Among the new shows launched at the beginning of the current television season, ABC’s The Mayor stood head-and-shoulders above the rest, at least as long as critics were concerned. Unfortunately, that positive praise from the press didn’t translate into ratings success, and the network has now made the decision to cancel the show.
Effective immediately, The Mayor will be pulled from the ABC schedule, with its timeslot taken over by Modern Family reruns (which is somehow even more insulting).
Nine episodes have aired so far and it’s now unclear whether the remaining episodes will ever see the light of day — at least on ABC, that is.
The Mayor starred newcomer Brandon Micheal Hall as an aspiring rapper named Courtney Rose who runs for mayor of his California hometown in order to gain publicity and ends up winning.
Glee star Lea Michele co-starred as Rose’s chief of staff, Valentina Barella, with former Community co-star Yvette Nicole Brown as Rose’s mother, Dina.
The show was created by writer/producer Jeremy Bronson, who created Jimmy Fallon’s popular “Thank You Notes” segment in his former role as the head monologue writer for Late Night.
Critics praised The Mayor when it premiered in October as a bright spot among new network offerings, with the show garnering an 83% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
All hope may not be lost, though, as producers are reportedly interested in shopping the show around to other networks, including streaming service Hulu.
That would be familiar territory for Bronson, who worked as a writer/producer on The Mindy Project, a sitcom that aired for three seasons on FOX before it was picked up by Hulu for an additional three seasons. Bronson has an overall deal with ABC Studios that is still in effect, and he is a co-executive producer on Speechless, another critically-acclaimed comedy series that debuted this season on ABC.