When “Mayor of Kingstown” airs tonight, November 14, on Paramount+, viewers will get a dramatic look into the disheveled world of the fictional town Kingstown, Michigan.
The Peacekeeper Brothers of ‘Mayor of Kingstown’
The show will delve into the American prison system. In Kingstown, the main business is incarceration so everyone is employed with or detained within the prison world in some way.
Viewers will get introduced to the McLusky family. They are a family of power brokers that are trying to keep the peace between the police, criminals, inmates, prison guards, and politicians. The show will tackle some really important and timely themes of inequality, systematic racism, and corruption.
The title character, also known as Mike McLusky, is played by Jeremy Renner. His mother Miriam is played by Dianne Wiest, Taylor Handley plays his brother, Kyle, and Kyle Chandler plays his other brother, Mitch.
Mike McLusky Background
These brothers are known as the “fixers” in the town because of their ability to keep the peace. Mike is charming and a natural with the family business. Mike is more hesitant, seeing as he always wanted to escape the inescapable town. Meanwhile, Kyle is a cop.
“Mike McLusky’s job starts out as an inmate advocate … Ultimately, his job is to keep the peace … He is the lubricant to this engine. He is the thing needed to make sure it all runs smoothly. It’s a selfless job, but to keep the peace in a fighting town that doesn’t stand a chance of finding any sort of joy …” Renner said during an interview with TV Insider.
As it turns out, Mike McLusky is even more connected to the incarceration business than just being the “mayor.” His non-elected position allows him to keep the peace inside and outside the prisons. In addition to this role, Mike is also running an outreach center with his brother Mitch to advocate for inmates.
Something that some fans may not be aware of yet is the fact that Mike was actually in jail himself. This is part of why he’s so drawn to the inmates and the town.
“Also, what might not be known is my character was in jail for 10 years … Why that has any value is to understand why he has a connection with the prison, people inside, the leaders inside, the leaders outside,” Jeremy Renner told Distractify.
He also reveals that his character is in no way a hero. He will often bend the law and doesn’t take the “nobility in the job” very seriously.
The different pulls to different sides Mike has affiliations with will lead to some pretty drama-filled moments on “Mayor of Kingstown.”