BET’s The New Edition Story was a certified hit, with fans praising the made-for-television biopic’s accuracy, execution and stand-out performances.
In fact, the flick was so successful that the network has green-lit a follow up focusing on the group’s most controversial member, Bobby Brown, set to debut this fall.
The Bobby Brown Story will pick up where the New Edition film left off, chronicling the talented but troubled singer’s exit from the popular ’80s boy band through his solo success, his affair with Janet Jackson and marriage to pop icon Whitney Houston, according to Deadline. Woody McClain will reprise his role as “The King of R&B” in the two-part mini-series, joined by Get Out’s Lil Rel Howery, Laz Alonso, Mekhi Phifer, T.K. Carter, Lance Gross, Alyssa Goss and Sandi McCree. Production began today in Atlanta.
The network claims the biopic will largely be about redemption, as through sobriety, Brown learns to be a better man, husband and father — finding love again and re-marrying in 2012.
Parts 1 and 3 of The New Edition Story posted the network’s highest-rated and most-watched telecasts in since the Season 5 premiere of The Game in 2012.
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.