Ted Danson's Mr Mayor described as "predictable misfire" in first reviews

Hannah Lovejoy
·2-min read
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Photo credit: NBC Universal

From Digital Spy

Mr Mayor is a new sitcom on NBC about a businessman who runs for mayor in Los Angeles – the leading role of Neil Bremmer is played by The Good Place star Ted Danson.

The show comes from Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, the leading force behind 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Originally, the series was supposed to be a spin-off from 30 Rock that would see Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) run for mayor of New York – but the show changed direction when Baldwin pulled out of the project.

With this in mind, early reviews have suggested that Mr Mayor isn't as popular as it could have been, with many reviewers left feeling underwhelmed.

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"Wan, worn, predictable, Mr. Mayor feels like a misfire in the early episodes," was the description from Newsday.

Rolling Stone mentioned that: "It's pretty stock material, but Danson is so willing to appear ridiculous, and such a precise physical comedian that it's funny in spite of the familiarity."

While TVLine wrote: "The whole endeavor feels half-hearted and half-baked, with a thin concept and a glaring lack of laughs... The one saving grace is the knowledge that everyone involved will go on to more worthwhile projects. The sooner this term ends, the better."

Photo credit: NBC Universal
Photo credit: NBC Universal

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Elsewhere, Mike Hale from the New York Times was disappointed by the show after seeing a strong lineup for the talent of the cast and production.

"So far, the show is full of lines that are meant to be funny, in a joke-adjacent kind of way, but don't quite hit – they have the shape of humor but not the force," he said.

Mr Mayor airs on January 7 on NBC in the US.

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