While many will immediately assume the show is loosely based off a reality star with political aspirations who made it to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, their assumptions would be wrong. If there are any comparisons to be made the civic awareness of rappers like Chance the Rapper might be a better place to draw those parallels.
Yvette Nicole Brown, of Community and The New Edition Mini-Series, is golden. She is the millennial version of everyone’s favorite Kool-Aide Mom. Don’t act like you didn’t want to be besties with the kid with the Kool Aide mom or beam with pride if you lived in the Kool-Aide house. If we get a flashback episode of The Mayor I’m almost certain we’ll see little Courtney Rose and his friends congregating on the stoop in front of his house with his mom watching through the window giving the kids space. Watching the show, you get the sense Dina Rose stands ready to step in if someone needs a hug or some motherly advice, or some tough love. Dina is the calming force and voice of reason that keeps the show and its message from turning into a chaotic circus. Side note, ABC should consider doing a reality crossover episode where Dina Rose speaks to political officials in real life. Lord knows this country could use a few motherly hugs and strong voice of reason right now.
Mama Rose believes in her baby fiercely and the magic is going to happen when Mama sets him straight so he can soar.
In Variety’s recent review of The Mayor they key on the dynamic between Hall and Brown.
Courtney Rose’s fresh outlook on life, the playful, sweet, comedic mishaps of his best friends and the sage wisdom of his mama, Dina Rose give us an opportunity to take off our jaded lenses for a few minutes each week. The show delivers needed commentary in a funny and light manner that doesn’t feel preachy, or judgemental of anyone currently holding a political office.
The Mayor ABC’s premise reminds me of a quote by Dr. Maya Angelou:
Elections have consequences, and this voting season I’m using my vote to vote for The Mayor on ABC, and you should too. The Mayor premieres on ABC Tuesday, October 3, 2017, at 9:30 Eastern | 8:30 Central.