You may not have asked for a political comedy seven days into 2021, but Mr. Mayor is here anyway.
From 30 Rock creators Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, the NBC sitcom stars Ted Danson as Neil Bremer, a former “billboard king” in L.A. (“For your consideration: Nurse Jackie”) who runs for mayor on a whim to impress his jaded teen daughter — and wins. Neil now finds himself stuck in a job for which he is unqualified, relying more than ever on his staff (Vella Lovell, Mike Cabellon, and Bobby Moynihan) and nemesis-slash-deputy mayor (Holly Hunter).
The first few episodes bank on Danson’s old-school TV charm and some classic Fey-and-Carlock joke structure, but what the show lacks from the outset is its creators’ signature weirdness. It feels like a classic sitcom and a safe bet for NBC’s Thursday lineup — which is not the compliment it once was. Still, the show may