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Zombies in His Past, Now Onto Cops

In preparing for “Mob City,” a fictional look at the seedy underbelly of 1940s-era Los Angeles and his first new television series in three years, Frank Darabont has had to excise other favorite TV shows and movies from his regular cultural diet.

Gone were dramas like HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” which is set in an earlier era than “Mob City” but also deals with the roots of organized crime, as well as thrillers like “L.A. Confidential,” which could be a source of distraction or envy to anyone looking to cover similar turf.

Nor has he been keeping up with the AMC series “The Walking Dead,” but that is for a very different reason.

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