Ashlee Simpson may be recording an album and starring in an MTV reality show, but she wants to clarify one thing: She is not copying her older sister. ''The show is about making a record, not being married,'' says Jessica Simpson's 19-year-old sibling. ''We're in different places.''
The series follows Ashlee as she makes the transition from actress (on The WB's ''7th Heaven'') to singer -- signing a deal with Geffen Records, writing songs, and cutting her teeth in the recording studio. The requisite conflict comes as Ashlee clashes with record execs over the album, which she says is influenced by Blondie and Pat Benatar but has ''a pop element.'' There's also some made-for-TV teen angst thrown in when Ashlee and her boyfriend of two years, an aspiring actor named Josh, break up -- and she uses it for lyric fodder. ''Even when I'm 30 I'll look back and remember my first love,'' she says. ''And now it's on tape.''
WHY WE'LL TUNE IN To find out if she'll come close to the huge success of her big sis -- or if she'll have a ''Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!''-style breakdown midseason.