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‘The Houstons: On Our Own’ debuts Oct. 24 on Lifetime at 9 p.m.

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Eight months after Whitney Houston’s tragic death at the Beverly Hilton on the eve of the Grammy Awards, Lifetime tonight is introducing a show focused on the Houston family members as they grapple with her death.

In an interview from her home in Alpharetta, sister-in-law and Whitney’s manager Patricia Houston, an executive producer of ‘The Houstons: On Our Own,” deflected criticism that the show exploits Whitney’s death for their gain. She said the family has tried several reality shows over the years but nothing had gotten to air – until this one.

Then again, the only reason this series exists is because Whitney is dead, similar to the short-lived A&E series in 2009 about the Jackson brothers after Michael died that lasted only six episodes.

“Cameras have been on us for many years,” Patricia said. “We’re a strong family…The public knows about us. It’s nothing new, nothing new at all. It just shows what the Houstons are all about. The family continues to spend life on their own even after the passing of Whitney. If there are unanswered questions about the family, you’ll see who we are, the people she was around. You’ll see our interests. She was the icon of the family but other family members had their own respective careers outside of music.”

Ultimately, she said, “I think what Whitney would want is for all of us to honor her in her passing and continue to build her legacy and take care of her daughter. That’s what I intend to do. Navigate this young woman and help her with life management skills as I would any young woman.”

That 19-year-old daughter, Bobbi Kristina, has been a major focus of the tabloids since her mother’s death. And she’s the most electric presence on the reality show itself, based on the first episode, which I’ve screened.

The series begins during Mother’s Day weekend, about three months after Houston died. The family visits Whitney’s mother in New Jersey and they go to see Houston’s gravesite.

We also meet Nick Gordon, a family friend, who Whitney took in while he was in high school. But he is annoyed that the tabloids twisted their relationship around. “I was never adopted, nor was I her brother,” he said. “We just care about each other.”

“We were best friends a long time ago and now I’m in love with him,’ she said. “It’s not incest. You can take my word for it.”

Bobbi Kristina was close to Whitney so she is truly grieving: “I have to learn to live life without her,” she told Patricia.

“I have to prove to the world that I’m my own person,” she later told the cameras, including pursuing her own music career.

Later, you find out whether Nick and Bobbi Kristina (who is nicknamed Krissy) get engaged and what Patricia’s reaction is. Plus, Patricia worries about Bobbi Kristina’s drinking, a problem her mother had.

Lifetime will air 14 episodes, two a week, over seven weeks.

I wanted to ask her a question about the financial state of Whitney’s estate but the publicist said we were out of time and I couldn’t get that last question in.


“The Houstons: On Our Own”

9 p.m., Wednesdays, Lifetime

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October 24th, 2012
9:25 am

I guess this proves that there’s no tragedy so great that it can’t be taken advantage of to make a buck.

Mercedes S.

October 24th, 2012
9:38 am

“Grapple with her death” – many more grapplers have figured out how to make money out of their dead relatives (Elvis and Michael Jackson are prbably the most succesful dead stars)… others?


October 24th, 2012
9:47 am


1st mate

October 24th, 2012
10:33 am

I say, go for it. Pricilla did it, and she turned a washed up druggie’s career into a money maker. So why can’t they do that for Whitney? It always seems when black people do something, it is a problem, but when whites do it, it’s ok.. jus say’n..

Lil Birdie

October 24th, 2012
10:55 am

In Krissi’s own words, “too soon dammit”.

Mercedes S.

October 24th, 2012
11:26 am

Just for the record: I voted NO but it didn’t register.


October 24th, 2012
11:47 am

RE: The Cast of This Show


Meet Wreck.


October 24th, 2012
11:53 am


Please meet Train.

Drops of Jupiter in My Head…


October 24th, 2012
12:03 pm

I think that sister-in-law is exploiting the entire family to make a buck. She’s seems very conniving and I was glad when Barbara Walters called her out yesteday. Did anyone ever consider pushing Krissie to go to college and get out of the limelight. Of course not…she’s the latest gravy rain. Pat’s pushing her own daughter into the limelight. People who do you think sold the picture of Whitney in the coffin to the tabloids. It wasn’t someone at the funeral home…it was a member of that famiily…Pat!!!


October 24th, 2012
12:04 pm

“gravy train”

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

October 24th, 2012
12:31 pm

The very last thing that is needed by Whitney’s family is to do a reality TV show. They should have learned from the previous train wreck reality show “Being Bobby Brown” and how the family was portrayed that they need to just chill out and stay away from reality TV.

Other than Whitney’s Mom, Cissy Houston, none of these other family members and the fringe folks have done anything of significance.

Hopefully the ratings will be so bad that the show will be cancelled soon. DON’T WATCH IT PLEASE!!!!


October 24th, 2012
1:36 pm

Bump all ya’ll…I cannot wait to see it!

Cheryl Anderson

October 24th, 2012
1:48 pm

I’ve loved Whitney,her mom and child,forever.However,I can’t really see how a show about her(,and she’s not in it),will really help all involved,or those like myself who miss her.Not hating.I hope that the show will help them or is successful for whomever needs it to be.(IF IT”S SINCERE).


October 24th, 2012
3:28 pm

holy cow ….. i saw the clips and they show and said how bobbi is at 19 drinking alot . this family is a mess . on our own ? I guess Whitney died so they no longer have anything to sponge off of . And where did the godson come from ?


October 24th, 2012
3:29 pm

They really should just let Whitney Houston rest in peace and remember her from the amazing superstar with a God giving voice…….she suffered enough when she was here from her demons….she doesn’t need to be exploited anymore…..her family should know that….


October 24th, 2012
4:01 pm

btw bobbi your 19 and were drinking with your mom poolside bar on up to the day before she died . drinking age california 21 , georgia 21 . think about it


October 24th, 2012
4:10 pm

The day Whitney had a baby with Bobby Brown life was a mess for her and Krissi. Next train wreck in Pat Houston pretending to do a manager.
I saw who Pat was when she had her daughter playing the piano on Oprah.
Nice little girl, but the song was horrible and so is Pat. Stopping pimping your daughter and Krissi..
By the way.. Is there a reason these children are not in college.? Did Krissi even finish high school???????????

Bobby Brown: Bathroom Helper

October 24th, 2012
8:35 pm

Will Bobbi Kristina’s boyfriend help her defecate the way Bobby Brown helped Whitney WITH HIS BARE HANDZ on their earlier reality show?


October 24th, 2012
9:35 pm

what confused me is that Pat and the rest of the family is acting like they didn’t know Bobbi Kris and drinks and smokes. She did these things with her parents, and if Pat was Whitney’s manager she knows first hand. So why is she acting so appalled now!!!


October 24th, 2012
9:43 pm

The whole family seems to be snowed by Pat….the opportunist!!!!


October 24th, 2012
10:13 pm

Kris was drunk the entire show . Pat forget about her own daughter . she does not appear to be sincere . so now she is ready to leave her family and go away with Kris. she wants attention , fame and money by using Kris


October 24th, 2012
10:13 pm

Kris was drunk the entire show . Pat forget about her own daughter . she does not appear to be sincere . so now she is ready to leave her family and go away with Kris. she wants attention , fame and money by using Kris


October 24th, 2012
10:33 pm

It is so sad to see the things that people will do for money. Chrissy is obviously under the influence and hasnt fully learned to cope with her mothers death. Im not quite sure how adding a reality TV show to the mix is very therapeutic. That family should be ashamed of theirself for making something so private now so public. Viewers will tune in just to watch Chrissy spiral out of control. Who does this to their loved ones…..get it together Houston family…but do it in the privacy of your own home!


October 24th, 2012
11:51 pm


jimmy goodyear

October 25th, 2012
12:12 am

I love this show ! I hope Bobbi Christina family convince her to enroll at Bennett College (HBCU) so she can earned her bachelor degree in finance.This way she can handled her lovely mother millions well. Since Bennett is all women college ( no nick) she can focus on her studies. As for Nick,Send him to Fisk University (HBCU). This will be a great place for him to get an education and grow on his own. I love Cissy too. Keep watching everybody!!!!!!!!! God Bless them all.

Jane Carol

October 25th, 2012
12:52 am

Dude what get a clue lady in purple she does not want your phony help . Lay off the boy friend you seem to be more of a problem!!!

Linda P.

