Category: Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina cast in Tyler Perry TBS sitcom

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Bobbi Kristina Brown, the 19-year-old daughter of recently deceased singer Whitney Houston, has been cast in a recurring role on Tyler Perry's TBS sitcom, "For Better or Worse."

A representative for Perry confirmed the casting but provided no other details about the role or when Bobbi Kristina, whose father is singer Bobby Brown, would appear on the series, which revolves around a married couple played by Michael Jai White and Tasha Smith. The comedy, which debuted last year, is based on characters introduced in Perry's film "Why Did I Get Married?"

Bobbi Kristina, who apparently has no professional acting experience, was interviewed last month by Oprah Winfrey on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network.

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Photo: Bobbi Kristina, left, daughter of Whitney Houston, is interviewed by Oprah Winfrey on "Oprah's Next Chapter." Credit: Harpo Inc. / Associated Press

 

OWN gets record ratings with Whitney Houston family interview

Oprah Winfrey's interview with the late Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina and her family scored the highest ratings yet for OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network
OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network has not had much to brag about in its first year of programming, with a stream of management upheavals and lackluster ratings.

But the network scored a major victory Sunday, attracting its highest-rated telecast ever with Winfrey's interview of the late Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina and her family on "Oprah's Next Chapter."

The episode was watched by 3.5 million total viewers. The previous high for the network was the Jan. 8 installment of "Oprah's Next Chapter" that featured an interview with pastor Joel Osteen.

In the interview, Bobbi Kristina told Oprah that she's still dealing with the grief while living at her mother's home near Atlanta, Georgia. "Sometimes, it's so surreal. I still walk into the house like, 'Mom?'" she said. "But I've accepted it.'"

The teenager also revealed that she slept over with her mother the night before she died. "I slept in her arms all day, all night long," Brown said.

In addition to Brown, Oprah also interviewed Houston family members Pat, the singer's sister-in-law and manager and Gary Houston, the singer's brother.

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Photo: Oprah Winfrey, left, talks with Bobbi Kristina, the daughter of late singer Whitney Houston, on "Oprah's Next Chapter." Credit: Harpo Inc. / Associated Press

Whitney Houston remembered on TV

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TV networks and cable channels are scheduling a variety of programs to mark the death of Whitney Houston.

SATURDAY

Whitney Houston Funeral Services Saturday 9 a.m. The funeral will be covered as breaking news on several channels including BET; CNN; Fox News, HLN and MSNBC.

“Whitney Houston's Greatest Moments” 5 p.m. VH1 

“Whitney Houston: An Icon Remembered” 6 p.m. TV Guide: A reflection on the late singer's life and career from her biggest moments to her impact on the world of music.

Bet Remembers Whitney” Saturday 7 and 10 p.m. BET: A deeply personal and heartfelt look at one of music’s most beloved and renowned artists. 

PHOTOS: Whitney Houston, 1963-2012

Movie: “The Bodyguard” ** (1992) 8 p.m. Lifetime: (R) Kevin Costner, Whitney Houston. An ex-Secret Service agent falls for his client, an actress/singer someone wants dead before the Academy Awards.

“Biography” 11 p.m. Lifetime: Whitney Houston. 

SUNDAY

“Whitney Houston: An Icon Remembered” 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. TV Guide: A reflection on the late singer's life and career from her biggest moments to her impact on the world of music.

“CNN Presents” 5, 8 and 11 p.m. CNN: A look at the life and death of Whitney Houston. (N)

FULL COVERAGE: Whitney Houston's death

Movie: “The Bodyguard” ** (1992) 5 p.m. Lifetime: (R) Kevin Costner, Whitney Houston. An ex-Secret Service agent falls for his client, an actress/singer someone wants dead before the Academy Awards. 

“Whitney Houston's Greatest Moments” 6:30 p.m. VH1 

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Where to watch her funeral

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Photo: Whitney Houston acknowledges cheers from the audience during a performance at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Monday, April 10, 2000. Credit: Mark J.Terrill / AP

Whitney Houston: Where to watch her funeral

Click here to see more photos. Where to watch Whitney Houston's funeral? Houston will be laid to rest Saturday near her hometown of Newark, N.J. The funeral is invitation-only but Houston's family has not forgotten her fans who wish to pay their respects as well.

The service begins at noon Eastern time (9 a.m. PST) and will be streamed live on the Internet.

