The Mayor

Primetime, Series Premieres October 3rd
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Young rapper Courtney Rose (Brandon Micheal Hall) needs his big break. For years, he’s toiled away in a small inner-city apartment, making music in his junk-filled bedroom closet. Tired of waiting for opportunity to knock, Courtney cooks up the publicity stunt of the century – running for mayor of his California hometown, Fort Grey, to generate buzz for his music career. But his master plan goes wildly awry, ending in the most terrifying of outcomes: an election victory.

Courtney’s charisma and outspoken optimism are what helped him get elected as the Mayor, but even though he’s an outsider when it comes to politics, he will find that he’s actually good at it. Courtney has smarts, swagger and creativity, but has never worked a full-time job in his life. Luckily for him, he has the right people around him to shepherd his growth, both as a person and a politician.

His biggest fan is his mom, Dina Rose (Yvette Nicole Brown), who will be there to keep a watchful eye on him and his administration, and is always ready to set him straight if need be. She’s a loving mother not only to Courtney but to his best friends as well. His questionably qualified buddies, Jermaine Leforge (Bernard David Jones) the smooth operator, and T.K Clifton (Marcel Spears) the sensitive sweetheart, will serve as his two unconventional political aides.

Valentina Barella (Lea Michele) initially was the campaign manager for the losing mayoral candidate, Ed Gunt (David Spade), but changes sides and offers to join Courtney as his chief of staff when she realizes he truly wants to make a difference in his community. Valentina’s no-nonsense, straight-laced ways assure him that things will turn out for the best, because she will not settle for anything less than perfect.

As Courtney begins his new journey into the unpredictable world of politics, his mother and best friends, including Valentina, will be completely dedicated to help him succeed. He’ll have to learns what it means to be responsible for others while learning what it means to be responsible for himself.

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