NEW YORK – Former playmate Anna Nicole Smith has no problem getting naked on her new show — but E! producers are still trying to figure out if they can show it.
The buxom blonde who's known for her uninhibited and wide-eyed approach to life, stars in a new reality sitcom The Anna Nicole Show, debuting this Sunday at 10 p.m.
A camera crew from cable's E! channel has been following Smith around for about seven hours a day since last May. They are trying to be the first new reality sitcom since The Osbournes became a hit last spring.
Smith — who originally made a name for herself dancing and posing in the nude — has romped in the raw more than once on camera, producers told The Post.
But they are still trying to find a legitimate way to get the footage into the show.
"There are some risqué moments with Anna that we've shot," says executive producer Jeff Shore.
"She's very open, very uncensored in her real life. It's not like she's parading around naked for us, but she certainly lets us stay with her when she wants to go skinny dipping or something."
Shore said producers are trying to stick to footage that advances each episode's storyline and can get past E! censors.
"It's not just a question of: If she flashes us it'll go into the show," Shore says. "I wish it were that simple."
Nudity aside, Shore says the show's editors are feverishly cutting through the hundreds of hours that have been taped so far to extract the funniest moments.
"I don't think Anna Nicole could tell a joke if her life depended on it," he says. "What's funny about her is how she sort of relates to the world outside of her home.
"She's sort of naive and she speaks anything that comes off the top of her head."
Smith, is the first in a long line of celebs — including bizzaro couple Liza Manelli and David Guest - who hope to reproduce the magic wrought last spring by The Osbournes.
E! producers admit The Anna Nicole Show was inspired by the success of The Osbournes and have been rushing to get the show on the air before other Osbourne clones.
Like The Osbournes the new show comprises a cast of wacky real-life characters who are part of the star's life.
Among them are Howard K. Stern, her lawyer ("Not the naughty one," Smith says), her 16-year-old son Daniel, purple-haired personal assistant Kimmie Walther and the former Guess model's four-year-old, black toy poodle, Sugar Pie, who's so attached to a stuffed teddy bear that he refuses to leave Smith's side without it.
"We probably have enough right now for about seven shows," says Shore. "We're still shooting with her everyday." E! has asked for about 13 episodes so far.