea how 'bout we change the title from The Seven Psychopaths to The Seven Lesbians Who Are All Disabled And Have Overcome All Their Spazzy Shit And Are Really Nice to Everybody And Two of Them Are Black. How 'bout that?

  • Wicked

    Are you seriously shitting on the best season of The Walking Dead?

    Because the rest was bloody ridiculous.

    Also, I think this looks promising, I don't understand the issue here.

  • Repo

    Yeah, I'm confused. Since when is the hive mind that TWD somehow has been getting better as we progress? Because no.

  • GDI

    Absolutely. It had a fair start. Then nosedived so hard it would be pointless to compare it to the Hindenburg.

  • Boobs

    Pretty sure her name was Sophia, not Sophie.

  • RilesSD

    Maybe his skills lend towards the noir/gangster genre, but I don't think you can build a series around Bernthal and his DeNiro-light expressions. Darabont did though, so we'll see.

  • TripleKick

    So we're shitting on the most competently paced/plotted season of TWD now?

  • Fabius_Maximus

    What the hell is an "Event Series"?

  • 724wd

    TNT can say 'shit' now? when did this happen?

  • TheOriginalMRod

    Okay, the dude at the end looked like Simon Pegg ?

  • Krissy

    Right!?!?! I was thinking the same thing.

  • John W

    They're going to make a TV show out of Mulholland Falls if it kills them.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    are we done with mobsters yet? When will we be done with them?

  • Batesian

    Nope, not done with zombies yet, either. But at least we can look forward to Showtime mashing 'em up in their new series, Mob Zombie.

    And yes, Rob Zombie makes a cameo.

  • GDI

    This. All of it.
    I'm tired of mobsters and especially zombies, but this is genius.

  • BlackRabbit

    So you're unfamiliar with the Frankenstein Mobster?

  • emmalita

    Rick and Shane as hate-lovers. I'm cackling with glee.

  • Jerce

    I think Jon Bernthal is a really good actor. But his Ferengi ears distract the shit out of me. Those motherfuckers are enormous.

  • Badalamenti

    Was that Simon Pegg?

  • pajiba

    It IS, but he's just in the pilot.

  • Badalamenti


  • $65530708

    YUP (by his pilot only status I assume he dies).

    *Who's the redhead in the photo?

  • $65530708

    Nevermind, it's Alexa Davalos. Anyone know if she's a regular? I'm totally in she is.

  • Fredo

    I might give it a chance.

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