Lifetime has announced an upcoming reality series about Whitney Houston's surviving family members as "they try to pick up the pieces after her untimely death." Ten episodes have been commissioned so far.
The Houston Family Chronicles will revolve around Houston's 19-year-old daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown, her mother Cissy Houston, her brother Gary and his wife (Whitney's manager) Pat Houston. According to Lifetime's press release, this reality show will mostly deal with Gary and Pat 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.” It goes on to say, "The multi-generations of the Houston family will bravely reveal their lives as they bond together to heal, love and grow.”
Pat Houston said in a statement that she was in talks to create a reality series even before her sister-in-law passed, but acknowledged, “The unexpected passing of Whitney certainly affects the direction of the show."
Does this leave a weird taste in anyone's mouth? Obviously, if the Houston family is involved, they mustn't feel the show is going to be exploitative. But is it too soon?
Separate from that question, do you think people will tune in to watch it? After all, the A&E series The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty—which was expanded from a one-off special to a full series after Michael Jackson's death—only produced six episodes before going on indefinite hiatus.