BET and sister network Centric will cover the funeral during its special "Live: The Homegoing of Whitney Houston,” starting at 8:30 a.m. Pacific.

 PHOTOS: Whitney Houston, 1963-2012

E! will broadcast live and online without interruptions from inside the church. CNN will broadcast and stream the event on its website beginning at 8 a.m. Pacific.

Fans can also watch Fox News, HLN and MSNBC for live coverage. Here's a complete rundown of the listings.

Rev. Joe A. Carter, New Hope Baptist's pastor, is scheduled to officiate. Grammy-winning gospel singer Marvin Winans, who is also a pastor, will deliver the eulogy.

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Among those invited are Bobby Brown, Houston’s ex-husband and the father of her only child, daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown; Kevin Costner, her “Bodyguard” costar; cousin Dionne Warwick; Ray J; Brandy; Alicia Keys; Tyler Perry; and CeCe Winans, Bobbi Kristina's godmother.

Houston’s godmother, Aretha Franklin, and Stevie Wonder are expected to sing tributes, and her longtime mentor and producer, Clive Davis, will speak. (Update: CNN is reporting that Franklin is ill and will be unable to sing.)

Houston died Feb. 11 in Beverly Hills at age 48. She will be buried at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, N.J., where her father was interred, according to her death certificate.

Los Angeles County coroner's officials have said determining a cause of death for Houston could take some time since toxicology results are not expected to be completed for weeks.

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Photo: A woman reads messages at a memorial for Whitney Houston set up outside the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J. Credit: Don Emmert / AFP / Getty Images

Friday's TV Highlights: 'Spartacus: Vengeance' on Starz

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Spartacus: Vengeance

SPARTACUS
(Liam McIntyre) leads the survivors through the woods in a new episode of “Spartacus: Vengeance” at 10 p.m. on Starz.

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Visiting…With Huell Howser: This episode takes a step back in time with a collection of favorite Videolog segments from the 1980s featuring a young-looking Howser (7:30 p.m. KCET).

Kitchen Nightmares: In this new episode, chef Gordon Ramsay works with the owners of an Italian bistro in La Verne, suffering from lackluster service, an uninspired menu and outdated decor (8 p.m. Fox).

20/20: This new episode of the news magazine series profiles Whitney Houston, provides new details about Whitney's final days and features an interview with Diane Sawyer conducted with the singer 10 years ago (9 p.m. ABC).

Michael Feinstein's American Songbook: The season finale of the musical history series looks at nightclub entertainment (9 p.m. KOCE).

The Life & Times of Tim: Omnicorp asks Tim to apologize for them publicly after they are responsible for an ecological disaster in the season finale (9 p.m. HBO).

Merlin: The treacherous Agravaine (Nathaniel Parker) tells Arthur (Bradley James) he believes court physician Gius (Richard Wilson) has fled Camelot under suspicion of dark sorcery in this new episode (10 p.m. Syfy).

100 Greatest Women in Music: The countdown concludes with the top 20 (10 p.m. VH1).

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Whitney Houston's funeral: Where to watch it

New Hope Baptist Church, the site of Whitney Houston's funeral

Saturday will be a day to remember Whitney Houston. The pop singer's invitation-only funeral will be held in her hometown of Newark, N.J., and she'll be laid to rest in nearby Westfield, N.J.

But that doesn't mean the singer's fans have been forgotten. Those who wish to pay their respects will be able to remotely witness the events.

According to Houston's publicist, the singer's funeral, to be held at the New Hope Baptist Church, the place she began her singing career as a child, will be streamed live on the Internet. The Associated Press will be allowed a single camera in the church and will broadcast the service, which begins at noon Eastern time.

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The funeral will be officiated by New Hope Baptist's pastor, Rev. Joe A. Carter, with a eulogy delivered by pastor and Grammy-winning gospel singer Marvin Winans. CNN reported Aretha Franklin, Houston's godmother, also had been invited to sing at the funeral.

Among the other confirmed attendees: Chaka Kahn, songwriter Diane Warren, Rev. Jesse Jackson, singer Darlene Love, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Antonio "L.A." Reid, Ray J and Brandy.

The live stream will also be available via satellite for the TV networks. CNN will carry live remembrances of the singer starting at 11 a.m. ET on Saturday with Piers Morgan, Soledad O'Brien and Don Lemon.

