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Posted at 01:53 PM ET, 05/11/2012

Lifetime picks up Whitney Houston family reality show


Whitney Houston, who died in February, (MATT SAYLES - AP)
Lifetime has picked up a Whitney Houston family reality series, the cable network announced Friday.

“The Houston Family Chronicles” will be headed by Whitney's sister-in-law, Pat, who was also her manager, rather than her daughter Bobbi Kristina — though Bobbi Kristina will also be included in the show.

The show also will follow Whitney's niece, Rayah, her brother, Gary, and her mother, Cissy.

Ten epsiodes have been ordered and it will premiere this calendar year.

Whitney Houston, who died in February at age 48, once starred in a reality show of her own. Back in 2005, she starred in the truly craptastic “Being Bobby Brown” on Bravo, which followed the marriage of her and then-husband.

And, Whitney’s sister-in-law/manager insisted in Friday’s announcement that another project had been in the works for awhile.

“I have been working with Simmons Shelley over the past few years developing a project suitable for myself and our family,” Pat siad in Lifetime’s release. “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.”

Here’s the full press release:

NEW YORK, NY (May 11, 2012) – Lifetime has picked up “The Houston Family Chronicles” (working title), 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.  The announcement was made today by Rob Sharenow, Executive Vice President, Programming, of Lifetime Networks.

Whitney Houston’s sudden passing left behind a major void felt not only by the world, but also by those who loved her most, her beloved family. “The Houston Family Chronicles” follows those closest to the pop music icon as they try to pick up the pieces after her untimely death.  Pat Houston, Whitney’s sister-in-law, manager and most trusted confidant, manages the business and estate of the beloved singer and her most prized possession, her daughter Bobbi Kristina. The series will follow Pat and her husband, Gary, Whitney Houston’s brother, 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.

A mother to her own teenage daughter, Rayah, Pat understands the difficulty of raising a young woman in a world where social media and peer pressure are the norm. As she tries to guide her own daughter into womanhood, Pat also has the responsibility of raising Bobbi Kristina, who, while trying to move forward with life and make decisions about her future, must also learn to cope with such a devastating loss. With the certainty of a microscopic lens focused on this young woman 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. 

“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 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 added, “I have been working with Simmons Shelley 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.”

Lifetime has ordered ten hour-long episodes of “The Houston Family Chronicles,” which will premiere this year.  Jarrett Creative will produce.  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.

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