In another example of "art imitating life," actor Woody McClain (Training Day, Tales) is looking at 2018 to leave his fellow boy band actors behind and go solo. Following up on the ratings success of BET's miniseries The New Edition Story, McClain will reprise his role as the R&B/pop singer in the network's two-part followup miniseries, The Bobby Brown Story.
Stepping back into their The New Edition Story roles, writer Abdul Williams and executive producer Jesse Collins pick up Bobby Brown's story at the moment when the original miniseries ended: with the singer exercising his prerogative to exit the band to embark on his solo career. From his early of drug dealing on the streets of Roxbury through an incredibly successful solo career that would result in eight consecutive "top 10" pop singles from 1988-1992, the miniseries is set to span 30 years of a life filled with amazing highs and tragic lows.
The network won't shy away from the more controversial aspects of Brown's past: numerous arrests throughout the 1990's and 2000's; substance abuse and domestic issues with wife Whitney Houston that would eventually lead them to divorcing in 2007; the shocking death of Houston in 2012 on the eve of the Grammy awards; and then the tragic death of daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown in 2015, having been in a coma for six months prior after also being found submerged in a bathtub. But as the network wants to emphasize, Brown's story is one of survival and and every little step he takes at starting over: "The Bobby Brown Story also will be a story about redemption. Through sobriety, the singer learns to be a better man, husband and father — finding love again and remarring in 2012."
Casting is still under way for the remaining key players for the miniseries, including: Houston, Bobbi Kristina, Janet Jackson, Teddy Riley, L.A. Reid, Babyface and others.