ABC orders Portia de Rossi pilot

'Smart One' exec produced by DeGeneres, Corrao

ABC has ordered multicam comedy pilot “The Smart One,” starring Portia de Rossi and exec produced by Ellen DeGeneres and Lauren Corrao.

De Rossi (“Better Off Ted”) will play a successful woman who has to work for her less intelligent but more popular sister, a former beauty queen who has become mayor of a major city. Donald Todd wrote the pilot and will also exec produce.

“Smart One” comes from De Generes’ A Very Good Production in association with Warner Bros. TV. The project originally had a put-pilot commitment from NBC.

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