Britney & Kevin: Chaotic is a limited-run reality television series, starring pop music singer Britney Spears and her then husband, Kevin Federline. It follows their initial meeting, falling in love, and wedding. Footage is primarily comprised of the couple's home videos and interviews conducted months later.
Tagline: Can you handle our truth?
The series included five episodes that debuted weekly every Tuesday at 9PM ET/PT on UPN between the dates of May 17 and June 14, 2005, with reruns later appearing on MTV and VH1. Both Federline and Spears are credited as executive producers. The series was cancelled by UPN after the first and only season. The theme song was composed by Nick Thayer; he said it is the gig that meant the most to his heart because of his connection to the couple.
The show largely consists of home videos created by Spears and Federline, along with some added commentary, beginning with their courtship during the European leg of Spears' Onyx Hotel Tour in Spring 2004, and ending with their marriage that September. The series was released on DVD on September 27, 2005.
Episode 1 - "Can You Handle My Truth?"
The first episode involves Spears casually playing around with a new camera, occasionally focusing on other people, but largely keeping the lens on herself. She regularly asks anyone and everyone about their opinions on sex
while in London
on tour. Sometime during the second half of the special one-hour premiere, Federline makes his entrance into the series, and Spears often mentions their sex life.
The episode pulled in an audience of about 3.7 million viewers between the ages of eighteen and forty-nine, which is nearly double what the time slot on UPN usually gathers.
Episode 2 - "Who Said Anything About Love?"
Similar in subject matter to the first episode, Spears performs more shows for her Onyx Hotel Tour
, while at the same time getting to know Federline. The episode also includes a scene that reveals Spears is quite afraid of flying, based on a fear that she'll crash as she did in a similar incident sometime earlier in her life.
This episode only netted an audience of 3 million, which is a significant decrease compared to the premiere. However, it was still an increased share compared to what UPN usually earns.
Episode 3 - "Scared to Love You"
In this episode, Spears and Federline's relationship has progressed to the point where Spears reveals that she loves him. However, after Federline fails to respond the same, Spears closes up somewhat about her feelings and confides to the camera for comfort.
In a continuing trend, this episode pulled in an even smaller audience than the previous, with 2.5 million viewers, although it did increase in the key demographics of the Women 12-34 and Women 18-34. According to a UPN press release this episode increased their ratings when compared to the previous year.
Episode 4 - "Magic Happens"
After a day in Paris
, Spears realizes that Federline is "the one" for her, so she ends up proposing
. Federline initially says no but later asks her to marry him.
For the first time, this episode showed an improvement in ratings compared to the previous with 3 million viewers.
Episode 5 - "Veil of Secrecy"
The hour-long series finale covers Spears and Federline's wedding
on September 18
at Studio City
. Their family and friends, including their parents, had no idea that they were actually going to attend a wedding; they had all thought it was just an engagement party.
At the end of this episode was the world premiere of the music video for Spears' single "Someday (I Will Understand)".
The episode was only able to gather an audience of about 2.1 million.
Britney and Kevin: Chaotic... The DVD & More
was released on September 27
. It includes a bonus CD, featuring the single, "Someday (I Will Understand)
" and the new tracks "Chaotic
", "Mona Lisa
" and, on the UK and Japanese editions, the Guy Sigsworth
and Imogen Heap
collaboration, "Over To You Now." The DVD
features the complete series and 30 minutes of bonus unaired footage from their home videos. Also included are the music videos
for "Do Somethin'
" (taken from her Greatest Hits: My Prerogative
album) and "Someday (I Will Understand)
- "Someday (I Will Understand)"
- "Mona Lisa"
- "Over to You Now" (Japan/UK Only)
- "Someday (I Will Understand)" [Hi-Bias Signature Radio Remix] (Japan/Europe/Asia Release Only)
Theme song & Bonus CD
The show was titled after the song used as its theme music, "Chaotic
." The track was recorded for Britney's In The Zone
album, and was premiered to the press, but was removed shortly before its commercial release. The track was written and produced by Swedish team, Bloodshy & Avant
, who co-wrote and produced "Toxic" and fellow album track, "Showdown," having also worked with Christina Milian
and Ms. Dynamite
in the past.
One song on the album, "Mona Lisa", was previously previewed on the LA radio station KIISFM on 31 December 2004. The cut was a "demo" and gave fans hope of a new studio album that was supposed to be released later on that year. Spears titled the project "The Original Doll." The concept was dropped and the song was nearly completely re-recorded and lyrics were changed. Also, it has a 3/5 rating on iTunes.
"Over to You Now" was also unreleased from the In the Zone sessions in 2004.
"Someday (I Will Understand)" is a completely new recording, penned by Spears herself. The song was released as a CD single in Europe with various remixes of the song. The Extended Play single was released in Japan and contained the same songs as the "Chaotic" DVD and a remix of the lead song. A music video was shown on the series and released on DVD.
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||Teen Choice Awards
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