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.