Bobby Brown's reality show may go to Bravo -- At issue in the deal: how much screen time for Whitney?

By Gary Susman
Updated August 27, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT
Bobby Brown, Whitney Houston
Credit: Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown: Amanda Edwards/Getty Images/NewsCom

Remember Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston’s notorious 2002 ”Crack is wack” interview with Diane Sawyer? There may be more where that came from. After months of shopping around a reality show about himself, Brown may have finally found a home for the project at Bravo. The lone sticking point in the deal, according to the Hollywood Reporter, is the question of how much screen time, if any, there will be for Houston. ”We are in negotiations, and it has not yet been decided as to what, if any, Ms. Houston’s participation will be,” a source close to Houston tells the trade paper.

These days, of course, Brown is less famous for his 1980s R&B hits than for his marriage to Houston and his drug and legal troubles. (He is getting a lot of free publicity, however, from Britney Spears, who’s making a cover of his hit ”My Prerogative” the title track of her forthcoming greatest-hits album.) The show, tentatively titled ”Being Bobby Brown,” would focus on his attempt to rebuild that career by orchestrating a reunion with his old vocal group, New Edition. Since April, a Brown-commissioned film crew has been following him and Houston around, filming every little step.

Brown’s not the only 1980s pop icon who hopes a reality show will be his ticket back to stardom. Billboard reports that Mötley Crüe frontman Vince Neil, already a reality veteran from a season spent on the WB’s ”The Surreal Life,” will star in MTV’s ”The Remaking of Vince Neil,” which will follow the singer’s attempt to resurrect his career with the help of makeover specialists. News of Neil’s show comes a day after his former bandmate Tommy Lee announced he’d be enrolling as a college student for an NBC reality show. He, too, may be trying to return to music stardom, but if he fails, at least he’ll have a degree.