‘The Mayor’: Could it win Golden Globes because of similarities to ‘Atlanta’ … and Donald Trump?

Atlanta” is the reigning Golden Globe champion for Best TV Comedy Series, but it won’t defend its title because it won’t air its second season until 2018. That leaves the door open for a new winner, and the Golden Globes love to be the first to reward a buzz-worthy freshman series. That could be good news for ABC’s “The Mayor.”

There are surface similarities between “Atlanta” and “The Mayor” of course. Both are focused in the world of hip-hop music, with “Atlanta” following an up-and-coming rapper (Brian Tyree Henry) and his down-on-his-luck manager (Donald Glover, Globe winner for Best TV Comedy Actor), while “The Mayor” focuses on an up-and-coming rapper (Brandon Michael Hall) and his publicity-stunt political campaign that unexpectedly lands him in the mayor’s office. Apart from that, the tone and subject matter of both shows is strikingly different, but it’s not just an “Atlanta” connection that works in the show’s favor.

The Globes love to be the first to anoint a new breakout star — consider recent winners like Gina Rodriguez (Best TV Comedy Actress, “Jane the Virgin,” 2015), Rachel Bloom (Best TV Comedy Actress, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” 2016), Claire Foy (Best TV Drama Actress, “The Crown,” 2017), and 10of course Glover. “The Mayor” star Hall fits that bill. The series is also helped by positive reviews — 72 on MetaCritic — and the fact that it’s currently airing, which will keep it fresh in voters minds when they’re voting this fall. It doesn’t hurt that it’s airing on Tuesday nights right after “Black-ish,” which broke through for Best Comedy Series at the Globes in 2017.

Then there’s Donald Trump. The story of a man who runs for office and finds himself out of his depth in the halls of power will probably sound familiar. On one hand that might seem like a disadvantage for the series, but “The Mayor” is a more optimistic account, which could appeal to Hollywood Foreign Press voters tired of the latest rants by the tweeter in chief.

What do you think? Will “The Mayor” be this year’s big breakout awards hit?

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