Bravo Eyeing Bobby Brown Reality Show
Cable outlet Bravo is in negotiations with Bobby Brown for a reality series about the singer's troubled life.NBC-owned cable outlet Bravo is in negotiations with Bobby Brown for a reality series about the singer's troubled life. Sources say the deal is not final because of haggling over how much of a presence Brown's wife, pop star Whitney Houston, would have in the program.
"We are in negotiations, and it has not yet been decided as to what, if any, Ms. Houston's participation will be," said a representative for Houston who wished to remain anonymous. A Bravo spokesperson was unavailable for comment at deadline.
Brown has been shopping footage shot by his own production company, B2 Entertainment, since early April, when he was released from jail and his wife was in a rehab center.
The couple proved it was a TV draw with a high-rated "Primetime Live" interview with Diane Sawyer in December 2002, in which Brown and Houston discussed their drug use and marital troubles.
Since hitting the pop charts as a member of the group New Edition and a solo performer in the 1980s and early '90s, Brown has racked up multiple probation violations and jail sentences for charges including drunken driving, marijuana possession and failing to pay child support.
But the series, tentatively titled "Being Bobby Brown," is expected to focus on his attempts to resurrect his career with a New Edition reunion.
In other Bravo news, Kiss bassist/singer Gene Simmons may show up on an upcoming episode of the hit series "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy." On his official Web site, the notorious ladies man admits to being a fan of the makeover show, which he says contacted him to take part.
"They called and asked me if I would do it," he writes. "We may shoot on [Sept. 28]. And, while the PR people at most places prefer not to 'leak' any info until they're ready, I don't play like that. As soon as I make up my mind about something, I will let you all know."