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TV One to Premiere Original Movie ‘Bobbi Kristina’ in October

TV One has set an Oct. 8 date for the premiere of its original movie Bobbi Kristina, the network announced Monday.

The biopic, which focuses on the life and tragic death of the troubled daughter of music stars Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, stars Demetria McKinney (House of Payne, Saints and Sinners), Nadji Jeter (Grown Ups, Last Man Standing), Hassan Johnson (The Wire, E.R.), and Vivica A. Fox (Empire, Kill Bill).

Bobbi Kristina is directed by Ty Hodges and executive produced by Tracey Baker Simmons and Wanda Shelley, according to TV One. 

“The tabloids painted a picture of two superstars who lived a tumultuous life, but we often forget that in the process a little girl had to grow up in a limelight that she did not choose,” D’Angela Proctor, TV One Head of Original Programming & Production said in a statement. “In its simplest form, Bobbi Kristina is a story about a beautiful mother-daughter relationship intertwined with both of their desires to be loved; one just happened to be a superstar and the other an innocent bystander to her parents’ fame.”

R. Thomas Umstead
R. Thomas Umstead

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.