It's no secret that the TV business is very opportunistic. If the subject might draw ratings, executives couldn't care less if it's tasteless. Today, Lifetime decided to dredge the gutters of opportunism, and have ordered a new reality series about the family of recently deceased music legend (and tabloid icon) Whitney Houston.
The show will be titled The Houston Family Chronicles, and will follow "those closest to the pop music icon as they try to pick up the pieces after her untimely death." My god, we're really televising the grieving process now aren't we? I weep for society. Family members participating include Whitney's manager/sister-in-law Pat and her husband/Whitney's brother Gary, their daughter Rayah, Whitney's mother Cissy Houston, and of course Whitney and Bobby's Brown's daughter Bobbi Kristina. as she, and I quote, "faces the world alone, without the one person she relied on the most, her mother". Excuse me, I have to go vomit now.
Pat Houston claims that the project was in development before Whitney's death, but I find that hard to believe since it seems to revolve entirely around that tragic event. Maybe it was a possibility before she died, but I doubt it would have ever been picked up if Whitney was still alive. This is Pat's statement on the matter - "I have been working with [producers] Simmons-Shelley over the past few years developing a project suitable for myself and our family,” Pat Houston said in a statement. “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." Sure, and I have a bridge for sale on Craigslist.
Am I wrong? Do any of you actually want to watch this? Or am I correct in thinking that this represents a new low for celebrity reality TV?