Britney Spears is delving into reality television, thanks to a deal she recently inked with UPN, according to a spokesperson for the network. Spears and husband Kevin Federline will star in their own unscripted, as-yet-untitled series, which will document the couple's relationship, from the earliest stages of their courtship to their engagement and ultimately, their stroll down the aisle.
UPN won a fierce bidding war to secure the rights to the six-episode series, which the network plans to roll out sometime next month, before the current season comes to a close, according to UPN.
With the series, Spears says she'll be able to contradict the tabloid media's misguided portrayal of her private life.
"From the day that Kevin and I met, there have been constant rumors and inaccurate speculation about our lives together," Spears said in a statement. "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" (see "Britney Spears Promises To Shut Up About Her Personal Life").
Spears blasted several tabloids last week in a letter posted her Web site (see "Britney Lashes Out Against Tabloid 'Liars' On Her Web Site"). In the missive, she characterized recent speculation that she's pregnant and her marriage was in trouble as unfair, and condemned the tabloids as duplicitous, since they never come clean about their own shortcomings.
Dawn Ostroff, president of entertainment for UPN, said the lion's share of the show's content will consist of video footage Spears and Federline shot themselves. In essence, the couple will serve as the program's hosts, and will walk the audience through the story of them. There will be five half-hour episodes capped off with an hour-long finale, which will center around their September 18, 2004, nuptials.
The couple had cameras rolling as they gallivanted across Europe and even while they were making wedding-day plans, and the series is expected to include footage from those tapes.
Ostroff feels the story of Spears and Federline's relationship is so riveting that "even if it were a fictitious story, it would be interesting. The fact that it's about one of the biggest stars out there makes it all the more fascinating."
Federline, who along with Spears will get an executive-producing credit, said in a statement that the show is "a documentation of love." No official premiere date has been set, but it's likely the series will debut in late May, during the tail end of sweeps.