Britney Spears Docs Compete As Pivotal Hearing Looms Next Week

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There are no new music, no new tour, and no new Las Vegas residency, but there's a lot of Britney Spears product out there in the days leading up to a potential seminal court hearing over the onetime Princess of Pop's longstanding conservatorship. Building up steam heading toward the September 29 showdown of sorts in […]
There are no new music, no new tour, and no new Las Vegas residency, but there's a lot of Britney Spears product out there in the days leading up to a potential seminal court hearing over the onetime Princess of Pop's longstanding conservatorship.

Building up steam heading toward the September 29 showdown of sorts in Los Angeles Superior Court, CNN has been promoting its September 26 Toxic: Britney Spears' Battle For Freedom Special Report, fronted by weekday anchor Alisyn Camerota and reporter Chloe Melas. Unveiled earlier this week and accompanied with a very newsmagazine-cut trailer a day later, Netflix has been teasing out a leaked "confidential report" about the big-money finances and more of the conservatorship for its documentary Britney vs Spears from director Erin Lee Carr. It premieres September 28.

This morning saw FX announce the debut tonight of its documentary Controlling Britney Spears. Focusing on the surveillance systems and private security apparatus surrounding the "Oops!…I Did It Again" singer, the follow-up from the New York Times team behind the Emmy-nominated Framing Britney Spears premieres at 10 p.m. ET on both the Disney-owned premium cabler and Hulu.

The reality is that the February 5 release of Framing Britney Spears and the investigative probing of the conservatorship by director Samantha Stark, showrunner and EP Mary Robertson and supervising producer Liz Day reignited mainstream interest in the singer's situation. Yet, if timing is still something in show business, no one can deny that this latest trio of films of varying substance are all aiming to find the Magic Hour in the intense spotlight currently on Spears. From sealed court documents, spreadsheets and ex-employee sit-downs to celebrity conjecture from the likes of an empathic Rosie O'Donnell and others,…
Dominic Patten
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