Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Entertainment Briefs from the Canadian Press: Canadian Press Entertainment Briefs

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Entertainment Briefs from the Canadian Press: Canadian Press Entertainment Briefs

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Friday, May 11

Reality show featuring Houston relatives planned

NEW YORK --

A reality show featuring Whitney Houston's relatives, including daughter Bobbi Kristina and mother Cissy, is in the works.

Houston representative Kristen Foster confirmed the Lifetime show, "The Houston Family Chronicles," on Friday.

It will focus on Pat Houston, sister-in-law and manager of the late singer. Pat Houston is also helping care for Whitney Houston's only child, 19-year-old Bobbi Kristina. The show promises to feature Bobbi Kristina and Cissy, as well as Houston's cousin Dionne Warwick, gospel singer CeCe Winans and other members of the Houston family.

Whitney Houston drowned in a bathtub in February at age 48 in Beverly Hills, Calif. Authorities said her death was complicated by cocaine use and heart disease.

Pat Houston, Whitney Houston's brother Gary and Bobbi Kristina spoke about Houston's death in an interview with Oprah Winfrey on Winfrey's OWN network in March.

Cissy Houston, also a singer, put out her first new music in over a decade on iTunes this week. Cissy, Gary and Bobbi Kristina are expected to appear Saturday in Newark, N.J., at a gospel tribute to the late superstar as part of the annual McDonald's Gospelfest concert.

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'Desperate Housewives' ends 8-season run

LOS ANGELES -- "Desperate Housewives" made suburbia sexy -- and funny and murderous and touching -- and it didn't stop there.

ABC's series about the messy lives within Wisteria Lane's tidy houses proved how low comedy and high drama can be a TV marriage made in heaven. It showed that women of a certain age -- meaning over 25, in Hollywoodspeak -- can be alluring and compelling.

It introduced the witty voice of creator Marc Cherry, and reintroduced (with another ABC program, "Lost") the concept of serialized storytelling at a time networks were stuffing viewers with a heavy diet of cheap reality and stolid crime-of-the-week procedurals. …

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