Jessica Simpson to star in semi-autobiographical NBC comedy pilot

Jessica Simpson visits Dillard's at International Plaza in support of the Jessica Simpson Collection on Nov. 17, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Jessica Simpson Collection

Jessica Simpson is getting her own sitcom.

NBC has ordered a comedy pilot presentation starring the actress-singer that will be inspired by her life.

Universal Television and Electus, which produces Simpson's reality series "Fashion Star," are producing the new project, Deadline reports. Nick Bakay ("Paul Blart: Mall Cop") will pen the pilot's script.

"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," Electus founder and chairman Ben Silverman said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "From running a fashion empire to wrangling her public image as a new mom, we see Jessica's character approach a variety of 'everyday' circumstances that will get audiences laughing out loud."

Simpson, 32, added, "I am so excited to work with Ben and NBC again, this time on a scripted comedy. 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!"

This is the second attempt at a Simpson-centric scripted show. THR reports that ABC attempted a similar project titled "Jessica" in 2004, which would have starred Simpson as a pop star-turned-TV news anchor. The network ordered the sitcom to pilot but it never made it to broadcast.

Simpson is no stranger to television. Her marriage to singer Nick Lachey was documented on the MTV reality series "Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica," which ran for three seasons. She also starred on "Jessica Simpson: The Price of Beauty" before becoming a mentor on NBC's "Fashion Star." Her acting credits include the films "The Dukes of Hazzard," "Employee of the Month" and appearances on "Entourage" and "That '70s Show."

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