In a move sure to delight their fans, BET has announced they will be doing a miniseries on the group New Edition. Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky, Ralph, Mike and Johnny will be profiled in a deal announceed this week.
Members Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Ronnie DeVoe, Johnny Gill, and Ralph Tresvant will co-produce the untitled miniseries along with the band’s longtime manager Brooke Payne; founding member Bobby Brown was not named as a producer in the press release.
The group, famous for songs such as “Candy Girl” and “Cool It Now,” formed in the late 70s and rose to fame as a quintet in the 80s. Brown left the group in the mid-80s to pursue a solo career and the band has broken up and reunited multiple times, but is currently back together.
“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,” the group said in a statement.
The project is still looking for its director, but shooting is scheduled to begin in early 2016 from a script by Abdul Williams (Lottery Ticket). Fingers crossed the miniseries also yields a Bell Biv DeVoe follow-up.
Given the recent death of Brown’s daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown, its unclear how involved he will be in the production although he is a founding member of the group.