Support the show The Mayor before it’s too late! In the last few years we have been blessed with what has felt like a renaissance in Black TV. Shows like Empire, Shondaland shows, Power, & others have made us feel like we are finally being represented in a real way. The wave has meant more of our favorite Black actors on TV. However, slowly, but surely, we are seeing the same patterns re-emerge.
In the last year, a slew of good TV shows with either entirely Black casts or at least Black stars prominently in the cast, have been losing support & being cancelled. I have been incredibly disappointed by seeing truly great shows leave. Shows like Underground, The Carmichael Show, Pitch, Rosewood, & Survivor’s Remorse have all gotten the ax recently. Those were genuinely good shows with great plots & talented actors. Still somehow they did not have the support from their respective networks to continue. Underground we know for sure only got cancelled because the network was sold & the new owners did not deem it worth continuing. The Carmichael Show had some background issues between Jerrod Carmichael & NBC. It just seems like if Black shows don’t have massive numbers from the first episode they won’t get the support they need to continue. Meanwhile, there are plenty of shows with majority white casts which could have & should have been laid to pasture long ago. Shows that I scroll through & am surprised to see even still come on. They’re not especially good, but they are allowed the space to continue with whatever following they have. Meanwhile, Black shows are not given real promotion most times unless they are already popular.
Underground still hasn’t found a new home in spite of the ongoing campaign by the show’s creator, producers, & fans to get it picked up. So the pressure is put on us to really support these shows that we barely know exist because they’re not even talked about enough. I am truly disappointed about Survivor’s Remorse. Once that show got it’s groove it discussed some important topics in a way that was funny, but also incredibly informative. The actors were brilliant & I feel like it was an important show. That & The Carmichael Show are the kind of shows we should be seeing on TV, not the same old storylines & reboots. They haven’t even tried to reboot an iconic Black show yet. Not to mention it recently being reported that less than 5% of TV writers are Black. That is insane. How can we be represented if we’re not in the writer’s room? I can only imagine the lack of diversity amongst executives. This has to change.
One really good Black show that could be on the chopping block next is The Mayor. The Mayor comes on Tuesday nights after Black-ish & it’s a show about a young, Black wannabe rap star who runs for mayor for publicity, but actually ends up being swept to victory. As mayor he’s trying to make changes for the people & not turn into a shrewd politician. The show is very funny & actually pretty educational. The lack of support for it is causing concern that the show might be cancelled. ABC has extended it a few more episodes to give it a chance to pick up. I’m not sure why people aren’t watching it, but if you haven’t seen it already I encourage you to tune in tonight & support. I do not want another good, Black show to fall by the wayside.
We have to continue to demand good representation outside of reality TV. There’s nothing wrong with your housewives & Love & Hip Hop, but we should also have good, scripted TV that represents more sides of us & gives us the chance to be as well represented as white people are. Please support The Mayor tonight at 9:30/8:30c & continue to push & support good, Black TV shows.