NEW YORK — There's a government office right there in the very title of Ted Danson's new series, but the new NBC comedy "Mr. Mayor" is anything but political.
"If you consider politics the headlines in the papers and the breaking news on CNN, that ain't us," said Danson, who stars as Los Angeles' mayor Neil Bremer.
"We point out the foibles and silliness, and wonderfully lovable, pathetic, lame side of humanity but we don't stop and preach. We never are preaching."
The show is from Emmy Award-winners Robert Carlock and Tina Fey, the brains behind "30 Rock" and "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt."
The 30-minute comedy takes over the 7 p.m. anchor slot in NBC's Thursday comedy block starting Thursday. Danson considers the show more an office or family comedy.
Danson plays a businessman who made a fortune on billboards and then retired. He ran for mayor just to impress his daughter, a sophomore in high school played by Kyla Kenedy from "The Walking Dead."
The new mayor is not a very polished political figure, prone to mangling Spanish and saying things like "I'm very open to a robot police force."
He's got a dubious staff behind him — the trio of comedians Bobby Moynihan, Vella Lovell and Mike Cabellon — and a chief rival in Holly Hunter, who plays an ultra-liberal councilmember. "Like underwear bought in a drug store, you're not going to last two months," she warns the mayor.
In the first episode, the mayor, hoping for a winning issue, steals the idea of a plastic drinking straw ban from his daughter and it blows up in his face. Hunter's character offers to help — but only if he will rename coyotes as "mini-wolves." There is satire, but nothing that might pit red states against blue ones.