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Older sister Jessica Simpson skyrocketed to fame with a reality show, and now that Ashlee is engaged and reportedly pregnant, she may be getting a second shot at reality TV.
By The Scoop
msnbc.com
updated 4/29/2008 10:36:35 PM ET 2008-04-30T02:36:35

The reality apple does not fall far from the tree, especially when you’re talking about the sisters Simpson. Jessica Simpson skyrocketed to fame thanks to “Newlyweds,” and it’s sounding like little sister Ashlee might be working on a similar deal now that she’s engaged and with child.

Joe Simpson, Ashlee’s dad and manager, is said to be the driving force behind the concept, according to OK! magazine. “Joe knows that no one cared about Jessica before her reality show, and he’s hoping a show for Ashlee will have the same effect,” a source close to Ashlee told the magazine.

A rep for Ashlee said this is “not true at all,” but other sources close to the sisters said they’ve heard similar talk. If the show were to happen, it wouldn't be one of its kind for Simpson. The first season of “The Ashlee Simpson Show” ran in the summer of 2004, and her first album, “Autobiography,” dropped a month into the show’s run and debuted at No. 1.

One record-industry insider said that the show definitely helps sales, and the Simpson camp will do whatever it takes to make sure Ashlee can be a success, even if that means turning the cameras back on. “She’s been struggling with record sales. Now that she’s really interesting again, a reality show could do wonders for her career. It’s a part of doing business for this family.”

Rosie O’Donnell weighs in on Miley photos
Rosie O’Donnell is weighing in on the Miley Cyrus fracas the best way she knows how: on her video blog. O’Donnell thinks people should “Leave Miley Cyrus alone” because the photos weren’t racy.

Video: Stars react to Miley photos “Listen, Annie Leibowitz — I had two photo shoots with her. You kind of do what she says. It's intimidating,” said O’Donnell. “I also didn’t think it was a pornographic photo in any capacity. I thought it was sort of a beautiful portrait. … I like the one of her and her dad, too. I don’t know. It’s Annie Leibowitz, people.”

For the record, Cyrus, Disney and Leibowitz have all apologized for any misunderstandings that might have occurred.

Zach Braff blogs about the fate of ‘Scrubs’
“Scrubs” star Zach Braff took to his MySpace celebrity blog to chat about “some big Scrubs news.” However what he can share — namely what network will be broadcasting the show — is still under wraps.

“I've just been informed that I'm not allowed to talk about anything related to Scrubs and its current fate,” Braff said. “What I can tell you is that we are currently shooting 18 episodes for the 8th season. I am not allowed to discuss where one might watch them. (More news to come.)”

Did you hear?
Edie Falco
and Jane Seymour both share stories of their “Live Makeovers” in the May issue of Health magazine. Falco talked about why she hid her cancer from “The Sopranos” set, saying, “It was very important for me to keep my diagnosis under the radar, even from the cast and crew of ‘The Sopranos,’ because well-meaning people would have driven me crazy asking, ‘How are you feeling?’ I would have wanted to say, ‘I’m scared, I don’t feel so good, and my hair is falling out!’ With the cancer a secret, I bucked up, put on my Carmela fingernails, and was ready to work.”

Seymour talked about performing on “Dancing With the stars” after her mother died. “I was on the set of ‘Dancing With the Stars’ when my husband told me that my mom had died. I completely fell apart. And I just threw all my grief into learning the tango. The televised performance was a global celebration of my mother.”

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