Debby Ryan’s Jessie character Jessie Prescott, 22, accepts her boyfriend’s proposal of marriage on the show. Disney Channel VP said: ‘Jessie is an adult, and we felt we could tackle this in a way that still feels appropriate for our audience.’ The Disney Channel focuses on children ages 6 to 11, with “Jessie” also attracting 9-to-14-year-old ‘tween’ viewers among its average weekly audience of 2.9 million viewers.
Debby Ryan stars as the young Texas woman who moves to New York City to pursue acting and becomes the nanny for an affluent family with children adopted from India, Africa and America. The comedy, in its third season, airs a mix of new and repeat episodes at 8 PM EDT Friday.
The budding relationship between Jessie and her new love, 25-year-old Brooks (Pierson Fode), is handled chastely, as befits a Disney project aimed at youngsters. The couple is shown bonding over picnics in Central Park and on movie dates and in other such innocent moments.
‘The way we deal with this romance is very pure Disney fairy tale.’
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