The Bobby DeBarge Story (TV One): New Photos, Preview Clips & Premiere Date

The Bobby DeBarge Story (TV One): New Photos, Preview Clips & Premiere Date

TV One today announced that its anticipated The Bobby DeBarge Story, directed by syndicated radio personality Russ Parr and starring Roshon Fegan in the title role, will premiere on Saturday June 29 at 8 p.m. ET and repeat at 10 p.m. ET, as part of Black Music Month.

The cast also includes Tyra Ferrell (Boyz InThe Hood, White Men Can’t Jump) as Etterlene DeBarge…

Tyra Ferrell as Etterlene DeBarge


Benjamin Rose as El DeBarge

Benjamin Rose as El DeBarge


Blue Kimble (Media) as Tommy DeBarge…

Blue Kimble as Tommy DeBarge


and Adrian Marcel Hutton as James DeBarge.

Adrian Marcel Hutton as James DeBarge


Big Boi of Outkast portrays legendary music mogul Berry Gordy, while Lloyd appears as Switch member Gregory Williams.

Lloyd as Gregory Williams


In addition to the above character photos released today, the network also dropped two new clips from the biopic and a Behind the Scenes featurette. View all three below, along with today’s official press release:


In his first role as a leading man, Fegan brilliantly transforms into the falsetto master and takes audiences inside the tumultuous life of the former lead singer of the late 70’s R&B/Funk band Switch.

“The most dynamic and powerful acting role I’ve ever portrayed,” shared Fegan. “It was an honor to tell this musical legend’s life story.”


Despite his success in music, Bobby DeBarge, the eldest sibling of the world-famous pop group DeBarge struggled with fame and fortune and found his life in peril. The film explores the highs and lows of the singer’s life in the limelight, including his rise to stardom, coping with memories of his dysfunctional childhood, romantic relationships, struggles with substance abuse, incarceration and failing health.

“It was truly amazing watching the characters unfold in front of my eyes and the incredible acting that was bestowed upon this project,” said the film’s director Russ Parr.   “I think a lot of people are going to be surprised by the performances that they see. Although this is a tragic story, I believe it’s told with dignity and respect to the legacy of Bobby DeBarge.” Parr is also a writer and producer known for the award-winning “The Undershepherd,” “Hear No Evil” and “35 and Ticking.”

Watch two clips from The Bobby DeBarge Story below:

An additional encore for THE BOBBY DEBARGE STORY is scheduled to air for Sunday, June 30 at 9 P.M. ET/8C and 11 P.M. ET/10C.

THE BOBBY DEBARGE STORY is produced for TV One by Swirl Films. Executive Producers are Eric Tomosunas and Teri DeBarge. The film is written by Norman Vance, Jr., directed by Russ Parr with casting provided by Leah Daniels Butler (Leah Daniels Butler Casting) and George Pierre (Pierre Casting). For TV One, Karen Peterkin and Jason Ryan are the Executive Producers in Charge of Production, Donyell Kennedy-McCullough is Senior Director of Talent & Casting and Robyn Greene Arrington is Vice President of Original Programming and Production.

Roshon Fegan as Bobby DeBarge



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