VH1 to Air Reality Series Focusing on Color Purple Star Fantasia Barrino

News   VH1 to Air Reality Series Focusing on Color Purple Star Fantasia Barrino "American Idol" winner Fantasia Barrino, who made her Broadway debut to much acclaim in The Color Purple, will return to the small screen in a new reality series for VH1.
Fantasia Barrino
Fantasia Barrino

The series, according to the Hollywood Reporter, will "chronicle Fantasia's life as a recording artist and young single mother." The unscripted series will debut in early 2010. Jeff Olde, executive vice president of VH1's original programming, told the industry paper, "Fantasia has one of the most fascinating stories in show business, from her tough upbringing to her meteoric rise on the national scene thanks to 'American Idol.' Her challenges from fame and her unwillingness to fail have combined to create a larger-than-life talent who appeals to music lovers around the world. So many people wanted to work with her on this, but Fantasia is now part of the VH1 family, and we're so happy to have her."

Executive producer Randy Barbato added, "Fantasia's life has been an open book, but at 24 years old, her story has just begun. We look forward to smashing expectations and revealing the fresh, funny and unexpected side of this one-of-a-kind country girl and superstar."

As previously announced, nine-time Grammy nominee winner Barrino will return to the role of Celie when the national tour of The Color Purple arrives at the Kennedy Center in June.

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