Scoop: Jean Smart Cast as Portia de Rossi's Mom in ABC Comedy Pilot The Smart One

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Jean Smart The Smart OneGiven her last name, we should’ve seen this coming a mile away: Jean Smart has been cast as Portia de Rossi‘s mom in the ABC sitcom pilot The Smart One.

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In the single-camera comedy about dueling sisters, de Rossi stars as Jude, a brilliant and successful woman who has to go to work for her less brainy but more popular sister, Candy, a former beauty queen, weather girl and now big city Mayor. Smart co-stars as their mother.

Samantha Who? co-creator/executive producer Don Todd serves as an EP alongside De Rossi’s real-life spouse Ellen DeGeneres and Lauren Corrao.



Comments (16)

  • Jean Smart? This may actual be good.

    Comment by Matt – February 16, 2012 04:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love Jean Smart. Have since Designing Women.

    Comment by Jem – February 16, 2012 04:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Portia and Jean? Series order now please.

    Comment by Eric – February 16, 2012 04:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Actually, it’s a multi-camera sitcom on ABC.

    Comment by abc123 – February 16, 2012 04:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You know this how?

      Comment by Cloudy Knight – February 16, 2012 07:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So the smart one’s name is “Jude” and the not so bright one’s name is “Candy”… it would have been far more interesting if it were the other way around.

    Comment by Richard – February 16, 2012 04:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jean is/was terrific on Harry’s Law. I was hoping to see more of her there.

    Comment by Alienate – February 16, 2012 04:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jean Smart is so, so good! Loved her in Samantha Who?!!

    Comment by soarin829 – February 16, 2012 04:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This show needs to happen over that crap Whitney.

    Comment by Steven – February 16, 2012 05:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • yes! a million times, yes!

    Comment by unicornwasp – February 16, 2012 07:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • One of the best thing about 24.

    Comment by dee123 – February 17, 2012 01:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • OMG, YES!! She started out as a “why are you spending airtime on her” character to become a must-see character in the season. I was SO impressed by her and her storyline. AWESOME, Jean Smart, AWESOME!!

      Comment by lipsticksocialism – February 17, 2012 08:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This show is sounding better and better. I really hope it works out as Portia is acutally very funny and deserves to be on another successful show. (still mourning the loss of Better of Ted)

    Comment by Jeff – February 17, 2012 04:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I am SO thrilled that Jean Smart is going to do a comedy again. Series pickup, please!

    Comment by BJ Wanlund – February 17, 2012 07:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So my question has to do with Portia in a pilot for next fall… Wasn’t she confirmed to participate in the Arrested Development reunion (11 eps) and a movie for next year’s release? Unless some of that activity and filming has already taken place, I fear her pilot might mean little to know Lindsay Bluth Funke for AD (and that would be sad!)

    Comment by Um – February 17, 2012 11:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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