Jessica Simpson headed for Studio 60?

Pop star Jessica Simpson, currently in the film Employee of the Month, may or may not be slated to appear on NBC's Aaron Sorkin drama Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. According to Life and Style magazine, she is. According to NBC and Simpson's representative, she isn't.

The show follows a fictional late-night sketch comedy show, and Simpson would play herself as a musical guest. Past musical guests on the show-within-the-show have been Sting and Three Six Mafia.

Life says the episode is scheduled for the November sweeps period, and NBC is hypothetically hoping Simpson's appearance will goose the show's ratings. Since its September 18 premiere, Studio 60 has lost over 30 percent of its audience.

According to the magazine, Sorkin wrote the part especially for Simpson. The remaining fans of Studio 60 may find that fact to be a bitter irony, as the show's pilot began with a scathing evisceration of network television and its need to pander to the lowest common denominator.

Whether Simpson actually appears on the show remains to be seen.

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love the show, but not jessica. please, don't bring her on
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"I don't like her but I hope she can at least bring a few million in. It's a shame people will watch Csi: Miami and What about Brian over an Intelligent Drama."



Studio 60 is good but it's no more intelligent than any other show.
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I like Studio 60, but Jessica Simpson? ::yawn::
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Though I don't care for Jessica Simpson, this is actually a step in the right direction. I've tried to watch this show but the carpet don't match the drapes. The show is set in Los Angeles and yet they ignore frenetic nature of the entertainment culture there. Sorkin/Schlamme thought they could dump "The West Wing" and "Sports Night" into LA, but that's the shows biggest flaw. Where's the weirdness,the A.D.D.- (as the Red Hot Chili Peppers put it) the Californication?



This show is an ill-begotten mess that preaches to the converted (critics who love Sorkin's gift for dialogue and fans of the West Wing).



Someone needs to refer Sorkin to the movie "The Player" and the shows "Entourage" and "Vegas" to get the environment right.
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If you tune out just because you dislike Jessica Simpson, please, don't tune in ever. It is sad they decided to make this news.
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I don't like her but I hope she can at least bring a few million in. It's a shame people will watch Csi: Miami and What about Brian over an Intelligent Drama.
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Dink-n-Flicka, Studio 60 isn't on opposite any game shows so your argument is stupid. And Arrested Development should've been canned after a few episodes given its ratings, so you should feel lucky that you got more than that.



Anyway, Ms. Simpson is a loser and her appearing on the show will do nothing more than make more people tune out.
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I hope this show gets the axe. Remember Will & Grace? I loved that show, it was great, but I couldn't stand their constant relying on big name stars. Granted Jessica isn't a big name star as much as she is eye candy, but still, they're trying to get more male viewers. They've even said they wanted more male viewers in the past, and this is what they think will help. But in the end, we all know that Kevin Reilly is a blithering idiot with no taste in television.
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Here comes the shark!

Well maybe Sorkin will put a funny and hugely ironic spin on her appearance on the show within the show, like showing foolish producers booking her in a desperate attempt to boost their ratings.
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Well, thats it. The "fat lady sings" as far as I'm concerned now. I love the show, thought it was fresh and interesting, but this just relegates it into the category of "grasping at straws." How anyone associated with this show ever thought that putting "not at all interesting, no talent, egocentric and grating" Ms Simpson in an episode was going to help is beyond me. Unless of course the story arch revolves around Matt and Danny wanting to put up a re-run rather than work a show around this "puffed up, self-absorbed, airhead." Now that could have legs.

If it is just to try and grab ratings for the sake of ratings, I anticipate others (such as myself) will take this as evidence that the fat lady has sung (and I admit here and now, Jessica is not fat, but I'm using a metaphor with relation to opera, oh, forget it, if you didn't get that already you are probably a Jessica Simpson fan and there's no hope for you anyway) and stop viewing.

If that last paragraph makes sense to you, then you probably enjoy Studio 60 as much as I do.
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bawcrap
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What a shame that this great show will probably be cancelled because the majority of Americans would rather watch stupid gameshows. I don't care what they do to keep it on the air as long as the writing doesn't suffer. One of the funniest shows ever, Arrested Development, was barely given a chance to flourish so anything can happen. I don't know who has those Neilsen boxes but they don't represent me (thank dog!)
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OMG, what is wrong with everyone jessica simpson is a great actress. I know you remember from that dukes of hazard movie, wow what a difficulty it must have been to wear daisy duke's and flaunt her chest around bravo. She's going to kill any shred of dignity this show has. The show is boring, if D.L. Hughley wasen't in it I wouldn't watch.
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I love Studio 60. But people who don't watch it aren't going to tune in to see Jessica Simpson. And having her as a cheap media stunt just insults the actual fans of the show.



Shame on you, NBC... Because I know this was probably your idea.
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ugh.

I've stuck with the show since the first episode.....but I think I'll skip this one (or at least fast forward through her scenes)
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I love this show... but im sorry... She is a horrible actor.

If this is for sweeps... this show may be in trouble. And I hope not cuz I love it.

But one thing I would like to know is... since this airs in Canada a day early... has any of the 30% that has dropped from watching on Monday night, watching it on Sunday night?
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How is this supposed to help their ratings?
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Studio 60 is the best new show of the season this year. I dont see adding simpson as a major ratings booster but I doubt Sorkin thought of the idea for that reason anyway... Great show, just a shame more people dont watch one of the few well writen, well acted, intelegent shows on TV and instead watch pathetic crap like The Class and What About Brian
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Having Jessica on the show won't make the ratings rocket' probably make them sink even lower.
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I'm not much of a fan of Studio60 so I'm still not going to watch that episode just to see Jessica.
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I think that the show is fine the way that it is. Just because a show is good doesn't always mean that it will be a hit. If the show gets cancelled, then oh well. I'm just going to enjoy the show for as long as it is on the air.



I especially like the ending of the article where Colin Mahan wrote:



"The remaining fans of Studio 60 may find that fact to be a bitter irony, as the show's pilot began with a scathing evisceration of network television and its need to pander to the lowest common denominator."
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Who likes this girl anyways?
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I've stopped watching the show as i'll be suprised if it gets a second season frankly. If this show hadn't been written by Sorkin then it'd have been axed already and Simpsons appearance is just delying the inevitable
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ratings are going down...
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It might help if they kill her on stage.... I'd tune in for that. But what would really help the shows on NBC is if the network would actually advertise their shows... and I don't mean promos at 2AM after Conan. The promos they do show are targeted at people who have already seen the show. They need to draw in new people. Get a new team on those ads!
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Ugh I've been watching Studio 60 but I think I will give that episode a miss. I don't rate Jessica Simpson very highly.

But if this can help the show in the long run, maybe it's not such a bad thing.
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I love this show! its good!
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The pilot episode of this series had me shoving two fingers uncontrollably down my throat, but the show has arguably gotten much better since. Ms. Simpson's appearance will likely attract that oh-so-desired under-39 demographic and, if the ratings are as they seem, this will encourage the network to continue the series.



I wouldn't mind seeing "Studio 60" at least finish its first season.
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Still doesn't make me want to tune in..
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That won't help lol lol
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think its going to do more harm than good myself, but anything is worth a try i guess :S

it's a good sign that its still scheduled during sweeps though
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This looks like a stunt to help push more people away.
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Good luck ,I hope it will deliver
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