Less than a year after Whitney Houston’s death, her relatives will follow in her footsteps with a reality series titled “The Houstons: On Our Own,” premiering October 24.
The show follows Bobbi Kristina Brown; her beau, Nick Gordon; Whitney’s brother and sister-in-law, Gary and Pat Houston; Pat’s daughter, Rayah and Whitney’s mom, Cissy, as they adjust to life without the iconic singer.
The season, featuring 14, 30-minute episodes, will premiere one week after the one-hour Lifetime special, “Remembering Whitney,” which will feature home videos and interviews with Whitney’s family.
Lifetime isn’t the only network honoring the singer this fall. CBS will tape “We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute to Whitney” in November. Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson and Usher Raymond are among those slated to take the stage in honor of Whitney.
The one-hour CBS tribute, airing Nov. 16, will also feature highlights of Whitney’s career, including “most memorable performances,” never-before-seen footage and interviews with artists who knew her.
There’s no word yet on whether singer R.Kelly will be part of the CBS or Lifetime celebrations, but the crooner found his own way to honor Whitney with the release of a new duet.
R.Kelly blends his voice with Whitney’s on a new version of “I Look to You.” The track will be included on the upcoming compilation CD, I Will Always Love You: The Best of Whitney Houston, coming Nov. 13.
In addition to the TV specials and album, the 196-page coffee-table book, Whitney: Tribute to an Icon, is scheduled for release on Nov. 27.
“You can just see the glow and brilliance of her smile, and you can’t hear the vocals—but you can—because she’s putting everything she has into that moment when she’s being photographed,” Pat Houston said about the book.
As for the new music, Whitney’s longtime friend and mentor, Clive Davis, said it offers a glimpse of the way Whitney’s musical future might have looked.
“Tragically, it shows what her voice could have sounded like if, as she had promised me that week she passed away, that she was going to give up cigarettes entirely,” he said. “The fact that she was not able to deal with the lethal power of drugs is so sad. She was trying so hard to overcome this disease, and she had the hearts of so many hoping and praying for her.”
Hear R.Kelly and Whitney below.
Take a look at the track list for Whitney’s upcoming collection LP.
1. You Give Good Love
2. Saving All My Love For You
3. How Will I Know
4. Greatest Love Of All
5. I Wanna Dance With Somebody
6. Didn’t We Almost Have It All
7. So Emotional
8. Where Do Broken Hearts Go
9. I’m Your Baby Tonight
10. All The Man That I Need
11. I Will Always Love You
12. I’m Every Woman
13. I Have Nothing
15. I Believe In You & Me
16. My Love Is Your Love
17. I Look To You (featuring R.Kelly)
18. Never Give Up
Download the pages of this Whitney Houston keepsake.
—Tracy L. Scott