October 25th, 2012
1:43 am

Out of curiosity, I watched this train wreck, but never will again. How dare Pat, complain how the public is so involved in the Houston family. Why the hell do this show then. Leave this young women, Chrissy, alone and encourage an education. I feel sorry for grandma Cissy. She is being railroaded by Pat. It’s all about money isnt it. This show is in now way a tribute to Whitney. I hate it and will not be watching again. BAD TV


October 25th, 2012
2:32 am

Can we say RACIST about Gary & his “It better not b a white boy” comment when he was talking to his daughter.

Linda P.

October 25th, 2012
2:58 am

Are you kidding me? “Better not be a white boy”? Shame on Pat and Her side of the family. Seems like all Pats cousins are involved in this show and Pat is more focused on Krissy than her own daughter. So hate this show, no more for me. Pls pull this show off the air.


October 25th, 2012
6:15 am

Whitney and Bobby couldn’t control Bobbi K.Although The National Inquirer is questionable they have been dead on about Bobbi K. The drinking, drugs, cutting herself, pulling a gun on Whitney. Bobbi K. Learned about destruction ever since she was little look at what she was exposed to…parents on drugs, the drinking, arguing on top of that fame and money.Pat had no control over Whitney and she sure as heckdont have it over Bobbi someone said why is Pat acting like Bobbi K behavior is brand new? Her grief is new, but why not exploit that and I loved how Barbralters got at Pat. Pat is too soft spoke and mild mannered. to have control. We know how loud and hood Whitney was Pat was and continues to be an enabler.

Hattie Irving

October 25th, 2012
7:46 am

I don’t think Whitney would want this for her daughter at this present time after watching the show last night it is still to early for Bobbi Kristina, and Cissy. Pat needs to get off her lying broke horse. She did this for money. She is not a star and neither is her daughter. This is a i got to have some money so why not take advantage of Whitney death. Because know one knew Pat. Get a Life Pat.


October 25th, 2012
9:28 am

I think Pat and Kristina boy friend is trying to get rich.


October 25th, 2012
9:41 am

Calling Dr. Phil…Dr. Drew…Judge Judy…Judge Mablean…Judge Mathis..Betty Ford and nem…

Pat…get yo life and raise yo own child
Krissy…grow up
Nick…knock it off…you don’t even like her like that
Gary..grow a set and kick Nicks behind
Cissy…for real
Again Pat…we see what “great” care you took of Whitney…leave krissy alone
Oprah…where you at?? oh yeah cashin’ them checks from that ratchet interview with them you did
Tyler…where you at?? oh yeah cashin’ them checks from those high ratings after having her appear on your sitcoms

**dropping the mic** exit stage left…i’m done


October 25th, 2012
9:58 am

OMG. I actually liked the show, but I do agree that the sister-in-law is exploiting the family.I couldn’t believe that the brother told his own daughter “It better not be a white boy” hell she isn’t even cute, just be glad when someone likes her(UGHHH). Hope Bobbi Christina gets help, she seemed so faded on the show(like a zombie). Holding on to Nick, is not a good look.

Watchful New Jerseyan

October 25th, 2012
2:01 pm

This is all we need – another boring reality TV show that lacks talent, depth and is not entertaining at all. The Houstons plus One (Bobbie) have to know it will not last long. In order to survive today’s TV market the show must offer something very special or unique in order to engage an audience. The Houston on Our Own (plus One – Bobbie) should mean that they are all going out and getting jobs and stop trying to ride on the “Whitney” train.
Cissy, Pat and Gary Houston all need to find real employment and allow Whitney’s memories to go untouched by some more of the “HOUSTONS’ dirty laundry. The three of them need to knock the dust off their Social Security cards and find gainful employment. A note to Cissy: Please do not order up any more studio time for another gospel album. Your voice has left your body! Move on please!
Bobbi needs direction for the first time in her life. She is one screw up kid and my heart goes out to her! She cannot be held accountable for what she has not been taught. Whitney could sing and she was had a golden personality. I knew her personally. The reality is that she was one lousy parent just as mess up as Bobby Brown. The two spoiled Bobbi and never raised her because they were not raised right themselves.
Bobbi cannot sing so let’s move pass all of this and stop pushing her to pick up and carry on from where Whitney left off. Face it! Bobbi did not inherit the musical talents that Whitney or Bobby Brown inherited. She seemed high in many of the scenes, so my guess is she learned how to get high through living around her parents. Stop lying to Bobbie about her musically talent. She has none! Clive Davie would not allow Bobbi to get away if she had musical talent. No one is busting her doors down about getting into the recording studios. If she had talent, she would have been signed by now – Whitney’s daughter. Come on! A gold mind if only she had musical talent.
I loved Whitney as I do Bobbi.
I am going to pray hard for this family because they “all” need some serious help as well as “real” jobs.

