Once Heidi Klum and Seal ruined all my hopes and dreams by separating, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi moved into my heart as my favorite reliable Hollywood couple. Ever since they’ve been together I’ve been waiting for the big baby announcement splashed on the cover of People. But since Ellen has stated repeatedly that they will never be parents, the news that broke over the weekend about them working on a show together is almost as exciting.
And no, before you get the wrong idea, it’s not a live-action sloth docudrama or a weekly clip show of Ellen dancing. It’s an actual scripted TV show called “The Smart One” that stars Portia De Rossi as a successful business woman who goes to work for the popular and not-so-smart mayor. In true TV fashion, the mayor happens to be her very own sister; let the sibling rivalry and family therapy hijinks ensue! Ellen will be working behind the scenes as the executive producer alongside executive producer/writer Daniel Todd. ABC picked up the pilot for the 30 minute multi-cam show.
After knowing that Ellen dealt with JC Penney’s homophobic fan club last week, it’s great to hear that she and Portia were able to celebrate something positive this weekend. I’m hoping her star power will be strong enough to get the show through the pilot stage and into the regular season. Portia hasn’t had much luck in the past and I’d love to see her pull another Lindsay Bluth Fünke and find a role that truly works.
[Photo courtesy of Allie is Wired]