By James Hibberd
Updated October 17, 2012 at 07:00 PM EDT

It’s official: Frank Darabont is returning to TV.

The former Walking Dead showrunner and director of modern classics like The Shawshank Redemption has just received a series greenlit for his TNT period drama project L.A. Noir. The six-episode order also brings back former Walking Dead actors Jon Bernthal and Jeffrey DeMunn, whose characters on the AMC hit were killed off last season. The series is based on the book L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City by John Buntin.

Darabont will write and direct the pilot as well as executive produce the series. Michael De Luca (The Social Network) and Elliot Webb (Tall Time Tales) also executive produce. Here’s a full official description:

“This series is an intense, exciting drama that takes viewers back to a truly fascinating time in the history of Los Angeles,” said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT.