SCHEDULED: With this week’s news that their star is expecting a baby, UPN has set a May 17 premiere date for Britney Spears and husband Kevin Federline’s still-untitled reality show, with the first episode going to a full hour. The network also said it will shoot new footage to go with the existing footage that the couple shot themselves. “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,” Dawn Ostroff, president of UPN, said in a statement. “But now, for the first time, their millions of fans will get to see and hear the couple’s real story … as told directly by them. ”
GATHERED: Among the dignitaries paying tribute to Monaco’s Prince Rainier at his funeral Friday: French President Jacques Chirac, King Juan Carlos of Spain and Britain’s Prince Andrew. Rainier, 81, died April 6 after a month-long battle with heart, lung and kidney problems. He is being interred in the crypt of the cathedral next to his wife, American movie star Grace Kelly, who died in a car crash in 1982. Their son, Prince Albert, has assumed his father’s throne. Albert’s sisters, Princesses Caroline and Stephanie, both arrived at the funeral wearing headscarves of black lace.
OFFERED: Rapper Nelly and Fillmore Street Brewery, in conjunction with Reuther Chrysler Jeep of St. Louis, have placed two Pimp Juice Promotional vehicles – a 2004 PT Cruiser and 2004 Jeep Wrangler – on eBay in order to raise money for the Jes Us 4 Jackie Fund, founded by Nelly and his late sister Jackie Donahue to encourage the public (especially African Americans) to participate in Donor Registry Programs in order to save lives. Donahue, 31, died last month after a lengthy battle with leukemia.
SETTLED: Civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks, 92, and rap duo OutKast have settled a lawsuit originally filed in 1999, in which Parks accused the group of wrongly using her name in a song title, her guardian tells the Associated Press. OutKast, Sony BMG Music Entertainment and two of the company’s units admitted no wrongdoing, but agreed to work on projects “to enlighten today’s youth about the significant role Rosa Parks played in making America a better place for all races.”
SUED: How to Make Love Like a Porn Star author Jenna Jameson has filed a federal lawsuit to bar her publisher, Regan Media owner Judith Regan, from getting a cut of a proposed reality show featuring the adult film actress, reports AP. Jameson’s suit asks a judge to rule that an April 2004 development agreement signed with Regan Media doesn’t apply to a deal Jameson negotiated herself with A&E for a show based on her daily life. In her countersuit, Regan says her 2004 agreement with Jameson gives Regan Media the exclusive rights to negotiate with TV networks for a reality show.
EXCUSED: Emmanuel Lewis, 34, the former child star of the ’80s TV series Webster and more recently VH1’s Surreal Life, got off with a warning for speeding in rural Georgia after giving his autograph and posing for a photo with police, say officials. After stopping a vehicle that was going 70 mph in a 45 mph zone, officer Ron Kirk immediately recognized Lewis behind the wheel. “Well, I grew up watching him and he was very nice and professional, so I just gave him a courtesy warning,” Kirk told local TV station WALB.