For a while in the mid-200s, the Spears family seemed to be a powerhouse. Britney Spears was still knocking out hits like "Womanizer" and “Piece of Me” while Jamie Lynn Spears was becoming a Nickelodeon star in her own right. Then, it all fell apart, with the elder Spears system having a breakdown and having to be placed under a conservatorship and the younger Spears sister getting pregnant. Almost a decade later, Jamie Lynn Spears is trying to make a TV comeback with a Lifetime special.
Jamie Lynn Spears: When The Lights Go Out is set to follow a decade in the life of the singer and actress. The Lifetime special will go through the story of her becoming pregnant at 16 and becoming a teen mom after her daughter Maddie was born. It will also discuss her move to Nashville and her attempts to start a country music career in more recent years. The special will also feature Jamie Lynn Spears' big performance at the Grand Ole Opry earlier this year and the special guests who appeared. You can check out a sneak peek at When the Lights Go Out, below.
TLC has had some success with this sort of documentary-type of reality programming in recent years. The network memorably used this basic storytelling format to bring back some of the Duggar sisters following the cancellation of 19 Kids and Counting. The special is unlikely to make such an impact that Jamie Lynn Spears will be able to pick up exactly where she left off before she accidentally got pregnant, but there’s a more important message that Jamie Lynn Spears seems to want to get across: She’s not just the things that Hollywood see her as:
I’m not just a child star, and I’m not just someone’s sister. And I’m not just a teen mom.
In the time since Jamie Lynn Spears left Zoey 101 and had a baby, she moved to Nashville, put out an album called The Journey and married Jamie Watson, who owns a communications service. Her daughter is also adorable in the trailer for the special. Things seem to be going pretty well for the younger Spears sibling, but it’s unlikely that where’s she’s at now is where she envisioned she would be when her face was plastered all over billboards and she was an up and coming teenaged star. You can see more of her feelings on her career when the Lifetime special airs later this summer.
When The Lights Go Out premieres June 26 at 10 p.m. ET. You can find out what else is coming up this summer with our TV premiere schedule.