Just last week, we reported that ABC wasn’t giving up on The Mayor just yet, after ordering three additional scripts for episodes and considering a new time slot. Now, a new report from Variety is showing us that the series may actually be in more danger than we already thought.
In a list of ‘Fall Broadcast Winners and Losers,’ the show is listed in the category ‘The End Is Near.’
The report from Variety reads:
The comedy series received an order for additional scripts last week, but the good news may stop there. According to sources, there have been issues behind the scenes on the show, to the point that “Black-ish” executive producer Larry Wilmore–who is under an overall deal with ABC Studios–was brought in to get things back on track. Due to Wilmore’s other commitments, however, he was only able to work on four episodes. ABC is said to love the show conceptually and is particularly taken with series lead Brandon Micheal Hall, but its lackluster ratings may doom it to cancellation. It is currently averaging a 0.8 and just under 3 million viewers.
Despite having not-so-good ratings, the show won over critics, with particular praise for the charismatic Brandon Micheal Hall (read our interview with him here). It also may help that the show is from ABC TV Studios, but we just can’t hold our breaths.
Maybe the Wilmore-helmed episodes will boost the show (but it’s not like the show hasn’t been getting positive reviews anyway)?
The Mayor stars Hall as Courtney Rose, an outspoken, idealistic rapper who runs for office as a publicity stunt and actually gets elected. He surprises everyone (including himself) when he has a natural knack for the job and slowly transforms City Hall. Series regulars are Yvette Nicole Brown, Bernard David Jones, Marcel Spears, and Lea Michele.