neia blossom

October 25th, 2012
2:30 pm

I watched this show yesterday it was so sad. Bobbi christina needs grief counseling and possibly rehab she doesn’t need to be exposed in a reality show. I hope her family can see how much trouble this young lady is in instead of trying to make money on the Houston name TAKE care of Whitney’s prized posseession and that is her daughter, SHAME ON YOU ALL!!!!!! don’t let this young lady end up like her mother DO SOMETHING.


October 25th, 2012
2:31 pm

I saw the show and I too was disgusted by all parties involved. Her aunt is not concerned for her niece. For many years Whitney has been in and out of drugs situation as well as Bobby Brown and nothing was done to them. Their fame was dismissed teir ations. CPS once got involved and nothing came out of it. This family only cares about making money off of Whitney. NEWS flash Whitney owed alot in debts… This is what she left hr daughrter. The same monrning of the airing of the show Bobby Brown got arrested for drunk driving. Get help tough love put her in reab…. If they really care about this young lady do things privately. This new boyfriend of hers just want the limeliight as well why he is different from what they are doing they ar exploiting the death of WHITNEY…… The show wont last so hey stop wasting money. And yes Bobbi Christina cannot sing nor act I have seen the show on TBS Tyler Perry must of felt bad for Bobbi Christina to gve her a guest part on his show she is terrible.


October 25th, 2012
2:58 pm



October 25th, 2012
5:32 pm

These people are stupid.
I am a black woman and I thought it was racist for Gary to say “He better not be white” If a white man said “He better not be black.. black folks would be raised sand today.
Pat Houston.. you are a real trick girl.. you are pimping your daughter and Krissi… This is not going to last.


October 25th, 2012
6:26 pm

I can’t lie; I do want to watch because I love Whitney so and part of me smiles because her presence is somewhat in the show. As far as Bobbi Kristina she is 19 yr old and will make mistakes along the way up thru her 20s and onward ..I remember being 19 and drunk but I finished college went on to obtain my MBA. I hate the fact that its all aired on TV. I do think its best for this show not to air and we should read the book that comes out in Feb written my Sissy her month. As far as Pat goes she is in a rock and a hard place its hard to raise a child and even harder when the child isnt yours. Many blessing to this family and god bless Whitney dear soul; in the end its best if this isnt aired. But we her beloved fans still wait and always will for Whitney :-(


October 26th, 2012
9:06 am

The Houston family cannot say that they have a problem controlling Bobby-Kristina while the world watches and then put her on a reality show for the world to watch. I cannot believe that given what happened to her daughter Whitney, Cissy Houston would appear on a reality show about her granddaughter. I am a 55 year old mother of three great boys (no grandchildren yet) shame on you Cissy. The money is not worth the price to your family. I will never watch the show again. Best of luck to you Bobby-Kristina.


October 26th, 2012
6:13 pm

I tried to watch the show but it is a bust. The so called loving aunt is after money only and yes she is the one who sold those photos of Whitney inf the casket at the funeral home. The question is if she was so loving and caring where was she when Whitney kept calling the day she died out getting her more drugs? Krissi is a just who she is a drunk and spoiled child in the mind that grew up to fast.


October 27th, 2012
8:29 pm

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October 28th, 2012
1:03 pm

Watched it for the first time today. Won’t be watching it again. The aunt is spending too much time trying to change an adult woman who is obviously on drugs. Take care of your own daughter. Also, why is it ok for a black person (the uncle) to say racist things on TV and get away with it? (he betta not be white, he betta not be white, he betta not be white!) It’s a sorry excuse for a show.


October 29th, 2012
1:01 am

Very Sad! Bobby Kristina is on a path to end up the same way her mother did and instead of trying to help this girl she is being completely exploited. I am disgusted by Gary Houston’s RACIST comments how dare he! I feel sorry for Cissy Houston but there is NO excuse to disgrace Whitney’s memory with this tactless show if it were my family I would have no part in it. Put your greed aside Houston family and show Bobby K that you love her and HELP her get some help she clearly needs it.