Reality Show to Feature Whitney Houston’s Family


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By Breeanna Hare, CNN

(CNN) — If you’ve wondered how Whitney Houston’s loved ones are coping with her recent death, Lifetime’s going to show you: The network’s picked up 10, hour-long episodes of a docu-series following members of Houston’s family.

Tentatively called “The Houston Family Chronicles,” the show will feature Whitney’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina; the late entertainer’s mother Cissy; her brother Gary and his wife Pat Houston, who was also Whitney’s manager; and the couple’s teen daughter, Rayah.

According to a statement from Lifetime, “The Houston Family Chronicles” will follow “Pat and her husband … as they take on their greatest challenge, supporting and guiding Bobbi Kristina as she faces the world alone, without the one person she relied on the most, her mother.”

Pat Houston added in the statement that she’s been working to develop a project “over the past few years” that would be “suitable for me and my family.”

Whitney Houston’s unexpected death in February, she said, “certainly affects the direction of the show. However, it is my hope that others will be enlightened as they watch our family heal and move forward.”

From the network’s description, it sounds like one primary storyline will focus on Bobbi Kristina’s recuperation after such a heartbreaking loss, with Pat Houston assisting her in finding her way. The statement says Pat will tap CeCe Winans and Dionne Warwick to help her guide Bobbi Kristina as she moves forward with life.

Lifetime’s executive vice president of programming, Rob Sharenow, said that in “The Houston Family Chronicles,” “multi‐generations of the Houston family will bravely reveal their lives as they bond together to heal, love, and grow.”

The series is expected to debut on Lifetime sometime this year.

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