de Passe Entertainment had, some six years earlier, shot The Jacksons: An American Dream in Pittsburgh as well.
The story begins in 1958 when Otis Williams, a black teenager living in Detroit, Michigan, is running to meet his friend Elbridge "Al" Bryant at a musical performance by The Cadillacs, where Otis and the singer lock eyes, which he credits as the moment he devoted his life to music.
A number of liberties were taken with factual events for dramatization purposes: As a result, Otis Williams and the producers would be sued by several people portrayed in the film and their families, notably Melvin Franklin's mother and the children and estate of David Ruffin.
Although the movie is set mostly in Detroit and Los Angeles, the producers chose to shoot the film in Pittsburgh, presumably to take advantage of the many different architectural and geographical looks that Pittsburgh offers.
Lively but surly Leroy Brown (David Mann) attempts to open and operate a retirement home in the sitcom spun off from "Tyler Perry's House of Payne." First up: Brown gets help in his venture from a doctor (Lamman Rucker). Leroy Brown, Tamela Mann as Cora Simmons, Lamman Rucker as Dr.
Will Brown, Denise Boutte as Sasha Brown, Juanita Jennings as Ms.
Executive produced by former Motown executive Suzanne de Passe, produced by Otis Williams and Temptations manager Shelley Berger, and based upon Williams’ Temptations autobiography, the miniseries was originally broadcast on November 1 and November 2, 1998.
It was filmed on location in Pittsburgh, PA in the spring of 1998. The miniseries was based upon Otis Williams' book; as such, it came from his perspective: the focus of the story tended to be on Williams and Melvin Franklin, with David Ruffin and Eddie Kendricks seen as antagonists for much of the second half (although Kendricks was still given a more sympathetic portrayal than Ruffin).
Daisy La Rue Absent: Antonio Jaramillo, Arielle Vandenberg, Brianne Gould, and Gunnar Washington Brown tries to fill a handyman position and settles on an aspiring lawyer.Debuts Antonio Jaramillo as Jesus Hernandez and Arielle Vandenberg as London Sheraton Absent: Brianne Gould and Gunnar Washington When two troubled foster kids arrive at the Brown home, Sasha and Will consider being their foster parents.Meanwhile, diva duo London Sheraton and Miss Daisy take part in a battle of wits when they appear on a local TV show.This threatens to tear apart the very core of their faith that holds them together.The Calvary Fellowship World Ministries is headed by Bishop James Greenleaf (Keith David), a charismatic and manipulative leader.Dennis Edwards was not heavily focused upon, nor was much said of the problems he later had with Otis Williams.Nevertheless, the miniseries gave a general overview of both the history of the group and that of Motown, and, thanks to de Passe's connection, the film was able to use authentic props and locations.His wife, Lady Mae (Lynn Whitfield), stands by his side and is the matriarch of the church and their family.Jacob Greenleaf (Lamman Rucker) is a ne’er-do-well and the eldest son. August Richards Vanessa Bell Calloway Christopher Reid Mel Jackson Smokey Robinson Alan Rosenberg The Temptations is a four-hour television miniseries broadcast in two-hour halves on NBC, based upon the history of one of Motown's longest-lived acts, The Temptations. Woodside Terron Brooks Christian Payton Leon Tina Lifford Jenifer Lewis Gina Ravera Obba Babatundé J.