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

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.

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  1. Matt says:

    Jean Smart? This may actual be good.

  2. Jem says:

    I love Jean Smart. Have since Designing Women.

  3. Eric says:

    Portia and Jean? Series order now please.

  4. abc123 says:

    Actually, it’s a multi-camera sitcom on ABC.

  5. Richard says:

    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.

  6. Alienate says:

    Jean is/was terrific on Harry’s Law. I was hoping to see more of her there.

  7. soarin829 says:

    Jean Smart is so, so good! Loved her in Samantha Who?!!

  8. Steven says:

    This show needs to happen over that crap Whitney.

  9. unicornwasp says:

    yes! a million times, yes!

  10. dee123 says:

    One of the best thing about 24.

    • lipsticksocialism says:

      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!!

  11. Jeff says:

    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)

  12. BJ Wanlund says:

    I am SO thrilled that Jean Smart is going to do a comedy again. Series pickup, please!

  13. Um says:

    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!)