Mr. Mayor appears to be stepping down. According to Variety, NBC announced today that the Ted Danson-led comedy series has been cancelled after only two seasons on the network.
Tina Fey and Robert Carlock devised the show, which starred Danson as Neil Bremer, a businessman turned politician who campaigns for mayor of Los Angeles in a futile bid to prove his own value. Bremer, on the other hand, finds himself outmatched by the tough new position after gaining it. Beyond his own ego, Bremer must determine out what he truly stands for. His friction with Arpi Meskimen, played by Holly Hunter, his deputy mayor, adds to the series’ intensity, as does his struggle to connect with his teenage daughter Orly, played by Kyla Kenedy.
Bremer’s chief of staff Mikaela Shaw, who is also a social media influencer, was played by Vella Lovell, Mike Cabellon played chief strategist Tommy Tomás, and Bobby Moynihan played communications director Jayden Kwapis.
The series’ first season received mixed reviews, a surprise, and disappointment for a show anchored by two television legends. Ted Danson is perhaps best remembered for his role as a former baseball star and notorious womaniser in the hit sitcom Cheers. He’s also appeared on Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, in which he plays himself, and on the fan-favorite series The Good Place, in which he played a member of the afterlife bureaucracy who pilots experimental torture for a group of recently deceased, only to discover that his subjects are more complicated and redeemable than he had previously thought.
Tina Fey, for one, spent years writing for and performing on Saturday Night Live, the famed sketch comedy show. She’s also the creator of hit television shows including 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Mr. Mayor, on the other hand, has been compared poorly to 30 Rock. However, it will never be known how the series would have progressed if a third season had been ordered.
Universal Television, Little Stranger, Bevel Gears, and 3 Arts Entertainment collaborated on Mr. Mayor. The series’ executive producers were Carlock, Fey, Jeff Richmond, and David Miner. Eric Gurian served as a co-executive producer on the show.