Mr. Mayor

Mr. Mayor is an American sitcom television series created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock for NBC. The series stars Ted Danson, Bobby Moynihan, Holly Hunter, Vella Lovell, Mike Cabellon, and Kyla Kenedy and premiered on January 7, 2021.[1][2] In March 2021, the series was renewed for a second season.[3]

Mr. Mayor
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GenreSitcom
Created byTina Fey
Robert Carlock
Starring
Music by
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes9
Production
Executive producers
ProducerWerner Walian
CinematographyDavid Miller
Editors
  • Kyle Gilman
  • Adam Epstein
  • Sean Cusack
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time21–22 minutes
Production companies
DistributorNBCUniversal Television Distribution
Release
Original networkNBC
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Original releaseJanuary 7, 2021 (2021-01-07) –
present (present)

PremiseEdit

Neil Bremer (Ted Danson) is a wealthy businessman who runs for mayor of Los Angeles "for all the wrong reasons". Once he wins he has to figure out what he stands for, gain the respect of his staff, and connect with his teenage daughter, all while controlling the coyote population."[4]

CastEdit

MainEdit

  • Ted Danson as Neil Bremer, a retired billboard ad executive who runs for, and becomes, Mayor of Los Angeles to earn his daughter's respect.
  • Holly Hunter as Arpi Meskimen, the deputy mayor of Los Angeles and a former city councilwoman of thirty years with her no-nonsense attitude.
  • Vella Lovell as Mikaela Shaw, Neil's chief of staff and a social media influencer, who is the good friend of Tommy.
  • Mike Cabellon as Tommy Tomás, Neil's chief strategist, who is the good friend of Mikaela.
  • Kyla Kenedy as Orly Bremer, Neil's daughter who enjoys embarrassing him.
  • Bobby Moynihan as Jayden Kwapis, Neil's communications director whose bumbling personality hides his street smarts and political instincts.

