Britney Spears looks set to appear in an episode of the musical-comedy television show Glee next series.
The Fox show's co-creator Ryan Murphy said he expects the pop princess to act in an episode that's "reverential about her". Murphy said on Ryan Seacrest's radio show that he admires how the star has turned herself around.
The singer of hits such as Hit Me Baby One More Time and Toxic spent years as tabloid fodder after a series of high-profile stays in hospital and erratic behaviour, such as shaving her head.
In Glee, singers under anaesthesia at the dentist will hallucinate about Britney and being like her.
Murphy says the episode will feature Britney's music but will not delve into her personal life. He said: "We're handling Britney with kid gloves."
The Emmy Award-nominated show has become a massive hit for Fox and is shown on E4 and Channel 4 in the UK.