Portia De Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres comedy project lands deal at NBC, report says
09/11/2011 by Kristina Lopez
Portia De Rossi and wife Ellen DeGeneres have teamed up on a comedy television project that could mark Rossi's return to the small screen in the fall. NBC snapped up the project and made a "put pilot commitment," meaning that the project has costly penalties to the network if it is not picked up as a series, reports Deadline.com. The show is about dueling sisters, one of which would be played by De Rossi, and was written by "Samantha Who?" co-creator Don Todd. DeGeneres will be an executive producer of the series through her television production company called A Very Good Production, based at Warner Bros. Television, which also produces her talk show. The show is still untitled but had interest from several major networks before being nabbed by NBC. Last time De Rossi was seen on television was on "Better Off Ted," which lasted two seasons and went off the air in 2010. The actress is also known for roles on "Ally McBeal" and "Arrested Development." De Rossi and DeGeneres were married back in August of 2008, at a time when same sex marriage licenses were granted in California.
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