(L-R) Actors Kelsey Grammer, Sanaa Lathan, Jonathan Groff and Tip ‘T.I.’ Harris speak at the ‘Boss’ discussion panel during the Starz portion of the 2012 Summer Television Critics Association tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 2, 2012 in Beverly Hills

*Season 2 of the Starz original series “Boss” comes with fresh swagger, thanks to the addition of T.I. and Sanaa Lathan, who attended the TCA press tour in Beverly Hills Thursday to talk about their new roles opposite Golden Globe winner Kelsey Grammer in the critically-acclaimed series.

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Actress Sanaa Lathan speaks at the ‘Boss’ discussion panel during the Starz portion of the 2012 Summer Television Critics Association tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 2, 2012 in Beverly Hills

After gutting his inner circle, Grammer’s Mayor Tom Kane begins season 2  still battling his degenerative disease while continuing his pursuit of power. One of his new hires is the projects-bred Mona Fredricks (Lathan). But, she begins in the season premiere (premiering Aug. 17 at 9 p.m.) as Chief of Staff to Alderman Ross.

“Mona is a very smart, politically savvy woman who grew up on the South Side of Chicago,” said Lathan. “She grew up in a community that was very disenfranchised. And I believe that she pursued politics to be an advocate for those people in that community.

“There is a very big housing development that’s being redeveloped called Lennox Gardens, which is akin to the actual real life Cabrini Green in Chicago. She’s really concerned about the community there and wants to make sure that they’re not abandoned. And I think Kane is really the only one who can do something about it, so when she has the opportunity to work with him, she takes it.”

Cast members Jonathan Groff (L) and Tip “T.I.” Harris participate in the Starz panel for “Boss”

Tip “T.I.” Harris joins the series as Trey Rogers, the drug dealing cousin of Darius (Rotimi) who has designs on City Hall. Below, T.I. and Grammer explain how his character fits into the story and why he’s in a solid position for a political future. [Scroll down to watch the clip.]