Anyone who watched Diane Sawyer’s notorious 2002 visit to the Atlanta-area home of Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston (the broadcast that gave us Houston’s infamous ”crack is wack” comment) knows that a reality series about the couple would be at least as fascinating and offbeat as ”The Osbournes” or ”Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica.” Apparently, Brown thinks so, too. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Brown has hired a camera crew to follow him around, in the hope of pitching a Bobby Brown reality series to the networks.
Houston, who’s currently an in-patient at a drug rehab facility but is allowed out on supervised family outings, will participate occasionally in the show, her reps say. ”This is Bobby’s project, and while Whitney has no direct interest in the project, she is very supportive of her husband,” her attorney, Mark Trigg, told the Journal-Constitution. Houston publicist Nancy Seltzer told the Associated Press, ”As I understand it, the reality show is about Bobby Brown. If she can help her husband in any way, she of course will do so, but it’s about Bobby.”
This week, the paper reports, camera crews have followed Brown and Houston out to dinner twice. On Monday, they took 11-year-old daughter Bobbi Kristina and family pooch Doogie out for a lobster and steak dinner, and on Tuesday, the couple dined at another restaurant where Houston serenaded a patron with ”Happy Birthday.” Tuesday also saw Houston pulled over and cited for speeding, the Gwinnett County police told AP, but it’s not likely the cameras caught that.
Brown has had plenty of legal trouble recently. He’s spent much of 2004 in the DeKalb County jail for violating his probation on an earlier drunk driving conviction. Last week, he spent a day in jail in Massachusetts until he could come up with $63,500 in back child support he owed to Kim Ward, the mother of two children he fathered before he married Houston in 1992. In May, he faces a court date back home for a misdemeanor battery charge for allegedly striking Houston in December. Will the cameras catch that hearing too?