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Photo: New Hope Baptist Church, the site of Whitney Houston's funeral set for Saturday in Newark, N.J. Credit: JMP / Abaca Press / MCT

Whitney Houston: Nancy Grace speculates wildly on singer's death

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HLN host Nancy Grace appeared on sister network CNN on Monday to discuss the death of pop star Whitney Houston. But her commentary quickly turned into wild speculation, causing CNN's more serious-minded anchors to hurry in to control viewer reactions.

While speaking to CNN's Brooke Baldwin, Grace admitted that the cause of Houston's death had not been determined, but she quickly began spinning out the possible future of the investigation, drawing parallels to Anna Nicole Smith and Michael Jackson.

"I'd like to know who was around her," Grace said. "Who, if anyone, gave her drugs following alcohol and drugs. And who let her slip, or pushed her, underneath that water?"

Though police revealed that Houston was found submerged in her bathtub and have conducted an autopsy, they have not released a cause of death. But they have begun investigating the prescription medicines found in her room. However, an investigation does not mean a conclusion, and Grace's speculations appeared to jump ahead in time.

"Apparently, no signs of force or trauma to the body," Grace continued. "Who let Whitney Houston go under her water?"

In an attempt to keep the discussion grounded in reality, Baldwin responded, "All excellent questions. Again, we don't know the cause of her death."

After the segment, CNN news anchor Don Lemon appeared on camera to conduct damage control. He told viewers that any discussion of Houston's prescription drugs contributing to her death should not be taken as fact. "This is not CNN's reporting," he said. "We don't know that to be true."

Grace has long held an unconventional role as a commentator on legal affairs. During the Casey Anthony trial, she campaigned nightly for Anthony's conviction. And after Anthony was acquitted, she railed against the jurors and defense attorneys. She did the same during the trial of physician Conrad Murray.

It appears, with the death of Whitney Houston, Nancy Grace has a new cause.

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Photo: Whitney Houston on "Good Morning America" in 2009. Credit: Evan Agostini / Associated Press

Whitney Houston remembered on TV

Whitney Houston Remembered
 TV networks and cable channels are scheduling a variety of programs to mark the death of Whitney Houston.  

“Extra” 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, NBC: The death of Whitney Houston; Bobbi Kristina Brown; Houston's final interview. 

“Whitney Houston: Death of a Diva” 12:30 and 5:30 p.m., Wednesday 

“Whitney Houston: Last Days of a Legend” 9 p.m. Wednesday, 3:30 and 6 p.m. E!: A look at this music icon's life, career and her final days. 

“Extra” 12:30 p.m., Thursday NBC: Remembering Whitney Houston.
 

“Whitney Houston: Death of a Diva” 12:30 and 5:30 p.m., Thursday  VH1 

“Entertainment Tonight” 7 p.m., Thursday CBS: Whitney Houston : The death of Whitney Houston. (N)

“The Insider” 7:30 p.m., Thursday CBS: Whitney Houston : Remembering Whitney Houston. (N)

“Access Hollywood” 7:30 p.m., Thursday NBC: Remembering Whitney Houston; Reese Witherspoon. (N)

“Whitney Houston: An Icon Remembered” 8 and 11 p.m., Thursday TV Guide: A reflection on the late singer's life and career from her biggest moments to her impact on the world of music. (N) 

“Whitney Houston: Last Days of a Legend” 9 p.m. Thursday E!: A look at this music icon's life, career and her final days. 

“Remembering Whitney: The Oprah Interview” 9 and 11 p.m., Thursday OWN: In a 2009 interview, the singer discusses her marriage, drug abuse and retreating from the spotlight. (N)

“Whitney Houston's Greatest Moments” 11 p.m., Thursday VH1: (N)

“Entertainment Tonight” 11:30 p.m., Thursday KCAL: Whitney Houston : The death of Whitney Houston. (N)

“Whitney Houston's Greatest Moments” 11:30 a.m.; 3:30 and 11 p.m., Friday VH1:

“Whitney Houston: An Icon Remembered” 5 and 8 p.m., Friday TV Guide: A reflection on the late singer's life and career from her biggest moments to her impact on the world of music.

“Entertainment Tonight” 7 p.m., Friday CBS: Whitney Houston : Funeral preparations for Whitney Houston. (N)

“The Insider” 7:30 p.m., Friday CBS: Whitney Houston : Memorial services for Whitney Houston. (N)

“Access Hollywood” 7:30 p.m., Friday NBC: Remembering Whitney Houston. (N)

“Whitney Houston: Last Days of a Legend” 8 p.m., Friday E!: A look at this music icon's life, career and her final days. 

