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Jessica Simpson is getting her own sitcom! (Again!)
In 2004, back in her Chicken-of-the-Sea-chomping days of early reality stardom, Simpson filmed a half hour comedy pilot for ABC, called Jessica. It went nowhere. But now that she's a perennial gossip mag cover girl, fashion designer, and a somewhat experienced TV personality (having hosted VH-1's The Price of Beauty and mentored contestants on NBC's Fashion Star), she's getting a second chance at primetime comedy.
The show will be about…being Jessica Simpson. "I often find myself thinking that no one could ever make up the things that actually happen in my life," she said in a statement. During her appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, she talked more about the show: "I will be playing myself, which is pretty easy," she said. "There's lots of things that happen in my life that I'm like, 'People have to know about this!'" she chirped. Watch the full interview here:
For the project, Simpson has signed on with Electus, the production company behind Fashion Star. We'll have to wait for more details about the show, which doesn't yet have a name, but we have some clues: "From running a fashion empire to wrangling her public image as a new mom, we see Jessica’s character approach a variety of 'everyday' circumstances that will get audiences laughing out loud,” said Electus chairman Ben Silverman. He also called Simpson a "modern-day Lucy" (as in Lucille Ball of I Love Lucy.)
Based on those hints, here are some possible plot scenarios for Simpson's new show:
-Jessica has an important interview with a late night talk show host, but in the greenroom beforehand, she faces a seemingly insurmountable problem. She can't squeeze her gigantic breasts into her teeny-tiny dress! Pratfalls and other physical comedy result as her husband, assistant and makeup artist all try to help cover her up in time for the live interview!
-In an effort to make her soon-to-be husband feel special, Jessica has just told him a little white lie. "I've only slept with one other guy before you," she purrs into his ear. The next morning, the internet is buzzing with quotes from John Mayer in Playboy. One headline reads, "Jessica is like sexual napalm!" Johnson (comedically) blows up, grabs his pillow and camps out on the couch. How will Jessica win him back? Oh, that zany girl will think of something!
Wow, come to think of it, Jessica's right! No one could make this stuff up. Listen up, sitcom writers! Apply now, because this just may be the easiest job you'll ever have!