Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica

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Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica
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Titlecard
Format Reality television
Starring Nick Lachey
Jessica Simpson
Opening theme "This I Swear" by Nick Lachey
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 41
Production
Running time 23 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel MTV
Original run August 19, 2003 (2003-08-19) – March 30, 2005 (2005-03-30)

Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica is a reality television show that was produced and aired by MTV and MuchMusic.[1] It followed the marriage of then husband and wife Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson. The show first aired in August 2003 and ran three seasons, with 41 episodes in total. The last season started on January 26, 2005, and the last episode aired on March 30, 2005.

Simpson and Lachey were married on October 26, 2002 and filed for divorce on December 16, 2005. On June 30, 2006 Jessica and Nick's divorce was finalized.[2]

Part of the show's gimmick involved displaying Simpson's naive personality, playing on the popular stereotype of "dumb blondes".[3] Perhaps the most famous example comes from the first episode, in which Simpson, confronted with a can of Chicken of the Sea tuna, asked Nick "Is this chicken, what I have, or is this fish? I know it's tuna, but it says [sic] 'Chicken... by the Sea'."

Origin and effects[edit]

Jessica Simpson's famous "Chicken or fish?" moment in the first episode of Newlyweds.

The show was originally intended for Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley after their marriage in 1994, but the couple decided not to continue with the project after the start of pre-production. It was shelved until 2002, when Jessica's father and manager, Joe Simpson, contacted MTV about producing a show starring his daughter and her new husband. [4][5]

When Simpson was originally asked why she chose to do such a show for MTV, she replied that it was good promotion for her new album [In This Skin]. The reality show, which coincided with the release of the album, at first did not help Simpson's album sales, as it debuted at #10 on the Billboard Charts and quickly fell down.

Season 1 DVD cover

However, over the span of the first season, Simpson's popularity began growing, as many of her "dumb blonde" antics gave her much publicity. By the close of 2003, Simpson and Lachey had both become household names. Simpson's label decided to release the second single "With You" to see how it would do on radio now that Simpson had become an A-Lister.[6][7] [8]

Simpson's third studio album, In This Skin, was released on August 19, 2003 to coincide with the series premiere of Newlyweds. In This Skin, debuted at number ten on the Billboard 200, with sales of 64,000 in its first week. The album quickly declined down the charts, failing to match the success of Simpson's previous efforts. By January 2004, the album had sold just 565,000 copies.[9] "With You" was released as the album's second single, largely in hopes that the song would revive In This Skin on the charts. In the United States, the song debuted at number sixty-five on the Billboard Hot 100, on the issue dated December 27, 2003.[10] In March 20, 2004, the single reached its peak position of number fourteen and stayed on the chart for twenty-three weeks. "With You" became Simpson's fourth top-forty single in the US and her second highest peak on the chart since "I Wanna Love You Forever" (1999).[10] The song also peaked at number one on Billboard Pop Songs chart and was her first number one on the chart.[10] Due to the strong sales, the single was certified Gold by RIAA for selling 500,000 copies.[11] In 2004, Columbia Records decided to re-release In This Skin with several new tracks in order to utilize the success of the singer. With "With You" on the top of the radio charts in February 2004, Simpson released her third single, "Take My Breath Away", as the first single from the new re-release. The re-release worked as In This Skin jumped to number two on the Billboard charts, selling over 157,000[12] copies that week. The album stayed in the top ten for eight non-consecutive weeks and stayed in the Top 100 for sixty-one weeks. The album spent a total of 75 weeks on the Billboard 200.[13] In December 2004, In This Skin was certified 3x Multi Platinum by the RIAA for sales more than 3 million copies only in U.S.[14][15] The album ranked the No. 14 in Billboard Year End Charts Albums 2004.[16] According to Simpson's biography, the album has sold 4 million copies in US, to date.[17]



After three and a half years of marriage and three seasons of the show, Nick and Jessica went their separate ways, divorcing in early 2006.[18][19]

Episode list[edit]

Season 1[edit]

Ep # Title Airdate
101 "Chicken of the Sea" August 19, 2003 (2003-08-19)
102 "The Dancers" August 26, 2003 (2003-08-26)
103 "Newlyweds Go Camping" September 2, 2003 (2003-09-02)
104 "Newlyweds Go Golfing" September 9, 2003 (2003-09-09)
105 "The Platypus" September 16, 2003 (2003-09-16)
106 "Buffalo Wings" September 23, 2003 (2003-09-23)
107 "Newlyweds Decorate" September 30, 2003 (2003-09-30)
108 "The Video Shoot" October 7, 2003 (2003-10-07)
109 "Newlyweds Birthday" October 14, 2003 (2003-10-14)
110 "Jessica Cooks Dinner" October 14, 2003 (2003-10-14)

