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Bravo's 'Being Bobby Brown' and Whitney Houston...

In this file photo, Whitney Houston looks over

In this file photo, Whitney Houston looks over her shoulder as her husband Bobby Brown looks to her at the premiere of "The Wonderful World of Disney" movie "Cinderella," at Mann's Chinese Theater in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, Whitney Houston, who reigned as pop music's queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, has died, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012. She was 48. (Oct. 13, 1997) Credit: AP

In the crush of coverage, a bit surprising that there hasn't been more attention paid  to Whitney Houston's sole TV credit  "Being Bobby Brown,"  Bravo's 2005 tragic-comic reality series that was supposed to clear up Brown's image (and career) following assault-and-battery charges.

The series was fascinating, as train wrecks can be, introducing the world to Whitney's favorite phrase -- "hell to the no" -- and offered a behind-the-scenes look at a troubled marriage as the cameras rolled. There was some question as to whether Houston -- who had been fiercely protective of her image through the '90s -- would ever consent to this intrusion, but she eventually did. The show was a success for Bravo, which wanted a second season; Houston did not, and so it ended after one.

What the series portrayed was a couple aimlessly drifting around Atlanta, attempting to get their lives back in order, with their children as witnesses. But  it also revealed a Houston that no viewer (or fan) had ever seen or would ever see again on TV. She seemed brooding, ill at ease throughout -- her voice hoarse, or jagged, her eyes behind shades. Here's a representative clip . . . She first appears just over two minutes in. The quality of the clip is inferior, but the show has been lost to time. This is the best I could find.


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