Houston's family to appear in reality show
Whitney Houston has been gone exactly three months, and Friday, her family agreed to star in a reality TV series that will chronicle their grieving process.
The Lifetime show, "The Houston Family Chronicles," will document the lives of Patricia Houston, Whitney's sister-in-law and manager -- who worked out the deal with Lifetime -- and her daughter, Rayah; Houston's brother, Gary; her daughter, Bobbi Kristina; and mother, Cissy. No air date has been set for the 10-part series.
"Whitney Houston's sudden passing left behind a major void felt not only by the world, but also by those who loved her most, her beloved family," the network said, adding the show will follow "those closest to the pop music icon as they try to pick up the pieces after her untimely death."
While noting that Patricia Houston now has the responsibility of raising Bobbi Kristina Brown, the release added, "With the certainty of a microscopic lens focused on this young woman and her every move, Pat, Gary and their tight-knit group of family and friends are committed to seeing that Bobbi Kristina can grow and experience life unscathed."
A microscopic lens didn't do Houston or Bobby Brown much good in the 2005 reality series, "Being Bobby Brown," and perhaps anticipating the "too soon or too tacky" question, Patricia Houston said in a statement, "I have been working with Simmons Shelley over the past few years developing a project suitable for myself and our family. The unexpected passing of Whitney 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."