RecurringEdit

GuestEdit

EpisodesEdit

No.Title [5]Directed byWritten byOriginal air date [5]U.S. viewers
(millions)
1"Pilot"Todd HollandRobert Carlock & Tina FeyJanuary 7, 2021 (2021-01-07)5.04[6]
Retired businessman Neil Bremer wins a special election to become Mayor of Los Angeles after his predecessor suffers a nervous breakdown and resigns. His inexperience as a politician quickly shows when he institutes a ban on plastic straws that both upsets his daughter (who is accused of stealing the idea for her class president election) and Councilwoman Arpi Meskimen, who quickly whips up an anti-ban movement to oppose him. Bremer confesses to Meskimen that he ran for mayor to prove himself to his daughter, who treats him as a useless old man. After initially giving in and dropping the ban, Bremer’s assistant Jayden informs him that Meskimen wanted to run for mayor but failed to get on the ballot, and Bremer moves to neutralize Meskimen by appointing her as his deputy mayor, an offer she accepts only because she expects him to fail and resign. In the end, Bremer reaffirms the straw ban and realizes he won’t make everyone happy, and Orly wins her election, demonstrating newfound respect for her father. The two both give very inspirational speeches.
2"Mayor's Day Out"Christine GernonRobert CarlockJanuary 7, 2021 (2021-01-07)4.41[6]
Bremer feels overwhelmed with pointless things to do, so he calls Mikaela and tells her that he won't be in the office at all and is putting her in charge. He also warns her to be careful around Arpi and keep track of her to make sure she doesn't do anything sneaky. Meanwhile, Orly gets mad at Bremer again for not letting her do drugs even though he was supporting a cannabis store earlier. Bremer embarrasses himself on camera, and Jayden and Tommy freak out. While driving, Tommy realizes that the picture of Bremer is now a meme and Bremer was high on cannabis while is was being taken. Arpi and Mikaela visit a variety of creek government people to look for tape and eventually gets Bremer's signature on a proclamation. Bremer, still high, cuts the ribbon during the opening of a community center and beats up a mascot after thinking it was a monster. Bremer embarrasses himself some more and Arpi reveals that she knew that Mikaela was "babysitting" her the whole time. Arpi tells Bremer that she used Mikaela to pass a new law that she was against.
3"Brentwood Trash"Christine GernonSam MeansJanuary 14, 2021 (2021-01-14)3.73[7]
A new recycle facility is to be built in Los Angeles and in the Brentwood area aggravating the wealthy residents. Bremer is forced to attend a town hall where the residents can voice their concerns. Arpi tags along with him as she is happy that the arrogant residents are getting punished with this. At the town hall, Bremer is persuaded by Andie McDowell, who he has a crush on, to move the facility away from Brentwood, but in the end Arpi convinces him to keep the facility where it is. Meanwhile, after realizing they are recycling speeches, Jayden is put in charge of hiring a speech writer, but is conflicted on whether to hire an actually qualified candidate or a candidate who shares his loves and beliefs and he has befriended. Jayden ends up sacrificing his friendship and hiring the qualified candidate. Orly comes to Mikaela with school trouble, but she ends up convincing Mikaela that her own life is a lot like that of a high schooler's. At first Mikaela is angry at the realization, but then comes to accept it and she and Orly become friends.
4"The Sac"Anya AdamsTina FeyJanuary 21, 2021 (2021-01-21)3.18[8]
Arpi is joyous that she is headed to Sacramento, California with Jayden to support an anti-drilling initiative. Bremer learns that Orly has been suspended due to cyber bullying a teacher and he rushes over to the school to attend a meeting with Ms. Adams, the bullied teacher, and Orly. Bremer convinces Ms. Adams not to suspend Orly. During the car ride to Sacramento, Jayden tries to break the ice and hold a friendly conversation, but he fails miserably. Tommy hacks into Orly's secret Instagram account so he can see what she's actually posting and they create a fake account of their own to spy on her. Jayden realizes that Arpi thinks that he was flirting with her but Arpi tells him that she isn't interested in him. Mikaela learn about the fake account and prompts Bremer to go about connecting with Orly in different ways. While eating dinner with Orly, Bremer thinks that she lied to him, so he rushes home to check on her, where Mikaela has already told her the truth about the fake Instagram account. Arpi and Jayden make up and become friends after Jayden saves Arpi from her greatest fear and Bremer lets Orly stay up late watching TV with him.
5"Dodger Day"Maggie CareyMeredith ScardinoJanuary 28, 2021 (2021-01-28)3.28[9]
The Los Angeles baseball team asks Bremer to throw out the first pitch, and though he is advised not to accept, he eagerly agrees to do it. Tommy tries to get his ID photo retaken to impress a security guard in the building, and Tommy convinces Mikaela that they will never find spouses. They approach the woman who takes ID pictures, and she expresses hatred that nobody ever acknowledges her. Though Arpi warns him that he will not be fit enough to throw the first pitch at the baseball game, Bremer continues to exercise, and Arpi finds him having thrown his back out. Arpi trains Bremer in unconventional methods until he is fit as a fiddle. Bremer honors Daniela, the ID lady, by giving her a 30-year work anniversary certificate, but while she is out of her office, Mikaela takes Tommy's picture herself. After a lice outbreak that can be traced back to Bremer's bike helmets, Mikaela convinces Bremer to throw a terrible pitch to distract people. Bremer hits Jayden with the ball, embarrassing him but making everyone else happy.
