TV News: Noir, Horror, Practice, Cedar

L.A. Noir
TNT has picked up Frank Darabont’s untitled period drama formerly known as “L.A. Noir”. Six episodes of the 40’s and 50’s period cop drama have been ordered by the network. The story revolves around the battle between former Los Angeles Police Chief William Parker and mobster/former boxer Mickey Cohen.

Darabont wrote and directed the pilot which stars Jon Bernthal, Neal McDonough, Jeffrey DeMunn and Milo Ventimiglia. Thomas Jane and Simon Pegg guest star in the pilot. [Source: The Live Feed]

American Horror Story
FX’s “American Horror Story” returned to 3.85 million viewers for its second season premiere, that’s 22% up on the 3.18 million who tuned into the series premiere last year.

‘Asylum’ also pulled 2.78 million in the coveted adults 18-49 demographic. DVR and time-shifted stats are eagerly awaited as the first season was last year’s most time-shifted program according to Nielsen. [Source: The Live Feed]

Animal Practice
After four episodes, NBC has cancelled its veterinary sitcom “Animal Practice” starring Justin Kirk which started soft in the ratings and only sank from there.

New episodes will continue to air until November 14th when the second season of “Whitney” will take over the timeslot. [Source: Variety]

Cedar Cove
Hallmark Channel has given the order to series for its first original scripted drama “Cedar Cove”. The two-hour pilot is set to premiere on January 19th with subsequent episodes to follow in the Spring.

Andie MacDowell stars as a small-town family court judge whose work life directly impacts the obligations of her day-to-day life. Dylan Neal co-stars as the new editor of the local newspaper and her budding love interest. [Source: The Live Feed]