How Zoey 101 moved Jamie Lynn Spears away from Britney

Britney Spears and Jamie Lynn Spears might have a deeper bond today, if not for Zoey 101.

Star Sisters: E! True Hollywood Story, which will air on April 10, describes how the sisters began to grow apart after Jamie Lynn took on the title role on the Nickelodeon show from 2005 to 2008.

The episode, linked to National Sibling Day, shows how famous younger stars learned from their older siblings’ mistakes and successes as they started their own careers in the entertainment industry.

In the case of the Spears sisters, “When Jamie Lynn started Zoey 101, she was drawn out of everyday life to be Britney’s little sister,” said the choreographer and producer Brian Friedman.

Spencer Kornhaber, a journalist from The Atlantic, explained how Jamie Lynn went into business for herself around the same time that the tabloids were really starting to track Britney.

“It also happened at a time when the paparazzi and gossip media were more powerful and active than ever before,” he recalled. “People paid tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars for pictures of famous people, and Britney Spears was the most precious commodity on the planet.”

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