The pay-cable channel Showtime announced a schedule change Wednesday, moving around programming to make room for the big pay-per-view boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor.
The Showtime documentary “Whitney. Can I Be Me,” originally scheduled to premiere Saturday, Aug. 26, on Showtime, will now air on Friday, Aug. 25, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
On Aug. 26, Showtime will offer the much-anticipated pay-per-view Mayweather-McGregor fight live from Las Vegas.
Showtime’s announcement notes that “Whitney. Can I Be Me” is an intimate portrait of Whitney Houston, directed by BAFTA Award winner Nick Broomfield (“Kurt & Courtney”) with Rudi Dolezal.
“Six-time Grammy winner Whitney Houston was one of the most successful female recording artists of all time, but after a troubled marriage to singer Bobby Brown and many years of struggles with addiction, Houston died suddenly and tragically at age 48,” the announcement notes. “With never seen before behind the scenes footage, candid interviews and gripping performance footage — including many of Houston’s greatest hits — ‘Whitney. Can I Be Me’ will offer a raw and uncensored look at Houston, exploring the impact her life and death had on the people around her and the world of music. The film explores Whitney’s central dilemma: Even though she had made millions of dollars, had more consecutive number ones than The Beatles and was recognized as having one of the greatest voices of all time, she still couldn’t do what she wanted to do, either professionally or in her personal life.”
“Whitney. Can I Be Me” is executive produced by John Battsek through his Passion Pictures label, Charles Finch, Shani Hinton and Ben Silverman. Broomfield also produced with Marc Hoeferlin.
The official trailer, below, for the Whitney Houston documentary still has the original airdate …