Truth Be Told debuts tonight on NBC; check your local listings.
In Truth Be Told, Mark-Paul Gosselaar portrays Mitch an ethics professor, married to Tracy, a lawyer, (Vanessa Lachey). Comedian Tone Bell portrays Russell, a standup comic who lives next door with his wife Angie (Bresha Webb). The sitcom comes from Hollywood super producer Will Packer (the man behind Straight Outta Compton and a slew of successful movies).
Packer, Gosselaar and Bell visited Chicago recently to chat about Truth Be Told. Bell tells Six Brown Chicks that the realism of Truth Be Told will lead viewers to have meaningful conversations and spirited debates.
“It’s an umbrella [of topics] race, sex, religion, drugs, and politics,” Bell quips. “A lot of times, things don’t have to be black and white, it doesn’t have to be a solution or a resolution. We could just leave it up in the air; we agree to disagree. The show is very grounded and lives in that reality.”
Gosselaar says that his quirky character Mitch is a hilarious, yet complex guy.
“Mitch is an ethics professor, he has a very strong opinion,” Gosselaar says. “He wants to fight for justice, for what he thinks is right; he’s a very complex guy. At first I thought we were nothing alike, that this was a character inherently I wasn’t. But now I realize that Mitch and I are very much alike, we just go about things in different ways.”
Oh, and Mitch carries a ton of white guilt, Gosselaar adds. “Mitch goes on this rant in one of the episodes where he says, ‘I feel bad for all of the things white people have ever done to Black people. Following a brother in a store, the fact that I said brother, when that probably isn’t a word I should be saying.’
Truth be told, producer Will Packer wants this show to become a Friday fixation for viewers.
“These days people have so many options in terms of entertainment, and content, they don’t have to tune in, go see a movie or log on to your site,” Packer says. “So we all have to create content that means something. I’m hopeful that people get in, enjoy it and stick around.”
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