Britney Getting Real for TV Series
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By Andrew Wallenstein
NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Is broadcast television ready for Britney Spears? Representatives for the pop princess are shopping a reality series featuring backstage footage of her life on tour, according to sources.
Being pitched with the pun-style title "OnTourage," the series would follow the lives of Spears and her fellow dancers on the upcoming European leg of the Onyx Hotel Tour, her steamy concert series. "OnTourage" is being described as a cross between MTV's "The Real World" and 1991's "Madonna: Truth or Dare." Spears would narrate and even wield a digital camera to chronicle her adventures with her dancers, bodyguards and managers from the tour bus to the stage.
The six-week shoot would produce six episodes that Spears' team would hope to have on the air as early as the summer, presumably providing a boon to the already healthy ticket revenue she is generating. No word on whether any particular network is close to a deal, but the front-running network will have to act fast: Spears' European tour kicks off in London on April 27. Another potential hitch: The budget is projected to run north of $1 million per episode, which is expensive by unscripted standards.
Reps for Spears, who would serve as an executive producer, declined comment late Monday.