PO­LIT­I­CALLY COR­RECT The Mayor’s Lea Michele and Bran­don Micheal Hall are TV’s next dy­namic duo

24 Hours Vancouver - - SHOWBIZ - DENETTE WILFORD

In ABC’s new show, The Mayor, Lea Michele re­turns in fine Rachel Berry form, look­ing to help Fort Grey, Cal­i­for­nia’s newly elected mayor, rap­per Court­ney Rose (Bran­don Micheal Hall), who only ran to garner pub­lic­ity for his new album.

With com­ments about Rus­sians tam­per­ing with vot­ing ma­chines and Court­ney pon­der­ing how one can undo a po­lit­i­cal win, it would be easy for The Mayor to be over­run by po­lit­i­cal jokes. In­stead, it’s do­ing view­ers a solid as Court­ney ac­cepts his fate and tries to man­age both.

“His rap ca­reer is tak­ing off, but he also has the re­spon­si­bil­ity of be­ing mayor of this city,” Hall said dur­ing Bell’s up­front pre­sen­ta­tion. “It’s go­ing to be fun and pretty cool to see.”

But it’s also go­ing to be a lot of work for a guy who didn’t know what he was get­ting into and is hav­ing sec­ond thoughts, but is also torn be­tween his dreams and his town. En­ter Court­ney’s for­mer class­mate-turned­chief of staff Valentina (Michele), who is just as much of an am­bi­tious know-it-all as her Glee char­ac­ter, only much more lik­able.

Bran­don Micheal Hall & Lea Michele “Rachel would mur­der some­one (to get some­thing done),” Michele stated mat­ter-of-factly.

Michele added that “get­ting to go to work with my girl­friends” on Scream Queens was a blast but she’s rel­ish­ing this new boys’ club.

“They’re like the brothers I never had,” she gushed. “It’s a to­tally dif­fer­ent en­vi­ron­ment for me, but I think that’s what re­ally got me very ex­cited about this project.”

She con­tin­ued: “If we have a 30-sec­ond break, they’ll go into a full mu­si­cal num­ber for me,” adding that she’s leav­ing all the mu­sic to Hall.

“I’m smil­ing from ear to ear (on set)” added Michele. “This is God grac­ing me with the most hand­some, tal­ented boys that I just get to sit and watch all day long. I mean, I’m not com­plain­ing.”

Hall blushed at be­ing called “hand­some” and “tal­ented,” be­fore re­gain­ing his com­po­sure.

“That’s my girl. I love her.” Ooh, watch out, Will and Grace (and Jack and Karen, for that mat­ter). You’ve got some com­pe­ti­tion.

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