Jessica Simpson may be down two TV jobs now.
Earlier this year, the 33-year-old singer turned reality star was in talks to star in a scripted NBC comedy series loosely based on her life, with exec producer Ben Silverman even describing the mom of two as "a modern-day Lucy with incredible comedic chops."
"I am so excited to work with Ben and NBC again, this time on a scripted comedy," Simpson told The Hollywood Reporter at the time. "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."
But when NBC announced its fall 2013 lineup, there was no mention of a Simpson sitcom, although six other new comedies are slated to debut. Sadly, the buzz around Simpson's pilot has simply stopped, which means we may not be seeing the woman who once took "That '70s Show" by storm back on the small screen any time soon.
Watch a clip of Simpson on "That 70's Show" below:
Because not only have Simpson's sitcom plans stalled — NBC has also lost its passion for her fashion. The network's entertainment chairman, Bob Greenblatt, told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour on Saturday that design competition show "Fashion Star" has been canceled after two seasons. Simpson starred on the fashion-themed reality series, along with Nicole Richie and menswear designer John Varvatos.
The show was given a makeover for its second season when British model Louise Roe replaced Elle Macpherson as host and fashion retailer Express took over for H&M on the buyers' panel. Additionally, Simpson, Richie, and Varvatos had a more hands-on role in mentoring the competitors as they vied to have their designs sold in Saks, Macy's, and Express stores.
But the show's ratings dipped significantly over its short run, with the May 10 finale drawing only 2.5 million viewers and a 0.5 rating, a drop of more than 2 million viewers from the series' first-season finale.
Take a look at an interview with Simpson for "Fashion Star" here:
While fashionistas may be sad over the demise of the show (low ratings are never in style), the joke may actually be on Simpson, who seems to be out of two jobs now.
Of course, the Simpson sitcom scenario may have been doomed from the get-go. In 2004, a comedy pilot starring Simpson was rejected by ABC (her character's name on that show was to be Jessica Sampson — ugh!), with an ABC exec saying the genre "wasn't the best use" of the pop singer's talent.
And let's face it: While it makes sense to have Simpson star in a fashion-based reality series (she has her own fashion line and she's a reality TV trailblazer, thanks to her old MTV show "Newlyweds"), trying to market her as a modern day Lucille Ball was a stretch. There's only one Lucy, and to insinuate anything more is no laughing matter.
Check out our "Stars at the Television Critics Association Summer 2013 Press Tour" gallery:
- Arts & Entertainment
- Jessica Simpson