NBC Compares Jessica Simpson To Lucille Ball, Announces New Scripted Series For Former Pop Star.
From popping out babies to popping out shoe lines (and a few songs in between), Jessica Simpson is nothing if not active. And now it seems she'll be stretching her humorous chops, too, adding the title of “comedic actor” to her resume.
The 32-year-old singer-turned-reality-star-turned-actor is set to star in a new scripted NBC pilot loosely based on her life, TV Guide reported earlier this week. Simpson then confirmed that news last night during an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
“There are lots of things that happen in my life that I'm like, 'People have to know about this!” she said.
This latest announcement comes months after Simpson publicly lost her Weight Watchers endorsement deals due to an unexpected pregnancy with her second child. Said Simpson in her defense: “He [her fiance, former NFL tight end Eric Johsnon] keeps knocking me up!”
Simpson's as-yet-untitled sitcom is still in the works — it was just approved by NBC higher-ups as a “presentation,” which is basically a step below a “pilot,” and the show is currently casting actors to play both Simpson's father and her fiance.
“I will be playing myself, which is pretty easy,â€ Simpson told Leno.
Simpson rose to TV stardom after her MTV reality show, Newlyweds, took off in 2003. That show centered on Simpson's now-failed marriage to former boy band member Nick Lachey. Simpson previously attempted to make the leap into scripted television in 2004 with her ill-fated ABC show called Jessica. That show would have revolved around a pop-star-turned-news-anchor and her daily hijinks, but was mercifully canceled after the pilot was taped.
While NBC executives rave that Simpson is a “modern-day Lucy,” referencing the great Lucille Ball, only time will tell if the show, which is said to be a “Curb Your Enthusiasm-style” venture, will be successful. Seeing as how the pilot is being written by Nick Bakay of Paul Blart: Mall Cop and Zookeeper fame, though, we wont be holding our breath.