Jessica Simpson will try to star in a comedy TV show about her life: bad idea?

I don’t really know what to think about this: Jessica Simpson has signed on to “star” in an NBC comedy pilot “inspired by her own life.” There’s so much wrong with that sentence, right? First of all, Jessica Simpson is not a good actress. At all. The idea of making her the star of a scripted network comedy is ridiculous. Secondly, if you want to watch Jessica Simpson be herself, just give her another reality show like Newlyweds. Don’t try to gussy it up into a scripted TV show! Third thing: she pregnant! Even if the pilot gets picked up for a season or half a season, what are the chances that Jessica is still going to want to do a TV show after she gives birth for a second time? Anyway, here’s more about this mess:

Ready for your closeup, Jess? Second-time mom-to-be Jessica Simpson is set to star in an NBC comedy pilot presentation inspired by her own her life, Deadline reports.

The project, which does not yet have a title, will be a fictionalized version of the singer-turned-actress-turned-fashion mogul’s colorful life in the public eye. It is being produced by Universal Television and Electus, the company behind Simpson’s other current TV series, Fashion Star.

“We are thrilled to team up with the multitalented Jessica Simpson to bring this new sitcom to life on NBC as she is truly a modern-day Lucy with incredible comedic chops,” Electus founder and chairman Ben Silverman said. “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.”

“I am so excited to work with Ben and NBC again, this time on a scripted comedy,” Simpson, 32, added of the semi-autobiographical venture. “I often find myself thinking that no one could ever make up the things that actually happen in my life, so between the real life elements and a great team of writers, I think we’ll have people laughing.”

The Hollywood Reporter notes that this is the singer’s second attempt at sitcom success. In 2004, ABC ordered a pilot called Jessica, which would have starred the blonde bombshell as a pop star-turned-TV news anchor. She has also appeared onscreen in the movies Employees of the Month and The Dukes of Hazzard, and as a guest star on Entourage and That ’70s Show.

This year is shaping up to be a big one for the Weight Watchers spokeswoman, both professionally and otherwise. In addition to working on the NBC pilot and Fashion Star, the Texas native is due to give birth to her second baby with fiance Eric Johnson. The couple welcomed their first child, daughter Maxwell, in May 2012.

[From Us Weekly]

Isn’t this what happened with Chelsea Handler too? NBC was like, “Oh, women like Chelsea Handler, we should make a sitcom about her life! And we’ll get Chelsea to star!” Thus, the epic disaster that was Are You There, Chelsea? Which was canceled in May of last year after only airing episodes from January to March 2012. I imagine the same thing will happen with this project.

Also: is anyone else insanely curious about whether or not they’ll give Jessica a laugh track or if they’ll make her fart her way through performing in front of an audience? Ha. It’s funny because she’s a walking health code violation.

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet, Jessica’s Twitter.

 

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  1. brin says:

    Ugh…a half hour of fart jokes? No thanks.

    • 'Sup? says:

      Well, I am not watching anything with Blimpson in it. I do not shop her crappy “fashion line” (the heels are cheap, overpriced made in China, feet deforming torture devices, she’d never wear the shiz she plasywrs her name on anyway) and have never ever listened to any of her bombing songs. I regret being exposed to her “is this chicken or tuna” tv commercial back when they were trying to shove Newlyweds brain cramping show.
      And NO They didn’t compare her to Lucy!!!??? WTH are they smoking? Her farts??? Just NO

  2. Rhea says:

    The show might be good if it’s a reality show, not a comedy tv show. I like her—she’s harmless—but I don’t think she can act even if her life depends on it.

  3. Maggie says:

    Sorry Jessica. Show about your father would be more interesting.

  4. Erinn says:

    “A comedy show about her life”
    Ah. So just like Newly Weds!

  5. I.want.shoes says:

    “Multitalented”?! You’re not multitalented just because you try your luck at singing, acting, weight loss, tv, etc. That’s called desperately looking for a way to make a living.

  6. Amory says:

    Haven’t we had enough of laughing at stupid people on tv?? She needs a new schtick – playing a blonde bimbo is not very appealing when you are in your 30s, the mother of two, and you no longer have the fresh face/cute figure.

