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Nicole Richie scores an ABC sitcom -- with a 'South Park'/'30 Rock' writer

December 1, 2009 |  7:26 am

34235242 Multitask alert: Adorable mom, boho designer and recovering reality-TV star Nicole Richie has made one serious resume upgrade. Lionel's daughter nabbed herself a half-hour scripted sitcom on ABC, reports Variety.

Richie conceived the project and will take a producer credit along with starring in the comedy, which is -- shock -- about a woman balancing her professional and family life.

"Lately, I have been surrounded by many different women of all ages and walks of life. It amazes me to watch and observe how many different ideas there are about what a woman’s role should be in this era," Richie said on her official site.

"I’ve taken these fascinating ideas and compiled them into something that I think will be very special (and funny!)"

Richie got big laughs in her breakout role as Paris Hilton's sidekick on Fox's "The Simple Life." Since then, she's enjoyed guest roles on "Chuck," "8 Simple Rules" and "American Dreams." 

Richie lives with boyfriend Joel Madden and their two kids, newborn son Sparrow and daughter Harlow, who turns 2 in January.

-- Matt Donnelly

Photo: Nicole Richie flashes her best prime-time smile. She should fare pretty well -- her head writer is Daisy Gardner of "30 Rock." Credit: David Livingston / Getty Images.