Spears' home movies to be UPN series

April 06, 2005|by

Britney Spears, pop star, celebrity wife and scourge of "false tabloids," is getting a chance to tell the story of her young marriage her way, thanks to UPN.

The network that's home to "America's Next Top Model" and "Amish in the City" has signed a deal with Spears and her husband, Kevin Federline, to air a six-episode series that chronicles the couple's courtship and marriage - mostly through video the two shot themselves. UPN plans to have the still-untitled show on the air before the current season ends.

"I am so excited about the series," Spears says. "From the day that Kevin and I met, there have been constant rumors and inaccurate speculation about our lives together. I feel that last year the tabloids ran my life and I am really excited about showing my fans what really happened rather than all the stories, which have been misconstrued by journalists in the past.


"As I mentioned before, I am now going to be expressing my personal life through art."

Federline's take on the show is more succinct: "It is a documentation of love."

The exhaustively documented relationship between Spears and Federline began when he was a dancer on her Onyx Hotel tour. The show will feature extensive footage, shot by the two of them, from the European leg of that tour, as well as scenes from their wedding last fall.

Spears, apparently fed up with all the speculation about her life, recently posted a letter to "False Tabloids" on her web site in which she wondered whether magazines like Us Weekly and The Star were so mean to her because their employees were overweight or had relationship issues of their own.

"As we all know, Britney and Kevin's life together has been played out in front of the public through Internet speculation, the gossip columnists and entertainment magazines," UPN Entertainment president Dawn Ostroff says. "But now, for the first time, their millions of fans will get to see and hear the couple's real story on UPN as told directly by them."

Spears and Federline will serve as executive producers for the show, which will also include some new footage and commentary by the couple. Another producer is likely to join the show to help mold the home-video footage into a narrative.

The deal with UPN also includes an arrangement with MTV Networks (a corporate sibling to UPN in the Viacom empire) to rerun the series on MTV or VH1 shortly after their original airing. One of the cable outlets will also run a marathon of previous episodes prior to the series finale.

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