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Whitney's kin moving on, on Lifetime

It's hard to imagine a major life change, be it marriage or mourning, that couldn't be made a little worse by being experienced on camera for a "reality" show audience.

Whitney's kin moving on, on Lifetime

It’s hard to imagine a major life change, be it marriage or mourning, that couldn’t be made a little worse by being experienced on camera for a "reality" show audience.

But the family of the late Whitney Houston, whose presence in her then-husband’s Bravo show, "Being Bobby Brown," didn’t exactly represent a career highlight, has apparently decided "reality" is the way to go.

Lifetime Friday announced it was picking up 10 hourlong episodes of a show about Houston’s family, tentatively titled, "The Houston Family Chronicles," described as "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."

Though the emphasis will supposedly be on the family dealing with the loss of Bobbi Kristina’s mother, the idea of a show had apparently been around long before Whitney Houston was found dead in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton in February.

 "I have been working … 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," said Pat Houston in a statement released by Lifetime.

 

 "Certainly affects the direction"? Bet it does.

Am I the only one who thinks Lifetime wouldn't have been nearly as  interested in a show about Whitney Houston's sister-in-law (and, OK, manager) this time last year?

 

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