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Jessica Simpson Inks Sitcom Deal With ABC


11-10-03 Keavin
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Update: Pop singer Jessica Simpson has signed on for not one, but two TV shows. She has has signed a development deal with ABC to produce a new sitcom. Simpson’s father and manger Joe Simpson and former ABC Entertainment President Ted Harbert will executive produce the new comedy. She has also inked a deal for a second season of her hit MTV reality show "Newlyweds", which will air in 2004. 

"Jessica has infectious energy and unmistakable star quality," said ABC Entertainment President Susan Lyne. "She also has a built-in fan base in both music and television, which is a great jumping off point for us. We're looking forward to developing the ideal showcase for her considerable talents." 

The 23-year-old singer has made minor headlines with some of her blond moments on the MTV reality show “Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica," which stars Simpson and her husband Nick Lachey (98 Degrees). The most famous moment came during the series opener when Simpson asked her new husband what she was eating, "Is this chicken, what I have, or is this fish. I know it's tuna, but it says 'Chicken by the Sea.'"

Another blond moment came when she refused to eat buffalo wings by claiming "I don't eat buffalo”. 

Simpson is also said to be in line to star in a film version of the 60’s sitcom “I Dream of Jeanie”. 

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