Lifetime Picks up Docu-Series 'The Houston Family Chronicles'

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May 11th, 2012

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Program to Follow Lives of Family of Late Whitney Houston


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.

  • courtney

    I’m really bothered for some reason by Pat Houston.I could be’s just a feeling.

  • rob60990

    This is just so wrong. I can’t believe the family would agree to this.

  • Melanie

    @rob, I totally agree with you. I thought they would be more private about everything that has happened, but, apparently not.

  • Anna

    Remember that Michael Jackson’s disgusting, opportunistic brothers got themselves on A&E shortly after his death.

  • T.123

    I hope this show will expose Garys drug problems and how he probably started Whitney on drugs. Also he has 2others kids will they be featured.
    This just doesnt seem right
    Really Pat are you that interesting?

  • Jessie


  • The Mike Factor

    I think this is a terrible idea on so many levels. I too get a bad feeling from Pat Houston.

  • Joshman

    This just sounds so disturbing.

  • 3etty3oo

    This project was in motion long b4 Whitney died. Obviously Whitney’s sudden death has changed the dynamics of what the show could/would have been.
    Pat Houston seems like a very loving & caring woman to me, and apparently Whitney felt the same way, as she did leave her daughter with Pat for an extended period of time while she was working out some personal issues she was dealing with @ the time. If Pat was well enough of a mother figure to krissy for Whitney, then who is anyone else to question that mothers decision for her daughter? Cuz everyone knows that if nothing else, she was a loving doting mother, she loved herself some Bobbi Kristina.
    Grief is a process that you must get through as best you can, all the pros advise, “do what is familiar”. Practically Bobbi K’s entire life has been viewed through a camera lens, therefore the direction this family is going is Wholly Familiar to them and possibly exactly what Bobbi Kristina and the Houston family need. Sharing, reminiscing, taking us on their personal journey to healing, will likely be very cathartic for them. I personally feel very blessed that they’re selflessly allowing us, Whitney’s adoring fans, to somewhat experience this process with them.

    So, from the bottom of my heart…Thank You, Houston Family!!!!!!!!!

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