Oh dear: there’s going to be a reality show starring Whitney Houston’s family

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Hey everyone, did you hear the good news? Apparently newly discovered Mayan murals indicate that their civilization counted time well after December 21, 2012, which means you don't have to worry about the world ending this year anymore! I mean, that is a pretty awesome thing not to have to worry about, but on the other hand, it means we will all have to live with the recently announced reality series following the late Whitney Houston's family. (For the record, Houston died only three months ago.)

The show, which was picked up by Lifetime, will follow Houston's brother, Gary, her sister-in-law and former manager, Pat, her niece, Rayah, her daughter, Bobbi Kristina, and her mother, Cissy. (And there's even a promised Dionne Warwick cameo! Which is a shame, because I'd hoped she would have enough sense to avoid this mess. Or at least have a psychic friend who would tell her to stay away.) The series would follow the family as they attempt to move forward in the wake of the pop idol's death and provide guidance for the now motherless Bobbi Kristina.

But before you go thinking this also sounds really ghoulish and exploitative and not at all something you'd want to watch, ever, because just how gross does this make you feel already, Pat Houston wants to assure you this is not the family capitalizing on the singer's death. Because she's been working on this project for years:

Pat Houston said that over the past few years she had been developing an unscripted  project about her and her family with producers Tracey Baker Simmons and Wanda Shelley. “The unexpected passing of Whitney certainly affects the direction of the show,” she said. “However, it is my hope that others will be enlightened as they watch our family heal and move forward.”

Sure. I mean, that doesn't make a ton of sense given the stated focus of the show, but better to have a strong central premise than an ambling collection of day-to-day interludes with no coherent through-line, right? (In this case, wrong.)