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NBC to produce series following a fictional Baltimore mayor

Penny Johnson Jerald is among the executive producers of a new NBC show that focuses on a black female mayor of Baltimore.
Penny Johnson Jerald is among the executive producers of a new NBC show that focuses on a black female mayor of Baltimore.(Dia Dipasupil / Getty Images)

NBC is reportedly producing a series that will take place in Baltimore and will feature a Baltimore native as one of the show's executive producers, according to Variety.

The Los Angeles-based entertainment magazine reported that the network is developing a drama following a newly elected African-American female mayor, a female chief of police and a district attorney "as they work for the good of one of America's most dangerous cities."

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Penny Johnson Jerald, a Baltimore actress who has been featured in "The Larry Sanders Show" and "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," will be on the team of executive producers, which also includes Allison Abner, who wrote for Netflix's "Narcos" and "West Wing," Variety wrote.

Since only a dozen black women have served as mayor of a major American city, it's likely that the potential series has played off Baltimore's political history, which has included three female African-American mayors in a row, including Sheila Dixon, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and now Catherine E. Pugh.

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Read more about Baltimore's black female mayors here.

Only a dozen black women have served as mayor of a major American city. Baltimore has elected three in a row.

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