Paris Hilton is headed back to television — this time in what is billed as a behind the scenes look at the life and friends of the jet-setting socialite and model.
The Oxygen television network, which is aimed at young women, has given the go-ahead to a reality series that brings “an all-encompassing look at her life, friends, family, and relationships, all that’s not represented every day,” original programming chief Amy Introcaso-Davis said in a statement on Thursday.
The show will also feature Hilton’s friends Brooke Mueller — the estranged wife of Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheen — and former Playboy model turned photographer Jennifer Rovero, along with her mother Kathy Hilton.
The show has no name or air date as yet.
Hilton, 29, the great-granddaughter of Hilton hotels founder Conrad Hilton, appeared with friend Nicole Richie in The Simple Life years ago and searched for a best friend in the MTV series My New BFF in 2008.
A businesswoman with lines of fashion, hair, fragrance and shoes that she either helps design or endorses, Hilton is rarely out of the news.
Last week, she pleaded guilty in Las Vegas to cocaine possession, and the next day was refused entry to Japan to take part in a fashion show.
In 2007, she famously spent three weeks in jail in Los Angeles for violating her probation on a reckless driving charge.
Oxygen said the new TV show would follow Hilton “as she enters the next stage of her life.”
Nicole Richie is following a different path: She’s no longer famous for being famous.
The 29-year-old is still a paparazzi target, but she has broadened her resume.
The daughter of singer Lionel Richie has transformed her image from red carpet regular and party girl to a hip, young mom (she has two children with musician Joel Madden of the band Good Charlotte), fashion designer, occasional actress and author.
Her new book, Priceless, is now in stores.
It’s about a wealthy young woman named Charlotte whose stockbroker father is busted for embezzling millions from his clients. Charlotte ends up escaping the barrage of media attention surrounding the scandal in New York City and relocating to New Orleans where she builds a life for herself.
“I don’t think anyone is just a one-dimensional person. There are a few different people inside of every person,” Richie said in an interview to promote the book.
This isn’t Richie’s first foray into writing. Her first novel, The Truth About Diamonds, was about a girl who is the adopted daughter of a famous male singer and part of Hollywood’s in-crowd.
Richie denies reports the book, a New York Times bestseller, was “semi-autobiographical,” saying her writing is influenced by personal experience, but the book wasn’t about her own life.
For Priceless, Richie wanted to take a different direction.
“I wanted to write a story about the journey of a girl’s life and about the steps that she takes to find her place her in the world and find her own voice.” Richie also has capitalized on her status as a fashion “it girl” with an accessories line, House of Harlow 1960, and a clothing line called Winter Kate. She serves as creative director for both.
Richie calls the acceptance by the fashion industry a blessing.
“It’s very exciting. I’m learning a lot, I’m learning as I go.”
She will also return to NBC’s Chuck next month where she has a recurring role as Heather Chandler, a former high school mean girl-turned-spy with a talent for kung fu.