PARAMOUNT+ RENEWS TAYLOR SHERIDAN’S “MAYOR OF KINGSTOWN” FOR A SECOND SEASON
“Mayor of Kingstown” Is Paramount+’s Second-Most-Watched Original Series
Behind Sheridan’s “Yellowstone” Prequel “1883”
Produced by MTV Entertainment Studios and 101 Studios, the Original Drama Series Hails From “Yellowstone” Co-Creator and Academy Award® Nominee Taylor Sheridan and Hugh Dillon
Feb. 1, 2022 – Paramount+, the streaming service from ViacomCBS, today announced that the hit series MAYOR OF KINGSTOWN, produced by MTV Entertainment Studios and 101 Studios, will be renewed for a second season. The original drama series, hailing from YELLOWSTONE co-creator and Academy Award® nominee Taylor Sheridan and Hugh Dillon, is the service’s second-most-watched original series.
MAYOR OF KINGSTOWN first launched in November 2021 with TV’s #1 show, YELLOWSTONE, serving as a launchpad airing a special simulcast event for the series’ premiere on Paramount Network. The premiere of MAYOR OF KINGSTOWN was the #1 original scripted drama on Paramount+ since the rebrand and cable’s biggest new scripted premiere since YELLOWSTONE in June 2018 with 2.6 million total viewers.
MAYOR OF KINGSTOWN follows the McLusky family, power brokers in Kingstown, Mich., where the business of incarceration is the only thriving industry. Tackling themes of systemic racism, corruption and inequality, the series provides a stark look at their attempt to bring order and justice to a town that has neither.
Season one featured an all-star cast, including Academy Award® nominee Jeremy Renner, Academy Award® winner Dianne Wiest, Emmy Award® winner Kyle Chandler, Hugh Dillon, Taylor Handley, Emma Laird, Tobi Bamtefa, Derek Webster, Hamish Allan-Headley, Pha’rez Lass and Aidan Gillen.
“With MAYOR OF KINGSTOWN, Taylor Sheridan and Hugh Dillon offer a nuanced portrayal of the United States’ harsh prison system,” said Tanya Giles, Chief Programming Officer, ViacomCBS Streaming. “The stellar crew and cast, including Jeremy Renner and Dianne Wiest, delivered a thought-provoking, intense drama that kept audiences captivated and yearning for more. We are thrilled to be the home of the expanding Taylor Sheridan universe, and we look forward to bringing fans back to Kingstown next season.”
“MAYOR OF KINGSTOWN is such an important project that offers a comprehensive look into the brutal prison system, and I am thrilled to continue the journey with Taylor and team for season two,” said Antoine Fuqua, executive producer. “Thank you to our partners at Paramount+, 101 Studios and MTV Entertainment Studios for believing in us to further explore this story.”
“We are thrilled that shows like MAYOR OF KINGSTOWN – original stories with layered characters and important themes – are able to thrive on Paramount+,” said executive producer David C. Glasser. “We can’t wait to delve back into the lives of the McLusky family for season two.”
MAYOR OF KINGSTOWN is executive produced by Sheridan, Dillon, Renner, Antoine Fuqua, David C. Glasser, Ron Burkle, Bob Yari and Michael Friedman.
As part of Sheridan’s deal with MTV Entertainment Studios and ViacomCBS, MAYOR OF KINGSTOWN and 1883 – the YELLOWSTONE origin story currently streaming exclusively on Paramount+ – are the first from his exclusive multi-year pact, which includes scripted and procedural series for streaming and linear.
The first season of MAYOR OF KINGSTOWN is available to binge exclusively on Paramount+.
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101 Studios is a global entertainment company dedicated to the acquisition, financing, development, production and distribution of high-caliber, creator-driven storytelling. 101 empowers content creators through first-class collaboration and innovation. On the television side, 101 produces Taylor Sheridan’s Emmy nominated series “Yellowstone,” “Mayor of Kingstown,” “1883” and the upcoming “George & Tammy,” “Kansas City,” “Lioness” and “Bass Reeves.” 101 Studios oversees and manages the newly formed Sports Illustrated Studios, a content platform based on the most compelling stories, characters and moments in sports past, present and future. Upcoming projects include “Paradise Found” based on the true story of high school football coach Rick Prinz; a docuseries about the sexual abuse and cover-up at Ohio State University, co-produced by George Clooney and Grant Heslov’s Smokehouse Pictures; and the docuseries “Covers,” a behind-the-scenes look at Sports Illustrated’s top cover stories of all time. SI Studios has also exclusively partnered with iHeartMedia to create and distribute original podcasts through the iHeartPodcast network. On the film side, past releases include “The Current War: Director’s Cut,” the Sundance Audience award winner “Burden” as well as the family comedy “The War with Grandpa.”
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