Forget Weight Watchers — Jessica Simpson has a new post-pregnancy project. The pop star, designer, “Fashion Star” host, and soon-to-be mom of two announced today that she’ll be returning to TV in an NBC sitcom based on her life.
“I often find myself thinking that no one could ever make up the things that actually happen in my life,” Simpson said in a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, “so between the real life elements and a great team of writers, I think we’ll have people laughing!”
Electus and Universal Television will co-producing the yet-to-be named series, and Simpson will serve as an executive producer. In a statement, Electus chairman Ben Silverman called Simpson a “modern-day Lucy,” presumably referring to Lucille Ball.
“We are thrilled to team up with the multi-talented Jessica Simpson to bring this new sitcom to life on NBC as she is truly a modern-day Lucy with incredible comedic chops,” he 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.”
Early 2000s MTV aficionados will remember Simpson’s first stint on TV, starring in “Newlyweds” with her then-husband Nick Lachey. She famously got confused about the contents of a can of Chicken of the Sea. The show lasted three seasons, and she and Lachey divorced not long after the last episode aired in 2005.
What do you think — would you watch Simpson simply being Simpson?