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The year is 1978. The city, Roxbury, MA, just outside of Boston. Eleven year old Bobby Brown convinces some friends (Ricky Bell, Mike Bivins, and Ralph Tresvant) to perform in local talent ... See full summary »

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Chris Robinson

Writer:

Abdul Williams
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Bryshere Y. Gray ... Michael Bivins
Elijah Kelley ... Ricky Bell
Luke James ... Johnny Gill
Woody McClain ... Robert Brown
Keith Powers ... Ronnie DeVoe
Algee Smith ... Ralph Tresvant
Dante Hoagland ... Michael Bivins (ages 10-15)
Caleb McLaughlin ... Young Ricky Bell
Myles Truitt ... Young Ronnie DeVoe
Tyler Marcel Williams Tyler Marcel Williams ... Bobby Brown (ages 9-14) (as Tyler Williams)
Jahi Di'Allo Winston ... Young Ralph Tresvant (as Jahi Winston)
Michael Rapaport ... Gary Evans
Wood Harris ... Brooke Payne
Durrell Babbs ... Jheryl Busby (as Durrell 'Tank' Babbs)
Faizon Love ... Maurice Starr
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The year is 1978. The city, Roxbury, MA, just outside of Boston. Eleven year old Bobby Brown convinces some friends (Ricky Bell, Mike Bivins, and Ralph Tresvant) to perform in local talent shows in an attempt to win money (and girls). Once the group is formed, they convince a hot local manager, Brooke Payne, to turn them into talent show winners. The boys are eventually discovered by music impresario, Maurice Starr, who signs them to a record deal. They add a fifth member, Ronnie DeVoe, and their debut song "Candy Girl" hits #1 on the charts. Gary Evans, a manager from NYC, promises them a better deal, bigger stardom, and more money. When the boys get a new deal with MCA Records in L.A., things get off to an inauspicious start when MCA president Jheryl Busby, underwhelmed by his new signing, pushes them to deliver a hit album or else. Written by Nino Brown

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Biography | Drama | Music

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24 January 2017 (USA) See more »

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The character of Zena Tresvant is a pseudonym due to legal reasons for the real name of Ralph Tresvant's ex-wife who given name is Shelly Jean Tresvant. See more »

Quotes

Bobby Brown: He sings, Why?
Brooke Payne: This is a long time ago.
Bobby Brown: Why you killed Him?
Ralph Tresvant: Brooke?
Brooke Payne: Your Groupie and Bodyguards check to sing.
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