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Paramount Plus Mayor of Kingstown

Paramount Plus Mayor of Kingstown, created by Taylor Sheridan and Hugh Dillon, is a series that was 10 years in the making as Sheridan and Dillon created this world and these characters and then had to wait for the right time to finally bring it to life.

“This story takes a comprehensive look at the entire prison system, the good, the bad and the ugly of it,” executive producer David Glasser said at the Paramount+ TCA day.

“These characters are in a situation in a town where they are trying to bring some justice to a town that has none, and that has operated on [that premise].

Paramount Plus Mayor of Kingstown – So, really at the end of the day, they are tackling a flawed system and giving us all parts of the pie to take a look at.”


Paramount Plus Mayor of Kingstown – The McLusky family are power brokers tackling themes of systemic racism, corruption and inequality in Kingstown, Michigan–where the business of incarceration is the only thriving industry.

Mayor of Kingstown is a crime drama about an important contemporary issue, America’s prison system, “Mayor of Kingstown” follows the McLusky family in Kingstown, Mich., where the business of incarceration is the only thriving industry.

Paramount Plus Mayor of Kingstown – The family of power brokers between police, criminals, inmates, prison guards and politicians tackle themes of systemic racism, corruption and inequality.

The crime thriller series provides a stark look at their attempt to bring order and justice to a town that has neither.

Paramount Plus Mayor of Kingstown – The cast includes Jeremy Renner, Dianne Wiest, Kyle Chandler and Derek Webster.


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Paramount Plus Mayor of Kingstown

The 10-episode season of Mayor of Kingstown, from Academy Award(R) nominee and “Yellowstone” co-creator Taylor Sheridan, and Hugh Dillon, will premiere on Sunday, Nov. 14.

Mayor Of Kingston features an all-star cast including Academy Award(R) nominee Jeremy Renner, Academy Award(R) winner Dianne Wiest, Emmy Award(R) winner Kyle Chandler, Dillon, Taylor Handley, Emma Laird and Tobi Bamtefa.

The show is set to center on McLusky family, who hold powerful positions in their Michigan community dominated by the prison industrial complex. 

The McLusky family are power brokers tackling themes of systemic racism, corruption and inequality in Kingstown, Michigan–where the business of incarceration is the only thriving industry.

Filming of the series began on May 17, 2021, in Toronto, Canada.

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Paramount Plus Mayor of Kingstown – The Backdrop


“The story, the backdrop and the surroundings are the ultimate character in this that end up defining who each one of us are,” Renner says.

“There’s something really interesting, I think, in Mike. I feel like all of us perceive limitations or obstacles.

He’s a very actionable character that I really like. He’s definitely a doer.

“Taylor said to me, ‘Look, I love the idea of a character that’s a man of few words.’

He’s a guy that’s really a man of few words, but he’s going to talk a whole lot.’ I’m like, ‘That doesn’t make any sense. It makes zero sense.’

“But I really love the strength of this family. I love the strength of this character. I love the strength of all the characters. It all starts with the limited, bleak surroundings that they are in. That’s what we all share, the good guys and bad guys and the ugly of it all. We all share a similar sort of backdrop and ultimately are products of our environment.”

Renner will be joined on the show by Dianne Wiest (The Birdcage, Law & Order, In Treatment) who plays Miriam, Mike’s mother and a teacher at the women’s prison in town.

Also joining that cast are Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights, Bloodline), Yellowstone alum Hugh Dillion, who is also the show’s co-creator, as well as Pha’rez Lass (Claws), Derek Webster (NCIS: New Orleans), Taylor Handley (Bird Box), Tobi Bamtefa (The Girlfriend Experience), and Emma Laird.


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Paramount Plus Mayor of KingstownJeremy Renner as Mike McLusky


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Paramount Plus Mayor of KingstownJeremy Renner as Mike McLusky

Jeremy Renner stars in the series as Mike McLusky, the titular mayor of Kingstown.

