The family of the late Whitney Houston
will be appearing in their very own reality series.
The series will be focusing on Whitney’s manager and sister-in-law Pat Houston
as she deals with Whitney’s estate and the raising of Whitney’s daughter Bobbi Kristina
The Houston family will "take on their greatest challenge, supporting and guiding Bobbi Kristina as she faces the world alone, without the one person she relied on most, her mother," said Lifetime’s Rob Sharenow 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."
As noble as the intentions are, it feels a bit unorthodox showcasing a family in mourning so soon after Whitney’s death three months ago.
However, plans for the show are said to have been in negotiations for several years according to Pat.
"The unexpected passing of Whitney certainly affects the direction of the show," she told The Hollywood Reporter, "however, it is my hope that others will be enlightened as they watch our family heal and move forward."
Whitney’s mother, Cissy Houston, told TMZ that she hopes the series will "help with the healing process" by "keeping the family as one."
Cissy has also been keen for the show as she hopes the exposure will help Bobbi’s singing career.
What a coincidence.
The Houston family already has a history in reality TV. Both Whitney and Bobbi were featured in the controversial show Being Bobby Brown, which revealed the tumultuous relationship between Whitney, her then husband Bobby Brown and their drug problems.
Bobby himself is apparently disappointed in his daughter’s involvement with the new show, mainly because she’s refused to appear in his own upcoming reality series.
As serious as the producers have branded the upcoming series, do you feel the Houston family are exploiting Whitney’s memory a bit too soon?