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News Briefs: NBC Is Trying to Make Jessica Simpson a Star Again

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REMEMBER HER? NEWS

... NBC is developing a sitcom starring Jessica Simpson, a relic who once dominated the headlines of ditzy gossip magazines. Simpson would play a version of herself in a "Curb Your Enthusiasm-style look at her life." NBC has asked for a pilot presentation, meaning the network will film bits and pieces to get a feel for the show before NBC makes a decision. Producer Ben Silverman, the same man who joyrode NBC for a short while before driving it off a cliff, said he sees a Lucille Ball quality in Simpson, meaning that Ball apparently had bigger tits than I remember because THERE IS NO WAY THAT COMPARISON SHOULD EVER BE MADE THANK YOU. [TV Guide]


BUSINESS DECISIONS THAT AFFECT YOU

... In the grand tradition of basic cable-networks sticking one person with a name with another person with another name, TNT has ordered the pilot previously known as King and Maxwell to series. The drama follows a pair of private investigators, played by Jon Tenney and Rebecca Romijn, and is based on characters created by author David Baldacci. It's also worth noting that Ryan Hurst, Sons of Anarchy's Opie, is also in the cast, so yay! [Deadline Hollywood]

... ABC has shuffled Happy Endings and Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23 again, removing both from their 10pm Sunday-night slots. It was a stupid idea to begin with, and the series-low ratings the Sunday airings received confirmed as much. The shows will still air in their normal Tuesday-night time periods (both shows have been airing twice a week). Replacing the comedies on Sunday night will be Shark Tank repeats. None of this ever made sense, and I suspect it never will. [Deadline Hollywood]

... TNT has passed on its pilot Trooper, starring Mira Sorvino as a mom who decides to become a state trooper. If it sounds familiar, it should: The project was originally on CBS's development plate and in contention for this year's schedule. [Deadline Hollywood]


RATINGS (EVEN THOUGH THEY DON'T TOTALLY MATTER)

... Yesterday marked the debut of The CW's The Carrie Diaries, and... it didn't do too great. The Sex and the City prequel averaged 1.6 million viewers and pulled in a 0.6 rating in the adult demo. Compare that to Arrow's impressive premiere (4 million, 1.3 rating) last October, and you'll understand why CW execs didn't tip their baristas this morning. [EW]


CASTING NEWS

... Private Practice's Audra McDonald will guest-star on The Good Wife. She'll play Alicia's old nemesis from law school, and the two will go against each other in the courtroom in this sitcom storyline. [THR]

... Somebody handsome named Scott Foley (Grey's Anatomy, I'm told) will join the cast of ABC's Scandal toward the end of the current season. No word on who he'll play yet, but he'll be handsome you can bet your sweet ass on that. [TV Line]



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