Film, TV & Stage

BET scores ratings hit with its New Edition biopic

TV HIT: Bryshere Y. Gray, Elijah Kelley, Luke James, Keith Powers, Algee Smith, and Woody McClain as the adult members of New Edition

TV HIT: Bryshere Y. Gray, Elijah Kelley, Luke James, Keith Powers, Algee Smith, and Woody McClain as the adult members of New Edition

IT HAS been trending for three days straight, so it’s no wonder BET’s biopic about R&B group New Edition has provided them with their highest-rated premiere in five years.

The first of the three-part New Edition Story, screened in the US on Tuesday (Jan 24), garnered 4.4 million viewers between BET and its sister network Centric.

New Edition formed in Boston in the early 1980s and consisted of Ricky Bell, Bobby Brown, Ralph Tresvant, Ronnie DeVoe and Michael Bivins. Johnny Gill joined the group in 1987 after Bobby Brown’s departure.

The miniseries shows their humble Boston beginnings to global megastardom, detailing the controversy and personnel changes along the way, and ruminating on the ultimate cost of fame.

The cast includes Empire’s Bryshere Y. Gray, Elijah Kelley, Luke James, Keith Powers, Algee Smith, and Woody McClain as the adult members of New Edition.

“Family! Thank you for coming together and taking this journey of The New Edition Story with us! Blessings! #NewEditionBET,” BET tweeted yesterday night (Jan 276) after the final instalment was aired.

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