On January 17, Lifetime is hoping that you wanna watch Whitney with somebody — somebody who loves you (Hello, that’s a play on the lyrics of Whitney Houston’s hit single “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” for all those who haven’t committed her songs to memory). The TV film follows on the heels of the femme network’s previous music biopic Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B, which drew 3.2M viewers. That was a solid number, but while Aaliyah was in the zeitgeist at the start of the millennium, Houston, on the other hand, is one of the world’s best selling performers with over 200M albums sold worldwide and slew of diamond, multi-platinum certifications. For some, she has just as much resonance as Michael Jackson, so it will be interesting to see if Whitney outstrips Aaliyah in the ratings. Whitney marks the directorial debut of Angela Bassett, an actress who knows something about the tumultuous personal lives of pop singers away from the mike, having sublimely portrayed Tina Turner in 1993’s What’s Love Got to Do With it. Yaya DaCosta, a runner-up on CW’s America’s Top Model landed the role of Houston, with Arlen Escarpeta is playing Houston’s wild better half, Bobby Brown. However, the absolute scene-stealer in this trailer: Mark Rolston as Houston’s music biz mentor, Clive Davis.
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