Troubled star Britney Spears looks set to become immortalised as a cartoon character in The Simpsons for the second time.

The singer is in the frame to again become a 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, said: "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 1999 hit 'Baby One More Time'.

A source told British newspaper The Sun: "There are talks ongoing 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."

Britney previously featured as herself in season 11 of the hit show. Other stars to have appeared in Springfield include actors Dustin Hoffman, Jack Lemmon, U2 and Tony Blair.