The creation of the new show “Public Morals” (2015-Present) came from creator Edward Burns, an actor, who came a long way to make it.
Originally, Burns had been working on film scripts about Irish-American New York City police officers and Irish-American gangsters since executive producer Steven Spielberg suggested he write a script about his father’s experience on the NYPD while on the set of the 1998 film “Saving Private Ryan”, in which Burns played the character Private First Class Richard Reiben and Spielberg directed.
Now “Public Morals” did not draw from those scripts, but the research he had done for the other scripts helped establish a foundation for the television series. While producing the series, Burns incorporated references to some of his favorite police and gangster films in the series, including references to the 1961 film “The Hustler”, the 1972 film “The Godfather”, the 1971 film “The French Connection”, and the 1973 film “Mean Streets”, among other films.
So, after almost two decades that lead up to his new show “Public Morals”, which debuts tonight, Burns will begin a journey with his new show that will, hopefully, also last a long time.