    Of course, folks do seem to enjoy watching these reality people humiliate themselves, so I guess she’ll take the money to degrade herself a bit more.

  7. Str8Shooter says:

    Comedy show about her life???

    Why would a network have to produce anything like that? She is already a walking punchline.

    Go away, Bimbo Queen!

  8. Skins says:

    Nobody wants to see her sing, nobody wants to see her act. She should just focus on her new career, having babies, and making every cent she can off of them

  9. Skipper says:

    Is there anything more narcissistic than this? Thinking that you’re interesting enough to be on reality TV is bad enough, but thinking that your life is interesting enough to create a sitcom out of, starring you no less, is the worst. And yes there would be a laugh track, lots of references to tuna fish I’m sure, and Jessica’s kooky faces!

  10. Dawn says:

    This is a bad idea in my book. How she got so lucky as a so called designer is beyond me as well. Oh that’s right she just lends her name as a brand and then hires others to do her designing. I think she should just sit back and enjoy her millions and call it a day.

  11. OhDear says:

    Meh, the show will probably get cancelled within at most a year, but I can’t hate on her. Sure, she’s not particularly sharp, but she seems genuinely sweet and has a good sense of humor about herself. Unlike some of her peers, she doesn’t take advantage of people to remain famous.

  12. G says:

    Inexpicably, every one of Jessica’s “bad ideas” seem to make a ton of money.

  13. Sugar says:

    we do not need a “modern day” Lucy we don’t even need a she’s like a modern day Lucy. There will never be another Lucy so don’t even try to make it happen & Jess as another poster stated is no Lucy.

  14. hoya_chick says:

    Lol, who exactly are they targeting as an audience for this? She is a terrible actress and I am glad she gave up singing because she was terrible at that too. NBC has some of the worst programming on tv. Since 30 Rock officially ended I haven’t watched anything on that channel and this ‘sitcom’ won’t help matters.

  15. lucy2 says:

    This just sounds really, really dumb. It’s one of those shows that will be lucky if it gets to air, and they’ll just blow a lot of development money on it. Who wants to see this?

  16. Hautie says:

    I might be mistaken.

    But isn’t this the man who made this announcement, Ben Silverman, the same man that ran NBC into the ground? With all that horrible programming a couple of years ago.

    Which got him fired.

    But I am surprised that Jessica has not fired her Father. Because this seems like some dumb sh*t her Father would talk her into.

    It is not 2005. The girl has diversified.

    To me this is a step back. Because she is not a decent actor.

    She is harmless to me and has manage to build a brand for herself. Why try to go back to acting?

    All I can figure, is her Father is still out there hustling for his 10%.

    And the one thing Jessica could do is move to a better management team. Who has better judgement.

    One more outrageous flop for her, is going to do more damage to her other endeavors.

  17. Katija says:

    Didn’t Kirstie Alley and Lisa Kudrow do shows like this at some point? Lisa’s was funny cause it was REALLY fictionalized… in fact, now I’m thinking I’m remembering it wrong and it doesn’t even really fit in the “semi-autobiographical” category… but Kirstie Alley’s… damn that show was awful. I remember there was one funny scene at the very beginning where she was sobbing after weighing herself, and then it just got really, really stupid.

  18. scarlett says:

    I think this pilot has zero chance of being picked up even for a couple of episodes running in the summer when the Networks are on hiatus. No one is interested in her anymore except for the trials and tribulations of her weight gain and weight loss. I don’t even think people are really interested in her pregnancies. She should give up acting and singing..mediocre singer, zero talent as an actor…and start a maternity clothing line..especially since she’s been knocked up for two years

  19. Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

    She’s never had an idea in her life, she’s had a team.

  20. erika says:

    why does every celebrity think their life is just hilarious? self obsessed as always and NO i’m not watching it. i’ve said it again, when a celebrity gets WAY too much attention, and you hear/see about them 24/7 (tom cruise/katie in 2005) i just dropout, it’s too much…

    justlike all the twilight frnzy…