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Posted at 1:35 PM ET, 12/ 9/2010

Marion Barry reality show debuts on YouTube

By Mike DeBonis

The long-awaited Marion Barry reality show is now, um, reality.

The pilot episode of "Mayor for Life" has been posted to YouTube by its creator, filmmaker Kirk Fraser. Whether it will hit the TV airwaves is still to be determined -- former Barry communications director Andre Johnson, who plays a prominent role in the program, says Fraser is "still negotiating" with possible networks but the show "will find a home very soon."

In the meantime, enjoy the pilot, which shows the runup to and aftermath of the D.C. Council's January vote to censure Barry for his contracting shenanigans. It features scenes with plenty of familiar faces, including council members Kwame R. Brown, Michael A. Brown and Harry Thomas Jr.; attorney Fred Cooke; radio host Donnie Simpson; and son Christopher Barry. And the teaser for the next episode features Mayor-elect Vincent Gray, asking Barry, "Is your microphone on?"

A note: I appear in the show and am listed as a "cast member" in the credits. I did not have any part in the making of the show and have received no compensation for appearing. Fraser filmed me on the day of Barry's censure without my knowledge, and he subsequently interviewed me earlier this year about what had happened with the Barry investigation.

By Mike DeBonis  | December 9, 2010; 1:35 PM ET
Categories:  Marion Barry, The District  
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Posted by: biddfirst | December 9, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

The whole thing so phony. The conversation between CM Brown and CM Barry in the office took place at 6:38 according to the clock on the wall. But, they were watching what is made to look like a live television broadcast with a time stamp of 5:37. They are going to have to do a better editing job than that.

However, it was entertaining, as is most facets of Mr. Barry's life. I think it could find its way onto one of the cable networks. The Newark "reality" show that centered around Corey Booker did quite well.

Posted by: DC4Life2009 | December 10, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

I am amazed at how we glamorize unethical people who lie, cheat and steal from their own people and community, keeping them disenfranchised and ignorant to whats really going on. This is outrageous and the sooner this show airs and flops the better. This is disgusting.

Posted by: thehouseofsharon | December 10, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Soo.... Lets talk about Getty Images & why the maker of this show are using these video clips without paying for them... That's why the water-mark is there.


Posted by: Peyton_Sherwood_DC | December 10, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Andre Johnson sounds like a phony who's trying to get attention with the intent to make more money in the future. It looks like he's using CM Barry instead of working for him. Why did he accept a personal services contract if he wasn't going to render personal services? Everything in this first pilot affair looks like he and others are trying to hustle and get paid while the public is being conned and used. Is there no shame?

Posted by: dbell2 | December 12, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Since you can't watch the videos any longer on You Tube (now private), why not edit your post and take down the links or just keep the photos in the links somehow.

Posted by: mgoldstein2012 | December 13, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Wow..20 years ago he got busted smoking the glass tube. Now he's on YouTube..lovely...

Posted by: Don4 | December 13, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Now I understand why he nor his office has had time to get back to me low these three years I've been e-mailing, calling and writing, they're shopping a tv show on company time. Once a thief always a thief. The citizens of Ward 8 who continue to vote for this embarrassment have to be the most deluded group of people in the region.

Posted by: JDYoung | December 16, 2010 3:40 AM | Report abuse

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