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Whitney Houston’s family to star in Lifetime docuseries

The Houston Family Chronicles will feature the late singer's sister-in-law Pat as well as brother Gary, daughter Bobbi Kristina and mother, Cissy Houston, as they attempt to heal following the death of the music icon.
May 11, 2012

The family of late pop music icon Whitney Houston will feature in an upcoming docuseries airing on U.S. cable net Lifetime.

The Houston Family Chronicles will follow daughter Bobbi Kristina, sister-in-law and manager Pat Houston and her daughter Rayah, as well as the singer’s brother (and Pat’s husband) Gary, and mother, Cissy Houston, as they attempt to move forward following the death of the legendary performer.

“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,” said Lifetime Networks EVP of programming, Rob Sharenow. “In this series, the multi-generations of the Houston family will bravely reveal their lives as they bond together to heal, love, and grow.”

Pat Houston said via a statement that she had been working with production studio Simmons Shelley over the past few years to develop a television project “suitable for myself and our family.”

“The unexpected passing of Whitney certainly affects the direction of the show,” she added. “However, it is my hope that others will be enlightened as they watch our family heal and move forward.”

Lifetime has ordered 10 episodes of the Jarrett Creative-produced series and has slated it to premiere this year. Julie Insogna-Jarrett, Seth Jarrett, Tracey Baker Simmons, Wanda Shelley and Pat Houston will serve as executive producers with Lifetime’s Rob Sharenow, Gena McCarthy and Noah Pollack.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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