So tonight was the series premiere of “The Houston’s: On Our Own” on Lifetime. Many people debated whether or not it was too soon to have a reality show about the grieving family of the late Whitney Houston. One thing is for sure; there is definitely going to be a lot of drama.
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I decided to watch this show out of love for Whitney Houston and of course curiosity. Tuning in I was surprised to see the show focusing on Pat Houston, Whitney’s sister-in-law and manager, and not Bobbi Kristina Brown, her daughter. Bobbi Kristina does play a major role in the show, alongside her boyfriend Nick Gordon. The other members of the show are Pat’s husband and Whitney’s older brother Gary, his and Pat’s daughter Rayah, and Whitney’s mother Cissy.
In the first two episodes, it is very clear the family does not approve of Bobbi Kristina and Nick’s relationship. Although the couple explained that they were never related, through blood nor adoption, no one seems to be on their side. After hearing their explanation of the relationship, I found it easier to accept, but Bobbi Kristina’s dependence on her boyfriend is a little disturbing. The fact that they’re “engaged” with the ring Whitney gave her is ridiculous. However, her being a grieving daughter makes it understandable. She leans on him since she feels that he is the only one who fully relates to her. Pat is shown throughout both episodes constantly keeping tabs on Bobbi Kristina and trying to guide her. She can be overbearing at times, but her heart is in the right place. At a dinner Pat organized, nineteen year old Bobbi Kristina is shown arguably drunk, slurring her speech and dropping things. As a young girl who just lost her mother, she seems lost. Her grandmother, Cissy Houston, tried to reach out as well and we see her comical side as she said, “I still have a little something something,” referring to dating (which may I add was TMI lol). The Houston family isn’t perfect with dealing with the death of Whitney, but they appear to be trying to stay together to get through it.
The golden question is: will this show be successful? I think people will watch, but I’m not sure if it will be renewed for a second season. Firstly, it doesn’t seem like Miss Cissy would be interested in doing another one or even Bobbi Kristina for that matter. Also, not enough buzz was created around the show and many fans feel that Whitney’s death is being exploited for money. I’ll continue to watch to see the drama unfold and although Bobbi Kristina is kind of a hot mess, she is entertaining. Does anyone else wish re-runs of “Being Bobby Brown” would play right after? I’m just saying.
Rest in peace Whitney, you are definitely still missed.