Paramount Network has given a straight-to-series order to drama Mayor of Kingstown.
From Taylor Sheridan (Yellowstone), Mayor of Kingstown follows the McCluskys, a Michigan family acting as the power brokers between the police, criminals, inmates, prison guards, and politicians in their city. The series centers on a small town whose economy is wholly dependent on federal, state, and private prisons as it looks to examine the business of incarceration.
It’s been rough going for Paramount Network since its rebrand from Spike TV, at least in terms of original scripted content. Its controversial Heathers series adaptation, which moved over from TV Land due to Viacom’s restructuring, was delayed due to the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting and cancelled due to the Santa Fe High School shooting in summer 2018. However, that fall, the network attempted to burn the series off over the course of five nights, only to edit the episodes for content and combine the final two installments into one.
Elsewhere, period comedy American Woman was one-and-done thanks to soft ratings and mediocre reviews, while Nobodies moved back to TV Land following the Heathers controversy and poor ratings of its own.
Mayor of Kingstown is one of several series Paramount Network has in the pipeline, as it joins military dramedy 68 Whiskey, Michael Chiklis drama Coyote, and Emily in Paris, starring Lily Collins as an American woman who moves to France after accepting an unexpected job offer.