In the new NBC comedy Mr Mayor, a retired businessman named Neil Bremer, starts his tenure as Los Angeles Mayor just with a vague sense of what the job entails.How it feels, Mr. Mayor If you’ve watched the first two episodes, which debut on NBC on Thursday night in a row, one can get an idea of ​​the sensitivity and characters of the series, but at this point only one general one is certain: the unveiling of a new political comedy The day after an uprising in the nation’s Capitol is a unique challenge, especially since this political comedy, while amusing, is not exactly tuned into the current climate

Co-created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, the duo responsible for 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt The Mayor has a strong cast, including Ted Danson as the unsuspecting but victorious Neil, Holly Hunter as the more ambitious Deputy Mayor Arpi Meskimen, Bobby Moynihan as Jayden Kwapis, director of communications at Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and Vella Lovell as Mikaela Shaw, the mayor’s chief of staff who’s not entirely sure she wants to be the mayor’s chief of staff, which comes pretty close to a sitcom dream team near

But unlike 30 Rock or Kimmy Schmidt, who each emerged from the jump with a strong sense of identity, Mr. The Mayor Needs More Time to Gain a Foothold The pilot begins with a press conference from Neil on his first day in office, which gives him the opportunity to make a number of statements about how he got the job, though the reporters present are believed to be Already Knowing Everything Neil was selling billboard ads by the time he retired and suddenly decided to get into politics knowing that his politically minded teenage daughter Orly (Kyla Kenedy) thought he was lazy and the perfect opportunity arose when the previous mayor suddenly retired, overwhelmed by the pandemic, earthquake, hacked remote learning apps, and murder hornets that turned out to be “tiny North Korean fighter jets” “(” 2020, you broke me! “he shouts before stepping down)

Bremer takes over after a special election and as he quickly explains: “Dolly Parton bought everyone a vaccine, which means, Mr. Mayor takes place in a version of 2021 that has at least some relation to the actual 2021.But from a political point of view – at least in the first few episodes – the series is about mundane, everyday local affairs, dealing with the more pressing issues and partisan conflicts In the first two episodes, Mayor Bremer deals with the backlash against a plastic straw ban and participates in sections of the tape that should of course still be part of the contract, which the boss of a major does not agree with, the city would have to confront at this moment From Fey and Carlock you can expect something a little more biting and more zeitgeist

Part of the problem may be due to the emergence of Mr. Originally conceived as a 30 rock spinoff, the mayor focused on Jack Donaghy’s attempt to serve as New York Mayor (I think I speak for a lot of people when I say the last thing we need now , is watching Alec Baldwin play a New York businessman who enters politics without a clue of how politics work Sorta was there, sorta saw that) When Baldwin signed off, the show was for Ted Danson retooled and shifted the setting to LEIN Whether this is the result of this upgrade or not, Mr. Mayor is missing some edge It’s less in the Veep area than more a mix of 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing! But you can feel how Fey, Carlock, and the rest of the creative team are still calibrating what kind of tone they want to strike

All in all, there are sure to be some laughs in these first few installments, and many of them come from Moynihan’s Deadpan delivery when Jayden informs the Mayor that his schedule will include a visit to the “ALF Junior High,” which is after ALF On TV show ALF, he adds seriously, “So much history in this town. When Neil complains about attending an animal funeral, Jayden corrects him:” Not just any animal: dog with a blog “

If anyone other than Danson were to play mayor, it might be difficult to find an old white man who won political office without doing the homework required, but Danson brings as much exuberance to the role as he does it has done at Michael at The Good Place that it is a pleasure to see him work here, especially when that work involves behaving as if he had taken cannabis gums

It’s also very likely that the mayor won’t be the hero of this story in the long run, despite being included in the show’s title as a smart, politically savvy woman, Arpi tried to run for mayor, and because she was a smart one As a politically savvy woman, her offer naturally went wrong. Neil is hiring her as deputy mayor to bring your enemies closer, but she is possibly a deeper force to reckon with than he imagines As Played by the Brilliant Slayer , she is intentionally difficult to read, a very liberal but also very smart power player. She is definitely fascinating. Even if it is currently unclear what to say about Mr. Mayors – more episodes should clarify – you definitely want to keep an eye on them

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