ABC has kicked off the pickups of new series with nods to the hottest pilots from its sibling ABC Studios: comedy The Mayor, executive produced by Daveed Diggs and starring Lea Michele, dramas For the People, from Shondaland; The Crossing, starring Steve Zahn; and The Gospel of Kevin, toplined by Jason Ritter.
Here is info on ABC’s newly picked up series:
Young rapper Courtney Rose (Brandon Micheal Hall) needs his big break. For years, he’s toiled away in a small inner-city apartment, making music in his junk-filled bedroom closet. Tired of waiting for opportunity, Courtney cooks up the publicity stunt of the century: Running for mayor of his hometown in California to generate buzz for his music career. Unfortunately for Courtney, his master plan goes wildly awry, ending in the most terrifying of outcomes: An election victory. With the help of his mother (Yvette Nicole Brown, “Community”) and friends, including Valentina (“Glee’s” Lea Michele), Courtney will have to overcome his hubris if he wants to transform the struggling city he loves.
From Tony winner Executive Producer Daveed Diggs (Broadway’s “Hamilton”), writer/executive producer Jeremy Bronson (“Speechless,” “The Mindy Project,” “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”) and executive producer Jamie Tarses (“Happy Endings”), the series is from ABC Studios. The pilot is directed by Executive Producer James Griffiths (“black-ish”).
The series stars Brandon Micheal Hall as Courtney Rose, Lea Michele as Valentina, Bernard David Jones as Jermaine Hardaway, Marcel Spears as TK and Yvette Nicole Brown as Dina. “The Mayor” is from ABC Studios.
‘I’m Just Really Happy Right Now’: Taylor Swift Performs at Pre-Super Bowl Party
We are never, ever, ever getting over this.
On Saturday, Taylor Swift made a splash ahead of the Super Bowl at AT&T presents DIRECTV NOW Super Saturday Night in Houston.
With celebs such as Lea Michele, Ruby Rose, Chris Evans and Chrissy Teigen in attendance, the singer sang a number of songs, including “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” and “Better Man,” marking the first time those tunes had been played live. Bruno Mars, the Chainsmokers, Sam Hunt and Snoop Dogg also performed at the bash.
Earlier this week, Swift, 27, gave fans a peek into her rehearsal by sharing a video of herself singing an acoustic version of “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever,” her duet with Zayn Malik for the upcoming film Fifty Shades Darker.
Swift shared several photos from the performance and a peek at her backstage set-up, where her cats patiently lounged on a black couch.
“There no Zayn, so sorry, you are stuck with me,” Swift told the audience, referring to her duet with the former One Direction singer. “I’ve never played it live before and I’d like to.”
Swift also performed an acoustic version of Rihanna and Calvin Harris’ “This Is What You Came For,” a song she co-wrote with then-boyfriend Harris. She gently reminded the crowd of her songwriting skills when she introduced the song.
While standing alone in the middle of the round stage that jutted into the audience, Swift used a black towel to wipe herself off and her fans started begging for it.
“You really don’t want it. You really don’t.”
Swift ended things on a positive note, telling the crowd at the end of her set, “I’m just really happy right now. That was a lot of fun.”
The concert is only Swift’s second live performance since wrapping up her 1989 world tour in late 2015.
Last October, she played a slew of her biggest songs — including “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” “Fifteen” and “This Is What You Came For” at a concert after the Formula One United States Grand Prix.