Do We Really Need Jessica Simpson’s Semi-Autobiographical NBC Comedy?

The Hollywood Reporter reports that Jessica Simpson is set to star in a semi-autobiographical comedy for NBC. It also says that the currently unnamed magnum opus will be written by Robin and Nick Bakay, the geniuses behind Paul Blart: Mall Cop and the Fox sitcom ‘Til Death, which magically lasted 4 seasons.

While I like Jessica Simpson, she is best left to designing clothing and her series Fashion Star. The last time Jessica had a show where she played herself, she gave the world Newlyweds, which resulted in her divorce from Nick Lachey. There was also the “chicken or tuna” comment, which either proves she’s really stupid or just acts like it. Let’s give her the benefit of the doubt. It’s an act. She’s secretly a member of Mensa. It still does not excuse Producer Ben Silverman’s comment to The Hollywood Reporter: “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.”

Clearly, Ben Silverman has lost his mind. You may find Jessica amusing, but she is not Lucille Ball and never will be in the same league. Silverman appears to be willfully ignoring the dismal history of 90s pop stars bombing when they star in anything other than their music videos. The 10 people who saw Chrstina Aguilera in Burlesque and the 5 people who saw Britney Spears in Crossroads can attest to it. Who knows, maybe Silverman’s comment will be justified in 50 years when “I Love Jessica” airs on TV Land.

Given that Jessica Simpson is probably not the greatest actress, supplying her with the mastermind behind Paul Blart: Mall Cop isn’t doing her any favors. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film is “rotten” with a positive rating of 33 percent. Granted, the film still has triple the rating than anything Uwe Boll has done and was a box office success, which means there is some hope that the show won’t be terrible. However, based on NBC’s track record, the show will either fail miserably or get inexplicably renewed like Whitney.

About Allison Lips

I am the editor and founder of "Wait! What's a Dial?". I graduated from Rowan University with degrees in both Radio/TV/Film and Journalism.

Posted on January 17, 2013, in Comedy, NBC, Network Television, Primetime, Sitcoms and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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