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Britney Spears, Reality Artiste

By Lisa de Moraes
Wednesday, April 6, 2005; Page C01

Britney Spears announced yesterday that she wants to "express" her personal life "through art."

In the ticky-tacky world of Britney, "art" means "reality TV."

"It's going to be an exciting ride," Britney Spears says of the inside look viewers will get. (Yuriko Nakao -- Reuters)

So the pop singer and hubby Kevin Federline have decided to produce a six-episode reality series in which to "share their personal love story through private home videos and revealing interviews."

For the UPN network.

During the May sweeps ratings race.

And if that's not art, I don't know what is.

The never-before-seen private home videos were shot by the couple during their courtship, engagement and wedding, UPN boasted yesterday.

The trade paper Variety, which broke the news of Britney's latest adventure to the world, said UPN snagged the series "after fierce competish from several other outlets," which means other networks got into a bidding war over the project.

One or more of the MTV cable networks will rerun each episode shortly after its UPN play and then rerun all of them again in a marathon. MTV has already had ratings success with another reality series, starring crazy-in-love pop idols Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey. MTV and UPN are owned by Viacom.

UPN chief Dawn Ostroff insisted that the show will not look like something put together by Britsy Witsy's publicist.

"I don't think there's anything sugarcoated about this," Ostroff told Variety, adding: "It's pretty raw and pretty real. I don't think [viewers] have ever been exposed to people being so honest and open about their lives."

Ostroff said the story of Spears and Federline is so compelling that even if it were fiction it would be interesting.

"I'm so excited about the series," the Britster gushed in the announcement.

"From the day that Kevin and I met, there have been constant rumors and inaccurate speculation about our lives together," she whined. "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."

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