My dear internet friends, I really hoped I could come to you with news of a fabulous revelation in the television industry. A revelation that maybe…people don’t want to watch mindless drivel every week. That maybe, just maybe, television could be good again. Riveting story-lines! Emmy-award winning acting! INTELLIGENT SOMETHING.
Alas, no. None of that. Not even close.
Yesterday NBC announced that Jessica Simpson, currently pregnant with her second bebeh, will be piloting her own sitcom, which is said to be “autobiographical” in nature. And just to make sure this will go off without a hitch, the pilot will be written by Nick Bakay, whose personal canon includes authoring Paul Blart: Mall Cop and Zookeeper (which both sadly starred Kevin James).
Go ahead. I’ll wait for the collective groan of discontent to subside.
“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,” executive producer Ben Silverman said.
Don’t even get me started with this guy’s comparison of Lucille Ball to Ms. Simpson. I mean, REALLY?
Let’s see here…Simpson’s “comedic chops” include 1) playing herself in her reality show Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica, and 2) playing a dumb blonde (displaying her stunning breadth of character as an actress!) in movies like The Dukes of Hazard. So basically, if she’s being herself, or portraying a dumb blonde, she’s got the part! Looks like this new sitcom will cover both.
The idea of someone hilarious playing themselves is not new to TV comedy, of course — think Jerry Seinfeld in Seinfeld, Larry David in Curb Your Enthusiasm, Louis CK in Louie – but those instances all have one thing in common: THEY’RE ACTUAL COMEDIANS.
What do you think of this? Bad idea, or would you tune in?