Whitney Houston's Family To Star On Reality Show

14 May 2012
A new reality series featuring the family of late pop superstar Whitney Houston will premiere on Lifetime later this year.

Titled "The Houston Family Chronicles," the show will feature Houston's daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, and mother Cissy Houston, though the focus will be on "The Bodyguard" superstar's brother Gary Houston and sister-in-law and manager Pat Houston, as well as their daughter, Rayah.

Houston's cousin Dionne Warwick and Bobbie Kristina's godmother, gospel legend CeCe Winans, will also appear in the series.

According to Lifetime, the reality show will focus on Pat and Gary "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."

Whitney Houston died on February 11 of this year at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The L.A. County coroner ruled that accidental drowning was the official cause of Houston's death, adding that cocaine use and heart disease were contributing factors. The report indicated traces of cocaine were found in Houston's system at the time of death along with Xanax, Flexeril, marijuana and Benadryl, though officials said these substances played no role in her untimely passing.

"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," Rob Sharenow, executive vice president of programming at Lifetime Networks, said in a statement. "In this series, the multi-generations of the Houston family will bravely reveal their lives as they bond together to heal, love, and grow."

Lifetime has ordered 10 hour-long episodes of "The Houston Family Chronicles" and will premiere the show at a yet-undetermined time later this year. According to Pat Houston, the show had been in the works well before Whitney's death.

"I have been working with Simmons-Shelley [production company] over the past few years developing a project suitable for myself and our family," Pat Houston said. "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."

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