Is Amanda Bynes poised to be the next Lucille Ball?

That’s what Today correspondent Natalie Morales suggested in an interview with the She’s the Man star (pictured, at left) this morning. But the real question: Who isn’t the “next Lucille Ball”? Over the years, TV and film critics have used that title to praise Teri Hatcher, Cameron Diaz, and Téa Leoni. And Fran Drescher. And Jennifer Garner. And Nicole Kidman. And Jessica Simpson. And, well, you get the point. In fact, there’s an entire website devoted to press clippings that invoke Ball’s name as a shortcut to describing an attractive actress with a knack for physical comedy.

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So for the love of Vivian Vance, I implore current and future writers of the world to put an end to the use of this clichéd, and frequently inaccurate comparison. Thank you.