ABC Picks Up Ellen DeGeneres' Comedy After NBC Passed on It

Ellen DeGeneres

'The Smart One', which is executive produced by the daytime talk show host, will feature her wife Portia de Rossi as an intelligent woman who is forced to work for her former beauty queen sister.

Ellen DeGeneres-executive produced TV project has landed a pilot order on ABC. The Alphabet picked up "The Smart One" after NBC, which acquired the comedy with a put pilot commitment in October last year, passed on it.

The half-hour multicamera comedy, which sparked a bidding war last September, stars DeGeneres' wife Portia de Rossi as "a brilliant and successful woman who begrudgingly goes to work for her less-brainy but more popular sister - a former beauty queen, weather girl and now big-city Mayor."

The host of NBC's "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" will team up with Lauren Corrao to executive produce it, while "Samantha Who?" co-creator/executive producer Don Todd will write the pilot.

The show will mark de Rossi's first TV gig since she starred on ABC's "Better Off Ted". DeGeneres herself has previously had a working relationship with the network when she headlined her self-titled sitcom in the 1990s.


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