6"Respect in the Workplace"Tristram ShapeeroTina FeyFebruary 4, 2021 (2021-02-04)3.08[10]
Jayden is having a rough start to his day, but begins to cheer up when he realizes that it's Food Truck Day, when food trucks from around the city visit Town Hall and sell their meals. Tommy and Mikaela are supportive, but remind him that they have the annual Respect in the Workplace meeting. Everyone thinks it is a bore, except Bremer, who piles on a series of absurd questions to the meeting leader, Susan. While taking the test, Bremer becomes convinced that she is attracted to him, and he, somewhat awkwardly, tries to flirt back. Everyone but Jayden does well on the test, but the leader reveals that the lowest scores are the best. Tommy, Mikaela, Bremer, and Arpi stay behind to review the test, and they continue to annoy Susan with insane answers, and it eventually escalates to the entire group fighting, and it gets worse when they see Jayden dropping all their food. Jayden returns, and they lash out at him. To make things worse, Bremer asks Susan on a date and she rejects him. Arpi accidentally maces Susan, then Jayden, and everyone disperses. Susan's wife escorts her home, and the main characters resolve their arguments.
7"Avocado Crisis"Tristram ShapeeroMatt WhitakerFebruary 11, 2021 (2021-02-11)2.75[11]
There is a fight in the grocery store over the last two avocados in the city. Jayden later informs Bremer that the avocado shortage is causing a crisis around town. Mikaela comes to work after not sleeping all night having to review a very boring binder with Arpi. A local farmer named Adolphus Hass comes to Bremer with an idea that revolves around the city giving him money so he can grow more avocados, and Mikaela realizes that not everybody in the office views her as an authority figure after she sleeps through Arpi's presentation. Mikaela has Arpi go more in depth that night over the phone so she can go to sleep. Bremer refuses to give Adolphus his way, but is met with harsh criticism when he tries to find his own solution. He finally gives in, but it doesn't work out and he leaves with Jayden after realizing that something's wrong. Arpi awkwardly realizes that Mikaela fell asleep during her presentation, but they get everything straightened out. Jayden and Bremer go to a local bar to enlist help, but a trucker reveals a terrible secret: Adolphus was hording all his avocados. They make him release them, and Bremer congratulated his staff.
8"Hearts Before Parts"Jaffar MahmoodAmina MunirFebruary 18, 2021 (2021-02-18)2.75[12]
Neil drops Orly off at a co-ed sleepover, and Orly feels he overreacts to it when he finds out. That night, Jayden and Mikaela win a trivia contest at a restaurant. Upon returning to the office the next day, a photo of Neil having slept with a woman named Nicole is leaked, causing a panic throughout the office. Arpi and Tommy demand a rematch, but Jayden's team wins every time they play. When Orly finds out about Nicole, she calls Neil and jokingly asks to meet her. After dinner with her, Orly interrogates Neil, who reveals that he has secretly had one-night stands with women before. Meanwhile, Jayden and Mikaela gloat over Arpi and Tommy, but after an argument, both teams split up and they decide to go every person for themselves. Nicole breaks up with Neil awkwardly. Orly helps Neil properly establish an online dating personality. At the trivia contest, the group realizes that they have unfinished work that they put off, and bond while doing it together. Afterward, Neil notes that the word "budget" on the cover page of their report is spelled incorrectly, and puts them back to work doing everything over again.
9"#PalmTreeReform"Jaffar MahmoodRobert CarlockFebruary 25, 2021 (2021-02-25)2.54[13]
Bremer is criticized on live TV by former Mayor Delgado. Later, Orly meets him at work and tells him the school temporarily closed after a student was hit by a falling palm tree. Bremer decides to take initiative on this, but rejects all of Arpi's ridiculous and outrageous ideas. Jayden announces he will be a father, but the others are suspicious. When Bremer says he wants to get rid of the dangerous palm trees, he is met by more criticism. Mikaela offers Tommy to figure out Jayden's legal situation, and they plan to mess with him. Bremer does not invite Arpi to the meeting about the palm trees, but it fails, so Orly alerts Arpi and she saves when her constant annoyance makes the person Bremer is arguing with give up and give in. When Mikaela and Tommy imply that Jayden is not the father, the mother, Samanthee reveals that this is true but she thought Jayden would be a better, kinder father than the biological dad. Arpi and Orly learn Bremer used them, and get mad, while Tommy and Mikaela are able to make Jayden feel better when he's sad. Neil, Arpi and Orly later watch a video, featuring Neil and Jayden.

