Controversial rapper Eminem has been offered $2.25 million (GBP1.5 million)-per-episode to make his own TV show.

American TV bosses - desperate for a hit to replace smash comedy series SEX AND THE CITY - believe the foul-mouthed hip-hop star fits the bill.

Sources at network HBO claim the programme would be both "controversial and raunchy".

Eminem, 30 - real name MARSHALL MATHERS - took the best actor prize at Saturday's (31MAY03) Mtv Movie Awards in Los Angeles for his part in 8 MILE, and admits he's keen to take on more acting roles.

A Hollywood insider says, "Eminem proved he can act with 8 Mile and he's already huge in the music industry. It makes sense for HBO to want him.

"HBO wants a big hit to replace Sex And The City, which is ending after this season."

TV chiefs reportedly want the MY NAME IS star to play a character similar to himself.

03/06/2003 01:57