Pilot Scoop: ABC Gets Smart With Portia de Rossi Comedy Produced by Ellen DeGeneres
Continuing its development season orders, ABC on Friday picked up The Smart One, a half-hour comedy starring Portia de Rossi (Arrested Development), penned by Donald Todd (Samantha Who?) and to be executive-produced by Ellen DeGeneres and Lauren Corrao (The Job). Todd also serves as an EP.
A multi-cam sitcom, The Smart One stars de Rossi stars as a brilliant and successful woman who begrudgingly goes to work for her less-brainy but more popular sister — a former beauty queen and weather girl who is now, somehow, a big-city mayor. It’s like Benson, if Robert Guillaume was a leggy blonde.
ABC’s other comedy pilot orders thus far include American Judy (starring another Arrested Development alumna, Judy Greer), Reba McEntire’s Malibu Country, How to Live With Your Parents for the Rest of Your Life and Untitled Dan Fogelman Comedy starring Jami Gertz (Still Standing).