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Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi Sitcom Lands Pilot Commitment From NBC


Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi Sitcom Lands Pilot Commitment From NBC

After a bidding war, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi’s new sitcom has secured a put pilot commitment from NBC, Deadline is reporting. The talk show host will executive produce the series, and her wife will star in the comedy, which will be written by ‘Samantha Who?’ co-creator/executive producer Don Todd. The project, which will be produced by DeGeneres’ studio-based production company A Very Good Production and Warner Bros. TV, will follow dueling sisters, one of them played by de Rossi.

The sitcom will be the first for A Very Good Production after it signed a multi-year deal with Warner Bros. in October 2010, and hired former Comedy Central president of original programming Lauren Corrao to run it. She will executive produce the untitled comedy with DeGeneres and Todd.

Rossi is best known for her roles on ‘Ally McBeal’ and ‘Arrested Development,’ as well as ABC’s recent well-received but short-lived comedy ‘Better Off Ted.’ DeGeneres just won another Daytime Emmy for Best Talk Show, which recently started its ninth season. Their new series is the latest comedy project to start a bidding war and land a commitment, as sitcoms have become increasingly popular this pitch season.

Written by: Karen Benardello

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As a life-long fan of entertainment, particularly films, television and music, and an endless passion for writing, Karen Benardello decided to combine the two for a career. She graduated from New York's LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic. While still attending college, Karen began writing for Shockya during the summer of 2007, when she began writing horror movie reviews. Since she began writing for Shockya, Karen has been promoted to the position of Senior Movies & Television Editor. Some of her duties in the position include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, producing posts on celebrity news and contributing reviews on albums and concerts. Some of her highlights include attending such festivals and conventions as the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, SXSW, Toronto After Dark, the Boston Film Festival and New York Comic-Con.

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