The Rumor’s True: Bobbi Kristina, Cissy, Pat, and Gary Houston Are Now Reality TV Stars

May 11, 2012  |  

For once, rumors about the Houston family actually have some truth to them. For a while there was talk that Bobbi Kristina would be starring in a reality TV show but now we know that’s only half of the truth. The show is a family affair and not only will Bobbi Kris be in the new series, so will Cissy, Pat, and Gary Houston.

According to, Lifetime’s Exec. VP just announced that the network has picked up a new docu-series with the working title, “The Houston Family Chronicles,” and here’s what it’s all about:

“It will follow the lives of Pat Houston, Whitney’s sister-in-law and manager, who now manages her estate; Pat’s daughter Rayah; Whitney’s brother Gary; daughter Bobbi Kristina; and mother, Grammy-winning singer Cissy Houston, as they try to pick up the pieces after the pop star’s untimely death. The series will follow Pat and her husband, Gary, as they try to support Whitney’s teenage daughter Bobbi Kristina. In that, Pat enlists the help of her and Whitney’s inner circle, including Grammy-winner Dionne Warwick and gospel legend CeCe Winans.

“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.”

Am I the only one thinking too soon? I’m also surprised Cissy is having anything to do with this but maybe she thinks this is a way to have real control over how her family is depicted, although we all know that’s the understood joke of reality TV. So far, the network has ordered 10 episodes of the show which you can pretty much guarantee will be a hit this close to Whitney’s passing. Pat says that wasn’t the motivation for the show though, claiming that the project had already been in the works for years.

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

Let’s hope this turns out far better than Whitney and  Bobby’s show. What do you think about the family doing this show so soon?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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