10.23.09 9 years ago 17 Comments

It’s been a surprisingly heartening week for TV news. First “Sons of Anarchy” beat Jay Leno in the ratings, and now Ashlee Simpson has been fired from “Melrose Place.” Not that that matters, since she’s a terrible actress on a terrible show, but it’s a nice bookend to the extra good news that Sarah Shahi has been given another leading role.

Shahi has landed the lead in USA Network’s pilot “Facing Kate,” lifting the contingency off the project.

The pilot, produced by Universal Cable Prods., centers on Kate (Shahi), a divorced San Francisco woman who leaves her job as a lawyer to become a mediator.

It absolutely infuriates me that everybody reading this post knows who Ashlee Simpson is, yet many of you have likely never heard of Shahi. She’s a former Dallas Cowboy cheerleader who most recently starred in “Life,” and before that she was on “The L Word” and had little roles in everything from “The Sopranos” to Old School. And while she’s not the second coming of Meryl Streep, she’s definitely a way better actress than Ashlee Simpson and — equally if not more important — 800 brazilian times better looking. Seriously, this fame discrepancy makes me want to line up the editors of every gossip magazine in America and punch each one of them in the throat.

Well I’m not gonna let this stand. Below: the absurd amount of sexiness that we deserve to make up for Ashlee Simpson’s fame.

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