By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief
Palisadian Ted Danson will remain in office for another season as “Mr. Mayor,” NBC confirmed on March 22.
“‘Mr. Mayor’ follows a retired businessman (Danson) who runs for mayor of Los Angeles to prove he’s ‘still got it,’” according to a description of the sitcom series. “Once he wins, he has to figure out what he stands for, gain the respect of his biggest critic (Holly Hunter) and connect with his teenage daughter, all while trying to get anything right for America’s second weirdest city.”
The series, produced by University Television (a division of Universal Studio Group), Little Stranger, Bevel Gears and 3 Arts Entertainment, stars Danson, Hunter, Vella Lovell, Mike Cabellon, Kayla Kenedy and Bobby Moynihan.
“I never thought I would be standing here, but my city needed me,” Danson says as LA Mayor Neil Bremer in a trailer for the show.
In “Mr. Mayor,” Danson tackles difficult issues plaguing the city, such as an “avocado crisis” in episode seven, when an “avocado shortage cripples LA.” Andie MacDowell, David Spade and Chrissy Teigen have all made appearances in the first season as themselves.
It is executive produced by Robert Carlock, Tina Fey, Jeff Richmond and David Minor, with Eric Gurian as co-executive producer.
The pilot episode premiered January 7, followed by episodes titled “Mayor’s Day Out,” “Brentwood Trash” and “Dodger Day.” The show’s slot on NBC is Thursdays at 8 p.m.
The show debuted to “solid numbers,” marking the network’s “best Thursday comedy launch in total viewers (6.6 million in Live+7) since the premiere of the ‘Will & Grace’ revival in 2017,” Variety reported.
“Having Ted Danson and Holly Hunter leading this brilliant ensemble is a dream,” Lisa Katz, president of scripted content at NBCUniversal Entertainment and Streaming, said in a statement. “A huge thank you to Tina Fey, Robert Carlock and our talented cast and crew for an incredible first season. We are excited for more hilarity in season two.”
“We’ve loved our collaboration with NBC on the first season of ‘Mr. Mayor’ and are excited to continue working with our fantastic cast, led by the incomparable Ted Danson and Holly Hunter,” Erin Underhill, president of Universal Television, added. ”We can’t wait to see what Tina Fey, Robert Carlock and our talented producing team have in store for Mayor Bremer and his rag-tag team of civil servants.”
For those who want to catch up on the rest of the first season, episodes are available for streaming at nbc.com.
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