As teen sensations in the ’80s, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Bobby Brown, Ronnie DeVoe and Ralph Tresvant moved from the housing projects of Boston straight to the top of the R&B charts with irresistible pop confections like “Candy Girl” and “Mr. Telephone Man.” Throw in the messy breakups and reunions and hiatuses and the unexpected addition of Johnny Gill, and the tale has all the makings of must-see TV.
“The New Edition Story,” a six-hour biopic that starts its three-night run Jan. 24 on BET, captures all of that and more in a project that took more than a decade to put together.
New Edition’s members say they are pleased with what they have seen of the project. A screening at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills in December made a believer out of Brown.
“I was sitting in the chair over here and got a little crying going on,” Brown said during a Q&A after the screening. “Watching and being alive to be able to see what my life was and has become and where my life is going from this point on? It’s special, man. These kids put their hearts and souls into this, just like we put our hearts and souls into our lives.”
SOURCE: Newsday – Glenn Gamboa