The premiere of TV One’s original film, Bobbi Kristina, premiered at #1 among African Americans on ad-supported cable in the Sunday 7pm-9pm timeslot. The film now ranks as TV One’s third most-watched original movie premiere ever, across all key demos. The three airings of Bobbi Kristina on premiere night had a combined reach of 2.2 Million Unique Viewers 2+.
Beginning immediately after the passing of her mother, this poignant story delves into Bobbi Kristina’s struggle to come to terms with Houston’s sudden departure and the complexities of her own life. Starring breakout Joy Rovaris in the title role, Bobbi Kristina presents the first three-dimensional look at a story — and a life — that deserve better. In 2012, Whitney Houston’s tragic demise put her entire family in the worldwide media spotlight, with most of the glare falling on her grieving daughter, Bobbi Kristina.
Krissi became one of the main characters in the story of Houston’s death and its devastating aftermath as she struggled with her grief, her personal relationships, upholding her mother’s legacy and her plans for the future. Bobbi Kristina offers a rare glimpse into the world of this young woman whose brief life and untimely end remain shrouded in mystery.
Opposite Rovaris, Bobbi Kristina stars Demetria McKinney who delivers an uncanny performance as she embodies the heart, flair and essence of the legendary Whitney Houston. The film also stars Nadji Jeter as Nick Gordon, Hassan Johnson as Bobby Brown, and Vivica A. Fox as Pat Houston. Le’Azionna Braden makes her screen debut as young Bobbi Kristina.
The film is directed by Ty Hodges, with screenplay by Rhonda Baraka. Executive Producers Tracey Baker Simmons and Wanda Shelley, creators of the docu-series’ “Being Bobby Brown” and “The Houstons,” developed the underlying story.
Bobbi Kristina is produced for TV One by Eric Tomosunas (executive producer), Keith Neal and James Seppelfrick of Swirl Films. Casting was provided by Leah Daniels Butler. For TV One, Donyell McCullough is Senior Director of Talent & Casting; Robyn Greene-Arrington is VP of Original Programming and Executive in Charge of Production, and D’Angela Proctor is Head of Original Programming and Production.
We loved it!
Wow. Great job @tvonetv on the #BobbiKristina story. ?? — Here's a clip of me on Periscope in 2015 covering her funeral. It was a thousand degrees out there, but I was focused on telling the story from the point of view of encouraging healthy relationships. — It was a LOT going on that day. Bobby Brown's sister stormed out of the funeral, then came over to us screaming about she knew what really happened. Either way you look at it, drugs, alcohol and abuse were the common denominators. — 1 out of 4 people are in abusive relationships. Hopefully by TVOne sharing this story, someone will choose to get the help they need. — Recognize "crazy" early, connect with a support group and get out. Full video on my YouTube page. Outstanding job @demetria4real. Rest in heaven Whitney and Bobbi Kris. ??❤️