Renner may be known to fans for his Oscar-nominated work in The Hurt Locker and The Town as well as his role as Hawkeye in Marvel’s Avengers franchise.

“I am excited to dig into the complex and rough-around-the-edges character of Mike McLusky,” Renner said in a press release.

“In a world otherwise forgotten in society, Mike serves as a flawed system of checks and balances.

Taylor has brought to life a layered and poignant universe that is not only incredibly intriguing but also more relevant than ever.”


Paramount Plus Mayor of KingstownDianne Wiest as Mariam McLusky


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Paramount Plus Mayor of KingstownDianne Wiest as Mariam McLusky

“I don’t think she really even believes in family anymore,” Weist says of Mariam.

“She’s an unusual person, in that when her husband, who invented this job that all three of her sons do, was killed, and she still tries, but she can’t get her sons away.

She can’t get them to move. She can’t get them to get another job. I think she feels really like a failure at family. And this has left her waiting every day for news that one of her boys has died.

This, of course, would drive anybody crazy.

And she’s not courageous in the accepted way that she can just say, ‘OK, this is my life.

My boys left.’ She is enraged, and she takes that rage out on her children.”


Paramount Plus Mayor of KingstownTaylor Handley as Kyle McLusky


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Paramount Plus Mayor of Kingstown – Taylor Handley as Kyle McLusky

“Kyle is the youngest of the McLusky family,” Handley says.

A local police officer, local detective. He is the youngest of three brothers. 

“When I saw this character, there was a dynamic I saw in the script between my character and myself personally that I can just really attach to and bring truth and authenticity to.”

“There’s this big debate that’s going on with Kyle through the first season.

And that push and pull is, he sees how the family business can bring such tragedy, and he sees how corrupt this town is.

I think the difference between Kyle and his brothers is that whereas his brothers have committed to fixing this town, Kyle has a question whether or not he wants to cut his losses and move away, which is why he is signing up for the state troopers in the first episode, you know, cut his losses and move away and maybe try to cut that generational dysfunction and start new.”


Paramount Plus Mayor of KingstownTobi Bamtefa as Bunny, Head of the Crips & a Drug Dealer


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Mayor of KingstownTobi Bamtefa as Bunny, Head of the Crips & a Drug Dealer

“He’s a man of plenty of words,” Bamtefa says.

“Getting into the character was a very interesting process because I’m British and I’m also Nigerian and Jamaican, so the American accent is a technical aspect of things.

And then I had to figure out from the script what kind of person he is, because that would also inform the vernacular he uses.

Then there’s also the culture of gangs in America, Crips more specifically.

There’s a language that they use. There was a history behind all of that.

I had to do extensive research in order to bring an authentic character to life.”

“As part of my own process, I’ve based Bunny on certain people that I admire, and I also relate to.

He’s a family man, like it or not. I don’t even think he would call himself a ‘drug dealer.’

I think he would call himself an ‘expert in pharmaceuticals.’ So, it’s a character with a lot of depth.

There were decisions that he made that told me that this is somebody, if given the right circumstance and the right sort of situation, probably wouldn’t do what he currently does.

He is essentially a creature of circumstance, much like everybody else around him.

And he has a morbid acceptance of this world that they live in.

He just is trying to survive like everybody else. Not just survive.

He’s also trying to live and progress his family by the only means that are available to them, i.e., pharmaceuticals.”


Paramount Plus Mayor of KingstownEpisodes


Paramount Plus Mayor of Kingstown – Episode 1

Brothers Mitch and Mike McLusky navigate Kingstown, home to multiple prisons, as they act as the liaisons between prisoners and the community; when a young guard, Sam, is set up to deliver a letter for a prisoner, Mike works to get him off the hook.


Paramount Plus Mayor of Kingstown – Episode 2

Local gang leader Bunny is upset when one of his guys gets taken off the yard; Mike brokers a deal, and is later visited by two FBI agents whom Mitch worked for; Milo has instructions for Josef on how to get closer to Mike.


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