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

On July 18, 2019, it was reported that NBC had given a 13-episode straight-to-series order to an untitled Tina Fey and Robert Carlock comedy starring Ted Danson, who is set to play a wealthy businessman running for mayor of Los Angeles.[14][1] Originally meant to be a spin-off/continuation of Fey's series 30 Rock, the series was to star Alec Baldwin reprising his 30 Rock role of Jack Donaghy, following his political career in New York City. After around a year of negotiations, Baldwin dropped out of the project and was replaced with Danson. Danson declined to move from his home of Los Angeles, so the series was rewritten to take place there.[15]

On May 11, 2020, it was announced that the series would be called Mr. Mayor.[16] The series will be executive produced by Tina Fey, Jeff Richmond, Robert Carlock and David Miner. Production companies involved with the series include Little Stranger, Bevel Gears, 3 Arts Entertainment and Universal Television.[4] A first-look tease of the series was included as an end tag on the Peacock stream of "30 Rock: A One-Time Special" uploaded on July 16, 2020.[17] The first season began airing on NBC on January 7, 2021, and concluded after nine episodes on February 25, 2021. On March 22, 2021, the series was renewed for a second season.[3]

CastingEdit

In 2019, Deadline reported Bobby Moynihan had joined the cast as Jayden[18] and later that Holly Hunter had also joined the cast as Arpi.[19] In early 2020 Vella Lovell joined the cast as Mikaela,[20] Mike Cabellon joined the cast as Tommy,[21] and Kyla Kenedy joined the cast as Orly Bremer.[22]

FilmingEdit

On March 12, 2020, Universal Television suspended the production of the series amid the emergence of COVID-19 in the United States.[23] Filming commenced shortly after, but was put on hold once again on December 14, 2020, after several crew members tested positive for COVID-19. The following day, it was reported that production would be suspended for the rest of 2020 and was scheduled to resume in January 2021.[24] However, filming did not resume and the season was cut four episodes short due to the pandemic.[25]

BroadcastEdit

The first season of the show premiered on NBC with two episodes on January 7, 2021.[2] In July 2020, an end tag of "30 Rock: A One Time Special" included a teaser trailer of the series[17] and later that year in November 2020, a trailer was released.[26] The nine-episode season concluded with the episode "#PalmTreeReform" on February 25, 2021. The series was acquired by Citytv in Canada.[27]

ReceptionEdit

Critical responseEdit

On Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an approval rating of 44% based on 32 reviews, with an average rating of 4.79/10. The website's critics consensus reads, "Mr. Mayor's first term suffers from a lack of specificity, leading to broad jokes and wayward plots—still, a reliably winsome Ted Danson and a silly sensibility may be enough for some viewers."[28] On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 53 out of 100, based on 22 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[29] LaToya Ferguson of The A.V. Club gave the fifth and sixth episodes better grades mentioning the lack of Orly in them, noting "these past two episodes have solidified just how superfluous the Orly character and the family sitcom aspect of the series really are."[30]

RatingsEdit

Viewership and ratings per episode of Mr. Mayor
No. Title Air date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Pilot" January 7, 2021 0.6 5.04[6] 0.3 1.55 0.9 6.59[31]
2 "Mayor's Day Out" January 7, 2021 0.6 4.41[6] 0.3 1.46 0.8 5.87[31]
3 "Brentwood Trash" January 14, 2021 0.5 3.73[7] 0.3 1.34 0.8 5.07[32]
4 "The Sac" January 21, 2021 0.5 3.18[8] N/A N/A N/A N/A
5 "Dodger Day" January 28, 2021 0.6 3.28[9] N/A N/A N/A N/A
6 "Respect in the Workplace" February 4, 2021 0.5 3.08[10] N/A N/A N/A N/A
7 "Avocado Crisis" February 11, 2021 0.5 2.75[11] N/A 1.04 N/A 3.79[33]
8 "Hearts Before Parts" February 18, 2021 0.5 2.75[12] 0.2 1.03 0.7 3.78[34]
9 "#PalmTreeReform" February 25, 2021 0.5 2.54[13] 0.2 0.96 0.7 3.50[35]

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