Rosewood star Gabrille Dennis has been cast as Whitney Houston in the BET limited series THE BOBBY BROWN STORY, the Tracking Board has confirmed. The two part miniseries stars Woody McClain in the title role, and it will premiere sometime in September. Production on the series has already begun in Atlanta.
Obviously, you can’t tell the Bobby Brown story without covering his marriage to pop superstar Whitney Houston between 1992 until 2007. That turbulent marriage was the subject of the tabloids for fifteen years, and The Bobby Brown Story will cover the ups and downs of that relationship. Houston died five years after they divorced in 2012, but chances are that won’t be covered in the BET mini.
Last year’s The New Edition Story was a huge ratings hit for the BET Network when it aired in January, and The Bobby Brown Story will pick up where that movie left off as Bobby Brown transitioned into a successful solo artist. McClain will reprise his role as the New Edition member who earned his rep as a “bad boy,” getting further into drugs as he continued to top the charts.
The Bobby Brown Story is exec. produced by Jesse Collins for JCE Films, a division of Jesse Collins Entertainment. It’s written by Abdul Williams, who also wrote The New Edition Story, and it’s directed by Spike Lee protégé Kiel Adrian Scott.
Besides playing Pippy Rosewood on the Fox series Rosewood, Dennis played herself in the Universal hit comedy Girls Trip and has appeared on a variety of television shows including Marvel’s Luke Cage and Insecure.
Dennis is repped by the Gersh Agency and Industry Entertainment, and her casting was first reported by Deadline.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor