The TV Gods have finally realized that Jessica Simpson’s real-life D’oh! moments are the stuff Emmy-winning sitcoms are made of.
The singer/actress/fashion maven — who famously questioned the difference between tuna and chicken — is teaming up with NBC and comedy writer Nick Bakay (voice of Salem, the Sabrina cat) to produce and star in a semi-autobiographical television comedy. Simpson, who is expecting her second child with fiance Eric Johnson, says she’s”excited” about the new project.
“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 Weight Watchers spokesmodel said of the project.
Jess’ previous acting credits include Dukes of Hazzard, Employee of the Month, That ’70s Show and Entourage. Her manager dad, “Papa” Joe Simpson, who has had his fair share of real life drama surrounding rumors about his sexuality, will also be involved in the show.
“We’re just now in the process of casting everyone, doing the pilot, I will be playing myself but we’ll have actors playing Eric and my dad. We don’t have a name yet.”
Producer Ben Silverman draws curious comparisons between America’s Ditziest Blonde and the World’s Most Famous Redhead; calling Simpson “a modern-day Lucy [Lucille Ball] with incredible comedic chops.”
“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.”
What do you think Jessica should call her new show?