Ellen DeGeneres/Portia de Rossi Comedy Picked Up By ABC

Portia de Rossi and Ellen Degeneres. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

By Tim Kenneally at TheWrap

ABC has picked up the Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi pilot “The Smart One.”

DeGeneres — who’s been generating headlines this week after One Million Moms protested her spokesperson deal with JCPenney — will executive-produce the half-hour, multi-camera project with Lauren Corrao.

DeGeneres’ wife De Rossi will star as “a brilliant and successful woman who begrudgingly goes to work for her less-brainy but more popular sister — a former beauty queen, weather girl…and now big-city Mayor.”

Donald Todd (“Ugly Betty,” “Hart of Dixie,” “Samantha Who?” will write as well as executive-produce.

A Very Good Production, which is behind DeGeneres’ daytime talk show, will produce in association with Warner Bros. Television.

Watch Portia de Rossi on “Arrested Development:”

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