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Whitney Houston's family to appear in Lifetime docu-series

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05/11/2012 by Olivia Allin

Whitney Houston's family will appear in a ten-episode Lifetime docu-series, the network announced on Friday.

The series, which has the working title of "The Houston Family Chronicles," will follow the singer's mother Cissy Houston, daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown, sister-in-law and manager Pat Houston, her brother Gary and their daughter Rayah.

"The tragic loss of Whitney Houston left a void in the hearts of people all over the world, but certainly none more so than her beloved family," Rob Sharenow, Executive Vice President of Programming of Lifetime Networks said in a statement on May 11. "In this series, the multi-generations of the Houston family will bravely reveal their lives as they bond together to heal, love, and grow."

The network ordered ten hour-long episodes of "The Houston Family Chronicles," which will premiere later this year. Pat Houston, who is now raising both her daughter Rayah and Bobbi Kristina, had been working on a creating series with Lifetime for several years. The series will focus on Pat Houston as she manages Whitney's estate and navigates motherhood, helping Bobbi Kristina overcome the tragic loss of her mother, with the help of friends like Grammy Award winner Dionne Warwick and Gospel legend CeCe Winans.

"I have been working with 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."

Houston died in February in a Los Angeles hotel at age 48. She was found in a bathtub and her death was ruled an accidental drowning, spurred by cocaine use and a pre-existing heart condition.

In March, Bobbi Kristina gave her first interview after her mother's death, with Oprah Winfrey on the media mogul's struggling network, OWN. The special drew 3.5 million viewers.

Bobbi Kristina has already made a move towards show business. The 19-year-old daughter of Whitney and Bobby Brown recently signed on for a recurring role on Tyler Perry's TBS comedy, "For Better or Worse."

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