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The Ratings Are In: ‘Whitney’ Biopic Hits High Note For Lifetime

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 In life, Whitney Houston‘s narrative was captivating. Fast forward three years after her passing and it’s clear folk remain fascinated by the late diva’s story.

Lifetime learned this over the weekend when they aired their much hyped ‘Whitney’ biopic – the ratings of which have just been released.

How did the Angela Bassett directed production fare? Find out below…

 

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Did You Miss It?: Whitney Houston’s Family Urge Viewers To Boycott Lifetime Biopic

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It’s no secret that the Houston family is not on board with Angela Bassett‘s cinematic ode to the romance of pop icon Whitney Houston and her R&B bad boy ex-husband Bobby Brown.

Coming in the form of the biopic ‘Whitney,‘ airing Saturday, January 17th at 8/7c on Lifetime, anticipation for the film is reaching feverish pitch as barely a day separates viewers from it. But, if you were looking to see if the sentiment was shared in the Houston household, you got your answer today when Whitney’s former manager/sister-in-law Pat Houston took to Facebook to slam the movie and the channel (despite it once being their own reality show’s network).

After pointing out its shambolic, Wendy Williams’-produced ‘Aaliyah: Princess of R&B’ film as evidence, the businesswoman went on to urge fans of Houston to boycott the film.

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TGJ Replay: Whitney Houston’s ‘I’m Your Baby Tonight’

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Designed much like our ‘Retro Rewind’ and ‘From the Vault’ features, ‘Replay’ is That Grape Juice‘s newest reflective segment to act as a written quest, if you will, to re-spin the gems and jams of yesterday. Unlike its retrospective predecessors, ‘Replay’ looks to dust off and showcase entire albums (and eras) from a library of pop and Urban pop music hits.

Now, as fans ready themselves for the highly anticipated Whitney Houston made-for-TV biopic ‘Whitney’ (January 17th at 8/7c on Lifetime), there is no better time to ode the songstress than with today’s replay of her multiplatinum third album ‘I’m Your Baby Tonight.’

“The third album is probably always the hardest because people expect so much. [They say] the first one is ok, the second one was pretty good, but now what is she going to do for the third one? It’s always that expectation level that makes it hard to deal with. You want it to be accepted in the same way that the first and second one were.” – Whitney Houston, 1991

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That Grape Juice Reviews: Lifetime’s ‘Whitney’

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It’s no secret that viewers of Lifetime’s shambolic ‘Aaliyah:  The Princess of R&B’ shuddered when greeted with news that the women’s network would tackle an unauthorized biographical account of pop icon Whitney Houston.  While comforted by thoughts that the film’s director, Houston’s ‘Waiting To Exhale’ co-star Angela Bassett, at least knew her personally, the absence of familial support or involvement (just like the Wendy Williams produced affair) discouraged some fans from lending support.

At That Grape Juice, we initially shared that same skepticism.  After one view of the emotional rollercoaster that is Lifetime’s ‘Whitney,’ however, we can say with certainty that this could very well be the TV event of the season.

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Must See: Jazmine Sullivan Covers Whitney Houston’s ‘I Have Nothing’

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Call it coincidence or just good timing, but just as her new album, ‘Reality Show,’ is due to hit shelves on January 13th, Jazmine Sullivan took to our friends over at VIBE to pay homage to Whitney Houston (whose biographical film is due just days later on January 17th).

Before fans of either diva can get their hands on their latest offerings, tuck in below to hear Sullivan share a rousing rendition of Houston’s famed hit ‘I Have Nothing’ from ‘The Bodyguard Soundtrack.’  Putting her signature melismatic flair on the tune, see her show Jennifer Lopez how covers are supposed to be delivered.

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Lifetime Announce ‘Whitney’ Biopic Premiere Date / Release New Stills

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Undeterred by the backlash the Aaliyah biopic caused, Lifetime are pressing ahead with their much-talked about Whitney Houston movie.

Produced by Angela Bassett, the film is being led by Yaya DaCosta who steps into the iconic stilettos of the late, great vocalist.

With anticipation to see how the flick turns out high, the network have today revealed that its debut is sooner than one may assume.

Find out when ‘Whitney’ is set to blaze the box below…

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Watch: Jennifer Hudson Celebrates Whitney Houston By Performing ‘One Moment In Time’ On Today Show

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Sadly, the late, great Whitney Houston is no longer with us. However, her legacy is being celebrated with the release of ‘Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances’ - which hit stores this week.

Pieced together by the diva’s longtime mentor Clive Davis, the retrospective set – which we’ve had on replay here at TGJ – is earning rave reviews from critics.

Whitney, of course, is tragically not here to bless the masses with more showcases of her iconic voice, however Davis called on one of today’s most gifted vocalists, Jennifer Hudson, to help him pay homage on the Today Show this morning.

The Oscar and Grammy winner was drafted in to perform the classic Nippy cut ‘One Moment In Time’.

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