Lifetime has picked up The Houston Family Chronicles, an all-new docu-series that will follow the lives of the late Whitney Houston’s family, led by Pat Houston, Whitney’s sister-in-law and manager, and including Pat’s daughter Rayah, Whitney’s brother Gary, daughter Bobbi Kristina and mother, Grammy Award-winning singer Cissy Houston.
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Scheduled to air later this year, the network has ordered ten hour-long episodes of the series.
The show appears to center on the family dealing with the fallout of Whitney Houston's death. In a statement released by Lifetime, it's explained that "With the certainty of a microscopic lens focused on this young woman (Bobbi Kristina) 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 true believer in the bond that women share called sisterhood, and a self proclaimed “woman’s woman,” Pat enlists the help of her and Whitney’s inner circle, including Grammy Award winner Dionne Warwick and Gospel legend CeCe Winans, to assist her in such difficult times."
While we're all in favor of the family closing ranks to guide and support Bobbi-Kristina, is it really helpful for the family to put their own microscopic lens on this girl and her grieving process and then share it with the world?
Rob Sharenow (Executive Vice President, Programming, of Lifetime Networks) says, “The tragic loss of Whitney Houston left a void in the hearts of people all over the world, but certainly none more so than her beloved family. In this series, the multi-generations of the Houston family will bravely reveal their lives as they bond together to heal, love, and grow.”
Who knows, maybe it'll be therapeutic, but it also feels rather exploitative. That being said, if Bobbi Kristina (who is a legal adult) is on board, it's hard to fault her.
Still, it kinda reeks of cashing in on someone's death, no?
What do you think, Instincters?