Mayor of Kingstown Wiki

Mayor of Kingstown is an American drama television series, created by Taylor Sheridan and Hugh Dillon. It premiered Paramount+ on November 14, 2021. Then on February 01, 2022, the series was renewed for a second season.[1]


The show is set in a Kingstown, Michigan where the only industry remaining are federal, state, and private prisons, the story follows the McClusky family, the power brokers between the police, criminals, inmates, prison guards and politicians, in a city completely dependent on prisons and the prisoners they contain. It is a stark and brutal look at the business of incarceration. The drama tackles themes of systemic racism, corruption and inequality, providing a stark look at their attempt to bring order and justice to a town that has neither.








On January 14, 2020, it was announced at the 2020 TCA that Paramount+ ordered a first season of Mayor of Kingstown, produced by 101 Studios, MTV Entertainment Studios, and Sheridan’s Bosque Ranch Productions.[2] On February 24, 2021, it was revealed during the ViacomCBS Streaming Event presentation that prolific director Antoine Fuqua has signed on to executive produce the series. Taylor Sheridan executive produces alongside co-creator Hugh Dillon and David Glasser, Jeremy Renner, Antoine Fuqua, Ron Burkle, Bob Yari and Michael Friedman.[3]


On February 24, 2021, it was announced during the ViacomCBS Streaming Event presentation that Jeremy Renner is set as the lead in the series.[3] In March 2021, Dianne Wiest has been tapped to star opposite Jeremy Renner.[4] In April 2021, Emma Laird, Derek Webster, and Taylor Handley joined the series as leads.[5][6] In May 2021, co-creator Hugh Dillon, Pha'rez Lass, and Tobi Bamtefa joined the series as series regulars.[7] In August 2021, Kyle Chandler, Aidan Gillen, and Hamish Allan-Headley joined the series as series regulars and James Jordan, Nishi Munshi, Nichole Galicia, Andrew Howard, Michael Beach, Necar Zadegan, Jason Kelley, Mandela Van Peebles, Rob Kirkland and Natasha Marc are joining in recurring roles.[8][9]


Production for the first season took place in Toronto. Locations in Toronto include Kingston Penitentiary and the new Stratagem Stages.[7]


  • Mayor of Kingstown is one of several projects for Paramount+ under Sheridan’s new overall deal with ViacomCBS and MTV Entertainment Group.[3]
  • The series co-creator Hugh Dillon took on a dual role both in front of and behind the camera.[7]