ABC Cancels Lea Michele-Led Freshman Comedy THE MAYOR
Variety reports that ABC has canceled the freshman comedy THE MAYOR, from executive producer and Tony winner Daveed Diggs (HAMILTON). The show has been taken out of its Tuesday time slot and will be replaced by reruns of MODERN FAMILY. Producers ABC Studios plan to shop the comedy to other networks.
Nine episodes of the series, starring GLEE alum Lea Michele (SPRING AWAKENING), had been aired thus far. The show was to return from its midseason hiatus on January 9th. While four episodes remain, the site reports that ABC has no plans to broadcast them. An official announcement for the fate of the series has not been made.
The show averaged a 0.8 live-plus-same day rating among adults 18-49, according to Nielsen, and 2.9 million total viewers.
In the comedy Lea Michele played Valentina Barella, who was originally the campaign manager for the losing mayoral candidate, Ed Gunt (David Spade), but who changes sides and offers to join rapper-turned politician Courtney Rose 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 assured him that things would turn out for the best, because she would not settle for anything less than perfect.
Read BWW's review of the show here
Photo credit: ABC/Tony Rivetti