Britney for The Simpsons?

Troubled star Britney Spears looks set to be immortalised as a cartoon character - in the hit TV show The Simpsons.

The US pop singer is in the frame to be the next target for bosses of the award-winning animated series.

And despite all the bad press of recent months, it seems the singer's problems will be presented in a uniquely-positive light. Actress Yeardley Smith, who voices Lisa Simpson, says: "Britney is ripe for the picking, but we have to do it well - I don't want to be cruel."

The idea is reportedly for Spears to be spoofed at Bart's school, Springfield Elementary, in a nod to her famous first video for the 1999 hit ... Baby One More Time.

A source tells British newspaper The Sun: "There are ongoingtalks and it's hopeful it will happen. The appearance would be a positive one. Never mind what's happening in her private life, Britney is big again." - Wenn