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BET greenlights New Edition biopic mini

Viacom’s US cable channel BET has ordered a miniseries based in the story of 1980s pop group New Edition.

Band members members Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Ronnie DeVoe, Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant have all signed on as coproducers for the show, which will run as a three-night miniseries on BET and debut next year.

Jesse Collins Entertainment will make the miniseries, with Jesse Collins (Real Husbands of Hollywood) executive producing the as-yet-untitled project.

Stephen Hill, who was promoted to BET Networks president of programming in December last year, said: “Everyone’s been waiting for the New Edition saga to be told in all its triumphs and heartbreaks and we can’t wait to bring it to the screen.”

Collins added: “When I brought the idea to BET years ago, I wanted to create a film that would tell the story of how New Edition emerged into one of the most important groups of its generation.”