Nicole Richie pitches and lands her own sitcom


Nicole Richie is already a “writer” and a very successful designer. (I don’ t think she likes to call herself a “socialite” anymore). And she’s a mom to two young kids. Even by Hollywood standards, she’s got a good deal on her plate. But that isn’t stopping her from trying to officially become an actress. She’s created a sitcom that’s been picked up by ABC, and it sounds like it has the potential to be decent. So far the plot that they’ve discussed sounds really generic, but it’s in its early phases and still vague. And they’ve got good writers and producers attached, which means it could end up being good.

If you thought Nicole Richie’s reality show was a bit too scripted, what about a scripted show that seems true to life? The Hollywood socialite, 28, is developing an ABC sitcom in which she would both star and produce. Variety says the show will use a single camera, and the concept was Richie’s idea.

Daisy Gardner (Californication) is due to write it, while Warren Bell (According to Jim) will executive produce and supervise the pilot script, reports the trade paper.

“The story revolves around a young, modern and professional woman who must balance her business and family relationships,” Richie writes on her Web site. “She must deal with, and navigate the many ideas of what a woman’s role is: modern vs. traditional.” The mother of two says she’ll use what she sees in her real life to create the show. (Besides this ABC project, Richie is at work on her second novel, not to mention the unveiling of her clothing and shoe labels).

“Lately, I have been surrounded by many different women of all ages and walks of life. It amazes me to watch and observe how many different ideas there are about what a woman’s role should be in this era,” she writes.

“I’ve taken these fascinating ideas, and compiled them into something that I think will be very special (and funny!). We’re still in the very early stages and I can’t wait to share more with you soon!”

[From People]

The whole, “The story revolves around a young, modern and professional woman who must balance her business and family relationships,” sounds insanely dull and like something that’s been done (blandly) about a hundred times. But Nicole is known for her edgy (and sometimes way too over the line) sense of humor, which was often displayed on “The Simple Life.” We haven’t heard about much of her bad behavior in a long time, but maybe if she still has that in her, she could bring some spunk and fire to the show. But right now everything she’s said sounds like she’s playing it safe, and to rather dull effect. There are so few good sitcoms on anymore, but it seems like people are missing them and there are a few new ones popping up every season. It’d be nice if Nicole did something to set hers apart so it actually stayed around, instead of going to ABC family friendly/every night is TGIF route.

Here’s Nicole at the March of Dimes 4th Annual Celebration of Babies at The Four Seasons Hotel on November 7th and with Joel Madden at the noble Awards held at the Beverly Hills Hilton on October 18th. Images thanks to .

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  1. Raven says:

    If she pulls this off, her former buddy Paris will be green with envy.

  2. Jillian says:

    I hope it works out for her. I’d watch it!

  3. Firestarter says:

    Good for her, I guess!

  4. SolitaryAngel says:

    This pisses me off; with all the GOOD TV shows being canceled right now–they want another piece-of-crap sitcom? Bitches, please. If you have to continue putting shows on the air, can’t they at least have some SUBSTANCE? :/

  5. Praise St. Angie! says:

    ya know, I never watched “The Simple Life”, but what I heard from my friends who did was that, though Paris was supposed to be the “star” of that show, Nicole was much funnier, more engaging, and more interesting to watch.

    I think the only thing I really had against Richie was that she was friends with Paris Hilton. and now, not so much it seems.

  6. Moore says:

    Not interested.

  7. Karin says:

    Oh please, is this really necessary?

    Can’t she stay out of the limelight (both for her hobbies, nay ‘work’ as well as her weight) forever?

    Well, one can dream…

  8. Green Is Good says:

    Like this premise hasn’t been done to death.”The New Adventures of Old Christine” springs to mind. Then there’s a couple on the Lifetime channel.

    I agree with SolitaryAngel. So many quality shows get shit-canned if they don’t score big ratings fast enough. But they’re going hand Nicole Ritchie a show, all gifted-wrapped. Yet another “hobby” for her to indulge in.

  9. Sumodo says:

    In my mind, she’s already topped her old pal, who probably is sticking pins in a voodoo doll right…about…NOW!

  10. alli says:

    sounds good! i want to see it!

  11. princess pea says:

    There’s not a lot to go on, so I’ll wait to judge. I think Nic is funny; there’s potential here.

    Look at some of the great sitcoms out there… if you summed them up into a pitch line, they’d sound simple and stupid, too. And frankly, a lot of shows that could have been awesome based on their summaries turned out to suck dirt. What it comes down to is the writing, direction, and performances. If those are good, the show will be good, clever concept or no.

  12. lucy2 says:

    It does bug me that good shows with talented people get canceled and a celeb can get a deal like that, but on the other hand, she has turned her life around big time, it seems. She seems to have sobered up and grown up, and ditched the morons like Paris.

  13. anonymous says:

    i love her and am really glad she turned her life around.
    But this doesn’t really sound funny. But I’m hoping it will be. Although I’m glad she’s more mature and a good mom, I started liking her because of the rediculously raunchy and very dry sense of humor she had on Simple Life. I know she won’t, but I wish she would make a sitcom in that vein.

  14. anna says:

    Ok Nicole Richie – spawn of Paris Hilton fame- great she got a sitcom, blah blah… but exactly HOW is she surrounded by women of all ages and “walks of life?”

    what what?

  15. Ruby Red Lips says:

    I really like Nicole Richie – not sure why, maybe because she has turned her life around and is a responsible mother who is no longer a drugged out media attention seeker.

  16. Praise St. Angie! says:

    “Look at some of the great sitcoms out there… if you summed them up into a pitch line, they’d sound simple and stupid, too.”

    reminds me of “Seinfeld”…that little show that was “about nothing”.

    and “Cheers”…a former alcoholic owns a bar…almost EVERY episode took place IN the bar, too…and yet it was one of the funniest and highest rated shows.

  17. Steve says:

    She was on a reality show years ago and has a famous father…how exactly does that make her an actress and producer??? Someone at ABC definitely has their head up their ass…

  18. Beth says:

    Just because it’s Nicole Richie doesn’t mean it will be a bad show. I liked her when she was on “Chuck”. Also I don’t think her fashion lines are just a hobby. She takes it very seriously. And Nicole is hardly in tabloids. She’s almost always with her kids. I don’t see her leaving nightclubs at 3AM or shopping all of the time. She really turned her life around.

  19. gia says:

    Snorefest! She is an untalented, annoying little creep, I cant believe people actually fall for this crap. So, she stopped “partying” & turned her life around, big deal, thats what happens to most people with half brain when its time to grow up. I am tired of her getting credit for doing absolutely nothing original.

  20. Gypsy says:

    I have no hate for her, in fact I wish her all the luck.
    To the doubters, you should ask yourselves how many screen plays, SitCom scripts or novels you have written, she could have just stayed an heiress, but instead she chose to contribute.

  21. TwinkleToes says:

    she was better than paris on that show but a follower without her own style. she tried to become lithe and thin like paris even though she has big bones. not a leader, a follower, and i can’t stand a follower.

  22. Max says:

    Yeah, real original.

    I have an idea for a show where a family moves in next to a wacky neighbor. There lots of wackiness and of course zany hijinks, but along the way, we learn some lessons about life and love.

    You people are morons.

  23. ViktoryGin says:

    Though the whole no-talent-to rub-between-two fingers in Hollywood is exhausting, I have to admit that because of her seeming about face Richie is generating in me something that resembles “not hatred”….so we’ll see.

  24. Lita says:

    “Instead she chose to contribute” – this isn’t like starting a shelter for battered puppies or something!

  25. la chica says:

    and Monk got canceled. go figure. grrrrr…….

  26. Prissa says:

    LOL @ MAX :0)

  27. someone says:

    This just makes me lose respect for ABC. I can’t believe they would waste time and money on this project. This show will get canned quick. It doesn’t matter how many damn kids she has or if she hasn’t been in jail THIS year, the american public isn’t going to guy Nicole Richie as career women, especially on a family channel like ABC. Also, how can she say this show is based on her life? How does her playing an everyday business woman reflect her real life in any way? ABC must be so desperate because nothing else explains this. Actress and Producer my ass. Give a real actress trying to get a break in her career this job instead, this is stupid. She can’t pull it off.