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Portia de Rossi, Ellen DeGeneres: Wife-wife team tackles comedy

September 12, 2011 |  7:17 am

Portia de Rossi, Ellen DeGeneres create new comedy
Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres have cooked up a comedy about sisters with a contentious relationship, and NBC has nabbed it.  The network reportedly made a "put pilot commitment" for the show, in which De Rossi will play one of the sisters. And no, it does not sound as though DeGeneres, De Rossi's wife since 2008, will play her sibling. reports there was a heated bidding war for the comedy before NBC landed it. It will be executive produced by DeGeneres and written by Don Todd, co-creator of "Samantha Who?"

De Rossi last starred in ABC's "Better Off Ted," a comedy that the actress hoped would get a wider audience than did her critically lauded series "Arrested Development," which had a cult following but couldn't seem to catch on with a broader audience. "Ted" folded after two seasons.

As she was set to kick off "Ted," the actress noted in an interview with the Los Angeles Times that the cast and producers of "Arrested Development" were planning a big-screen reunion. That hasn't yet come to fruition, but with her new NBC comedy, De Rossi could be back on the small screen in the fall.

Her newest project is from Warner Bros. Television and DeGeneres’ studio-based production company, A Very Good Production.


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Photo: Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres in January 2008, a few months before their marriage. Credit: Richard Hartog / Los Angeles Times