Fall TV has arrived! Which means new shows a plenty. If you are like me you always go into it a bit nervous. You don’t want to fully commit to a new show just in case, but ABC’s new show The Mayor is pretty great.
The cast features Brandon Micheal Hall as Courtney Rose, Lea Michele as Valentina Barella, Bernard David Jones as Jermaine Leforge, Marcel Spears as T.K. Clifton and Yvette Nicole Brown as Dina Rose.
A few weeks back a group of 25 bloggers traveled out to ABC studios to watch an the upcoming episode titled “The Filibuster” of The Mayor and chat with two actors on the show: Bernard David Jones who plays Jermaine Leforge and Marcel Spears who plays T.K. Clifton. Both guys were incredibly funny and thoughtful. Check out some of the interview below:
Well, I started with auditioning. My agent me the casting notice and I was like, okay, cool. I read the script, and I said, I have to be a part of this. I don’t know how I’m gonna do it, but I need to be a part of this. It was so amazing. The script was so funny. It was topical. It was current, and I was just like, man, I need to do this.
Marcel Spears: Got to get in there. It was the same for me. Like, I feel like I auditioned in New York and I feel like every young brother in New York that could halfway sing, and kind of rap was in that audition room. Like, it happens a lot. We see each other, and we’re like, what’s up…I originally auditioned for [the role of Courtney Rose], and they were like, ah, it’s not quite a fit because Brandon went in and apparently free-styled for like, an hour. He killed his audition because we auditioned at the same place and so the casting director was like, ah, but we got to find a place for Marcel.
I was gonna just say, as artists, it’s kind of our duty, our job to be able to hold a mirror up to our country, our world and say, this is what’s going on. How do we fix it? What can we do to fix it? And I think our show is an awesome representation of what happens when somebody that has the heart for people, that understands community and unity, leads with love. How that can affect a community and you know, this guy, he has no political experience. He didn’t mean to win. He was doing what millennials do: trying to get some of that ka-ching.
Marcel Spears:Trying to get the followers up.
Bernard David Jones:But he didn’t stray away from the responsibility. He took it head on, and I think that’s a good lesson for all of us. You know, all of America. If something is going on in your neighborhood that you want to change, take leadership. Take ownership of your community, so I think it’s a great opportunity to be able to be some maybe a catalyst for mobility or, in your communities for some change.
Marcel Spears:Yeah, I agree. It’s an opportunity for us as artists to provoke change and to inspire people. The thing is when I was a kid, people wanted to be the President – even if you didn’t want to be the President, that was the go-to answer if a teacher or somebody asked you and you want to give the answer that’s going to make your mom go, “Awww!” It was like, “I want to be the President of the United States of America.” You say that and people are like, aw, yeah, it can happen for you, kid.
And politics was a thing that you didn’t shy away from. It’s always been a topic that you don’t talk about at dinner, but it’s something that people weren’t afraid of, and now, I feel like people are so exhausted with it because you have to pick a side. It’s become so divided that we forgot that it’s a part of what makes this country great. I feel like us doing the show gives us a chance, in a fun way, in an approachable way to talk about politics in a way that I feel like can reach people so that people aren’t afraid of politics anymore.
So that people aren’t exhausted with it so much and they can get down to what it’s about and what it’s about is taking care of the people around you. Like, taking care of your community and making sure that you’re looking out for the next person. Whether you disagree on how to go about doing that, the end goal is always the betterment of the community.
Bernard David Jones:And I think what’s also special about our show is that we come from a non-partisan standpoint, so there’s no, “you have to be a Democrat” or “you have to be a Republican.” We don’t choose sides. We present what’s going on these communities, and we offer solutions on how to fix it. Marcel Spears:Yeah, I’m learning a lot about it, too. Like, city politics: you have your big banner issues, but when you get down to how a city functions, everybody wants a road that they can drive on without a million potholes. Everybody wants clean water, so when you get down to talking about those issues that affect the day to day operation of a city, I think everybody gets closer to the middle than even I thought in the beginning.
It’s definitely a family show and I think that’s what’s important about our show and is special is that you can gather the family together, sit down and watch a show and then maybe discuss some of the issues that are happening. I know a lot of you guys have kids if not all of you; so it’s those issues like going to a music program. Saying hey, my kid is a part of that, and it works well for him. Or we need to keep that or just having a safe space for children in our episodes I think it has been very family oriented, but we do talk about real stuff, and we don’t shy away from the real stuff. But we do it in a way that’s, I think copasetic to a family environment.
Marcel Spears:Yeah, this is one of those shows that you can sit down as a family and watch. It’s one of those shoes that your kids can grow into like; they watch an episode now, they don’t catch everything. They watch it again when they’re a little older and, and they see things that they never understood or didn’t comprehend. It’s definitely something that I feel like because of the design of it and because of the nature of the show, it’s something that can reach everybody in some way.
Not only was the episode we watched hilarious, but these two guys were great. Like I said above super funny and thoughtful. Both of these guys have a great career ahead of them.
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***Disclosure: I attended the #ABCTVEvent My flight, lodgings, and expenses were covered by Disney All opinions are 100% mine. ***