People think Jeremy Renner’s new TV show Mayor of Kingstown is a joke: ‘Is this not a parody of Mare of Easttown?’

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The first look at Taylor Sheridan’s upcoming drama Mayor of Kingstown, starring Jeremy Renner, has dropped, but people aren’t sure it’s actually real.

The 10-episode Paramount+ series sees the Marvel actor, Kyle Chandler and Taylor Handley as the McLusky brothers who live and operate in a Michigan town where incarceration is the only thriving industry, and they run it.

However, as the trailer dropped, TV fans couldn’t quite get past the fact the show’s title is almost identical to one of the biggest TV hits of the year Mare of Easttown, starring Kate Winslet.

‘Not convinced Mayor of Kingstown is a real TV show that exists and is not just a fake parody of Mare of Easttown,’ one person flagged.

‘Why the f is there a Mare of Easttown and a Mayor of Kingstown. Is this a joke or did important people not talk to each other?’ wondered another.

Many others echoed the sentiment, with another joking: ‘Jeremy Renner is in a show called Mayor of Kingstown and I just don’t know how to tell him Mare of Easttown is already a thing and he needs his own title.’

Jeremy Renner stars in new show Mayor of Kingstown (Picture: Paramount)

Not convinced Mayor of Kingstown is a real TV show that exists and is not just a fake parody of Mare of Easttown.

— Milo (@Milo_AFC) September 1, 2021

From the creators of Mare of Easttown comes…. Mayor of Kingstown

— Regina Phalange FightOnGaga (@HausOfUnicorns) August 31, 2021

Some are already looking forward to Renner’s character and Winslet’s alter ego settling the debate. ‘I need the Mayor of Kingstown to battle the Mare of Easttown to the death,’ quipped one TV fan, while another asked: ‘But when will the Mayor of Kingstown fight Mare of Easttown?’

‘If there isn’t a crossover between Mare of Easttown and Mayor of Kingstown someone f**ked up,’ read another tweet.

One commenter however put rumours to rest, joking: ‘I regret to confirm that Mayor of Kingstown, Jeremy Renner’s new series, is not part of the Mare of Easttown shared universe.’

While Mare of Easttown was created by Brad Ingelsby for HBO, Yellowstone creator Sheridan is making this new show at Paramount. 

Kyle Chandler plays Renner’s brother (Picture: Paramount)

Renner will also appear in Hawkeye later this year (Picture: Paramount)

Mayor of Kingstown will debut on November 14 on Paramount Network in the US, following a new episode of Yellowstone.

In a recent Q&A at a recent Television Critics Association Panel, Renner praised the strength of the script and described what interests him about his morally complex character. 

‘I like exploring and even supporting that idea of them having a moral compass. Not all actions are perfect, right? We’re all flawed. But, if it still comes from a strong base that’s unflappable, there’s something beautiful about that. Mike possesses those things,’ Renner said (via Deadline). 

Executive producer David Glasser also joined the conversation to chat about Sheridan’s immense and continuous success. 

Kate Winslet starred in Mare of Easttown this year but, no, Mayor of Kingstown has nothing to do with it (Picture: HBO)

‘He has a phrase he always uses: “We’re not making TV, we’re making a 10-hour movie.” If we can operate making a 10-hour movie, then we will give audiences something special.

‘That goes from the cast you see here to the way the shows are shot to the team that we work with, even down to the lenses that are used on the on the show.’

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Meanwhile, show co-creator Hugh Dillon explained his personal connection to the subject matter of the series saying: ‘I would drive by the shadows of the penitentiaries. 

‘I remember [as a six or seven-year-old] in the back seat and I thought it was Disneyland. So I was there. There were nine [penitentiaries] in that town. It’s just something I grew up with.’

Mayor of Kingstown starts November 14 on Paramount Network and Paramount+.

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