Anna Nicole Smith will be featured in a 6-part reality show. For those of you blessed enough to not know her, she is an archetypal body-altered bimbo (the polite term is "model/actress", although she has done precious little of either outside of a bedroom) who was lucky/conniving enough to marry a doddering near-nonagenarian Texas oilman and take him for a lot of money in the year before he died -- $88 million, to be precise (plus interest, although the case is on appeal).
This is what "The Osbournes" has wrought: Coming to E! this summer, "The Anna Nicole Smith Show."
The celebrity-obsessed cable network will chronicle the day-to-day life of the famously un-camera-shy model/actress in a reality series scheduled to debut in August. Smith's teenage son, Daniel, lawyer Howard K. Stern (no, not that one) and assistant Kim will also be regular characters.
The idea for a series about Smith, a former exotic dancer, Guess? jeans model and Playboy centerfold, came after E! aired a "True Hollywood Story" installment about her. The documentary chronicled her career and marriage to J. Howard Marshall, a multimillionaire Texas oil man who was 89 at the time of their 1994 wedding. Smith was 26.
The series began production two weeks ago, with plans for an initial run of six episodes. Smith's take on the affair is this: "People won't be able to stop watching once they tune in. My life is a roller coaster, so hold on and enjoy the ride."