Season 2[edit]

Ep # Title Airdate
201 "The Anniversary" January 24, 2004 (2004-01-24)
202 "Nick's 30th B-Day" January 28, 2004 (2004-01-28)
203 "The Newlyweds Shop" February 4, 2004 (2004-02-04)
204 "The French Language" February 11, 2004 (2004-02-11)
205 "The Duet" February 18, 2004 (2004-02-18)
206 "A Newlyweds Christmas" February 25, 2004 (2004-02-25)
207 "Jessica's 'Dessert'" March 3, 2004 (2004-03-03)
208 "Puppy Madness" March 10, 2004 (2004-03-10)
209 "The Newlyweds Vacation" March 17, 2004 (2004-03-17)
210 "Valentine's Day" March 24, 2004 (2004-03-24)

Season 2.5[edit]

Ep # Title Airdate
211 "CaCee Moves In" June 16, 2004 (2004-06-16)
212 "Mismatched Threesome" June 23, 2004 (2004-06-23)
213 "Celebrity Issues" June 30, 2004 (2004-06-30)
214 "Eye Surgery" July 7, 2004 (2004-07-07)
215 "Newlyweds Baby" July 14, 2004 (2004-07-14)
216 "The Kentucky Derby" July 21, 2004 (2004-07-21)
217 "Nick and Joe" July 28, 2004 (2004-07-28)
218 "The Traveling Newlyweds" August 4, 2004 (2004-08-04)
219 "Nick's Lawn" August 11, 2004 (2004-08-11)
220 "The Newlyweds" August 18, 2004 (2004-08-18)

Specials[edit]

Ep # Title Airdate
S01 "Happy Birthday Jessica, Love Nick" 2004 (2004)

Season 3[edit]

Ep # Title Airdate
301 "Newlyweds Two Year Anniversary" January 26, 2005 (2005-01-26)
302 "Jess Gets a Root Canal" February 2, 2005 (2005-02-02)
303 "Training Daisy" February 9, 2005 (2005-02-09)
304 "The Dukes of Hazzard" February 16, 2005 (2005-02-16)
305 "New Year's Eve" February 23, 2005 (2005-02-23)
306 "The Orange Bowl" March 2, 2005 (2005-03-02)
307 "Boys Weekend in Cabo" March 9, 2005 (2005-03-09)
308 "Newlyweds Together Again" March 16, 2005 (2005-03-16)
309 "The Valentine's Day Budget" March 23, 2005 (2005-03-23)
310 "Newlyweds Series Finale" March 30, 2005 (2005-03-30)

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/13588/newlyweds-nick-and-jessica-season-1/
  2. ^ http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,1053559,00.html
  3. ^ http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20140950,00.html
  4. ^ http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/19270/newlyweds-nick-jessica-the-final-season/
  5. ^ http://www.popmatters.com/review/newlyweds/
  6. ^ http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=128187
  7. ^ http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/19290/newlyweds-nick-jessica-final-season/
  8. ^ http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/13667/newlyweds-nick-jessica-complete-first-season/
  9. ^ "Girls 2 Women, Boys 2 Men: How Teen Pop Grew Up". MTV. 2006-03-09. Retrieved 2012-02-24. 
  10. ^ a b c "With You – Jessica Simpson". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2012-04-12. 
  11. ^ "Gold & Platinum – July 28, 2010". RIAA. 2004-10-22. Retrieved 2010-07-28. 
  12. ^ "Previous Album Sales Chart". HITS Daily Double. Retrieved 2012-02-24. 
  13. ^ [1][dead link]
  14. ^ "RIAA Charts – Accreditations". Retrieved September 10, 2009. 
  15. ^ John Gerome. "Jessica Simpson's Country Career Evaporates". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2012-02-24. 
  16. ^ "2004 YEAR END CHARTS – TOP BILLBOARD 200 ALBUMS". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-02-24. 
  17. ^ "Jessica Simpson". Jessica Simpson. Retrieved 2011-02-21. [dead link]
  18. ^ http://articles.latimes.com/2013/may/08/entertainment/la-et-mg-nick-lachey-jessica-simpson-watch-what-happens-live-20130508
  19. ^ http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/nick-lachey-dishes-jessica-simpson-article-1.1338397

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