Marion Barry reality show debuts on YouTube
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.
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