BEVERLY HILLS — Raise your hand if this sounds familiar: A guy runs for election never expecting to win, and is totally unprepared when he does.
But no, not him. ABC’s sitcom The Mayor is about a young rapper, played by Brandon Micheal Hall, who runs for mayor as a publicity stunt and wins. And with an assist from his mother, played by Yvette Nicole Brown, he tries to do his best.
Producer Jeremy Bronson, who worked as a news producer at MSNBC, told the Television Critics Association Sunday that he knows people will draw parallels to Donald Trump, but spoofing Trump is not the point of the show. “It’s given us a lot of, I would say, inspiration for the show. But it’s not tackling the issue or the week, or a satire.”
Bronson says the young rapper Hall plays is an amalgam of many outsider politicians. “This is a guy who didn’t want to win, but who deeply, deeply loves his city and wants to help. … With mom’s help, he’s really going to be that maverick politician who is using tools he has that other politicians don’t have.”
Brown says the mother character she’s playing reflects some of her own personality. “I’m a little bossy. Bossy with love. There’s nothing wrong with bossy with love.” The mother she’s playing is raising her son by herself, but Brown says we will meet the father sometime down the road. “It’s important to me as a black woman that the father is respected. … We’re going to deal with him.”
Many of the show’s issues will be dealt with through rap, much of which is being written by one of the show’s producers — Hamilton Tony-winner Daveed Diggs. “It is rapping the Bay Area really hard, even though it’s a fictional bay city.”
Through song and comedy, Bronson says, the show will tackle many issues facing cities and the African-American community today. But in the end, he and the cast agree, the show is not about current events.
“It’s about hope,” says Hall, “because that’s what we need right now with everything going…