Ashlee Simpson is an actress now. Why not?

Since her sister’s acting career went so well, Ashlee Simpson has decided to return to her thespian roots – if a guest spot on 7th Heaven counts as roots. Only this time around she’s actually headlining a show, the CW’s reboot of Melrose Place. Personally, I would’ve held out for the inevitable Party of Five reboot, but we all can’t be geniuses. THR reports:

On the CBS Par-produced “Melrose,” Simpson-Wentz will play Melrose Place’s newest resident, Violet, a bright-eyed but shrewd small-town girl and recent L.A. transplant who has come to town with a secret.
Her character draws parallels to the original series’ blond, budding-Southern-belle starlet, Sandy Harling (Amy Locane).

OR the CW could cut me a check for the show’s entire budget, and in return, I’ll write a post about Smallville’s Tom Welling kicking a baby for a field goal. That is, if they actually want to come out ahead on this one. It’s their money.

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