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Younger Spears stars in new series



Published: Fri, January 7, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Britney's sister makes the transition from ensemble member to leading role.

LOS ANGELES -- Former "All That" cast member Jamie Lynn Spears takes center stage to star in her very own show when Nickelodeon's newest comedy series, "Zoey 101," premieres at 8 p.m. Sunday.

Spears, the network says, is Zoey Brooks, a "13-year-old winsome leader whose independent nature is put to the test" at the newly co-ed Pacific Coast Academy.

"The subject of boys and girls is interesting to all pre-teens," said Cyma Zarghami, president of Nickelodeon Television. "Exploring the premise of what happens when girls show up at a formerly all-boys boarding school is an exciting, innovative way to tell coming-of-age stories."

Spears also makes her singing debut on the theme song for the series, titled "Follow Me" (also featuring Emma Holmberg), which was written by big sister Britney Spears, Christian Karlsson, Pontus Winnberg and Henrik Jonback.

Sister act

Making the leap from an ensemble member of the "All That" sketch comedy series to starring in her own sitcom, 13-year-old Jamie relishes the opportunity to follow in some famous footsteps.

"It's a dream come true," Spears said. She has also appeared on the small screen with her older sister Britney in a Pepsi commercial and an HBO concert special, "Britney Spears: Live from Las Vegas." Her feature credits include a role in the movie "Crossroads."

The seventh-grader, who attends junior high school in Mississippi where she's on the cheering squad and basketball team, attests to having a strong affinity for her TV alter ego.

"I love that we're so similar," she said. "Zoey is a leader who speaks her mind, and she's determined to succeed at her new school. She's also friendly, outgoing and athletic, especially in basketball, and so am I."




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