 

Movie: “Waiting to Exhale” *** (1995) 8 p.m., Friday Encore: (R) Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett. Relationships preoccupy Phoenix friends: divorcee Bernadine, careerist Savannah, popular Robin, and Gloria, whose ex-husband is gay.

“20/20” 9 p.m., Friday ABC: One Moment in Time: The Life of Whitney Houston : The life of singer Whitney Houston, from her career achievements to her personal battles with addiction; information on Whitney's final days; an interview Diane Sawyer conducted with the singer 10 years ago. (N)

Movie: “The Preacher's Wife” *** (1996) 10:05 p.m., Friday Encore: (PG) Denzel Washington, Whitney Houston. A handsome angel saves a New York Baptist and his wife from spiritual doubt and marital woe.

“Whitney Houston: An Icon Remembered” 11 p.m., Friday TV Guide: A reflection on the late singer's life and career from her biggest moments to her impact on the world of music.

“Entertainment Tonight” 11:30 p.m., Friday KCAL: Whitney Houston : Funeral preparations for Whitney Houston. (N)

“Whitney Houston: Life, Death, Music” 11 a.m., Saturday CNN: Whitney Houston Memorial Coverage: Piers Morgan and Soledad O’Brien anchor. (N)

“Whitney Houston's Greatest Moments” 11 a.m.; 5 p.m., Saturday VH1:

“Whitney Houston: An Icon Remembered” 6 p.m., Saturday TV Guide: A reflection on the late singer's life and career from her biggest moments to her impact on the world of music.

Movie: “The Bodyguard” ** (1992) 8 p.m., Saturday Lifetime: (R) Kevin Costner, Whitney Houston. An ex-Secret Service agent falls for his client, an actress/singer someone wants dead before the Academy Awards.

“Biography” 11 p.m., Saturday Lifetime: Whitney Houston.

“Whitney Houston: An Icon Remembered” 11 a.m. and 6 p.m, Sunday TV Guide: A reflection on the late singer's life and career from her biggest moments to her impact on the world of music. 

“CNN Presents” 5, 8 and 11p.m., Sunday CNN: A look at the life and death of Whitney Houston. (N)

Movie: “The Bodyguard” ** (1992) 5 p.m., Sunday Lifetime: (R) Kevin Costner, Whitney Houston. An ex-Secret Service agent falls for his client, an actress/singer someone wants dead before the Academy Awards.

“Whitney Houston's Greatest Moments” 6:30 p.m., Sunday VH1:
 

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Photo: Whitney Houston, left, with Diane Sawyer in 2002. Credit: Handout

Whitney Houston: Watch her earliest TV appearances [Video]

Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston, who was found dead at age 48 on Saturday in a hotel room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, was known the world over for her singing career and a handful of notable film performances, including the 1992 film "The Bodyguard."

Houston made her TV debut, however, on April 29, 1983, on "The Merv Griffin Show." The 19-year-old singer had just signed a recording deal with Clive Davis and Arista Records and performed the song "Home" from the "Wizard of Oz" musical "The Wiz."

After her performance, Davis and Griffin both embraced her.

PHOTOS: Whitney Houston | 1963-2012

But that performance did not launch Houston into superstardom immediately.

Though her starring role in the "The Bodyguard" was touted as her acting debut, the future pop superstar actually made her acting debut in a 1984 episode of the Nell Carter sitcom "Gimme a Break!"

Just two months before her first hit single, "Hold Me," recorded with Teddy Pendergrass, was released, she appeared as Rita, the friend of the sitcom family's airheaded oldest daughter, Katie (Kari Michaelsen) in the episode "Katie's College." 

The plot of the episode revolved around Katie's decision not to go to college and to open a boutique with her friend Rita. Ultimately, Katie didn't attend college and opened her boutique, but Houston's role was limited to this one episode, which aired March 15, 1984. On May 25, her duet single with Pendergrass would be released and become a top 5 hit on the U.S. R&B chart.

The following year, her debut album, "Whitney Houston," was released and her singing career took off and left supprting roles on sitcoms behind. (She did, however, make an appearance as herself on a 1985 episode of "Silver Spoons.")

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Photo: Whitney Houston performing at the 2011 pre-Grammy gala at the Beverly Hilton. Credit: Mark Ralston / AFP / Getty Images

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