In a highly competitive situation, ABC has given a cast-contingent pilot production commitment to a single-camera comedy about a hip-hop artist-turned-mayor from writer Jeremy Bronson (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon), Hamilton co-star Daveed Diggs and Jamie Tarses, Scott Stuber & Dylan Clark’s Bluegrass FanFare. ABC Studios, where Bronson and the recently launched Bluegrass FanFare are under overall deals, is the studio.
Written and executive produced by Bronson, the untitled City Mayor Project centers on a struggling hip-hop artist who runs for mayor to promote his mixtape – and wins.
Diggs executive produces. The rapper-actor, who won a Tony for playing Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson in the Broadway smash Hamilton, is not attached to act in the project, which also is executive produced by Tarses, Stuber and Clark via Bluegrass FanFare. James Griffiths, who directed the pilot for the ABC/ABC Studios comedy series Black-ish, is attached to direct and executive produce.
Bronson, who previously worked as a political producer for MSNBC, serves as a co-executive producer on ABC’s breakout new comedy Speechless — co-produced by 20th TV and ABC Studios — as part of his overall deal at ABC Studios. His other credits include The Mindy Project, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, where he served as head monologue writer and creator of Fallon’s signature “Thank You Notes” segment.
Diggs recently had recurring roles on Netflix/Baz Luhrmann’s The Get Down and ABC’s Black-ish.
Bluegrass FanFare also has Women in Black, a comedic drama at ABC from The Carrie Diaries creator Amy B. Harris.