New Edition’s Story Is The Subject Of New TV Miniseries
The same week that N.W.A.’s biopic, Straight Outta Compton hits theaters (August 14), another game-changing 1980s act is confirmed to be the inspiration of another dramatic retelling. New Edition, the Boston, Massachusetts-based group of Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Bobby Brown, Ronnie DeVoe, Ralph Tresvant, and later Johnny Gill will be the subject of a yet-untitled BET miniseries.
Indie Wire reports that the members of N.E. (minus Bobby Brown) have teamed with their manager to sign on with BET. All parties will serve as producers on the 2016 project. “It’s been a long time coming and that time is finally here! Now that we have signed the deal, New Edition’s journey will be captured in a three night miniseries to tell our life story through our very own eyes. We are happy to have New Edition Enterprises collaborate with BET Networks’ Debra Lee and Stephen Hill along with Jesse Collins Entertainment. From our beginning in the Orchard Park Projects in Boston to Hollywood and everything in between, just like The Temptations and The Jackson 5—we are ready to retrace our footsteps and show everyone how we got here. For the fans all over the world, this one’s for you,” said the multi-platinum group in a published press statement. Both the Jacksons and the Temps were both subjects of televised miniseries, on ABC and Hallmark, respectively.
New Edition, which presently is thought to include all six members, released One Love in 2004 on Bad Boy. They toured in 2011 and 2012.