There's an old saying that people don't appreciate what they have until it's gone. I'm not sure if that applies in this case, but CBS has announced that they will be cashing in on the recent death of pop icon Whitney Houston with a one-hour special dedicated to her in November.
Entitled We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute To Whitney Houston, the show will celebrate her life, artistry, and most memorable moments with interviews and performances from some of today's top musical acts and personalities. Celine Dion, Usher, and Jennifer Hudson are the first performers to sign on for the special, which will feature highlights of Whitney's career as well as never-before-seen footage and exclusive interviews.
Titled after one of the biggest hits of her career—"I Will Always Love You" from the soundtrack of the 1992 film The Bodyguard—We Will Always Love You is scheduled to be taped on October 11 at Nokia Theater L.A. LIVE and broadcast on November 16 during the traditional November sweeps period. The show is reminiscent of the days when music specials were a staple of sweeps programming, although I'm not sure if they all capitalized on the death of the central personality.
On February 11 of this year, the six-time Grammy Award winner was found dead in her guest room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. Toxicology reports later showed that Houston had accidentally drowned in the bathtub due to the effects of chronic cocaine use and heart disease.
While the special is and should be a celebration of her life and career, I hope there is some heed paid to her lifestyle as a cautionary tale. How do you feel about TV networks airing tributes to the deceased during sweeps month?