Not only is Ellen DeGeneres one of the biggest talk show hosts on the planet, perhaps even the biggest since Oprah left her heralded show, she’s also a music executive (she recently launched her own record label), a spokesperson (American Express anyone?) and now a studio executive, starting her own production company (Very Good Production) which has worked with Warner Bros to sell their first project to NBC.
Not only has the show been sold, it’s set to feature Degeneres’ wife Portia de Rossi in a leading role.
The not-yet-titled project had received interest from all four big networks and was eventually picked up by NBC.
According to Deadline:
The project will feature de Rossi as one of two dueling sisters, and will be written by Samantha Who? writer Donald Todd. Since producers Todd and DeGeneres have major comedy backgrounds and de Rossi worked with humor in acclaimed shows Arrested Development and Ally McBeal, the multi-camera project looks to have great potential.
As a fan of Ellen when the showed aired I personally can’t wait to see what a veteran team of show runners and comedians can do, especially in a space that of recently has been lacking in the female comedy setup with unimaginative shows that border on lazy and uninspired (apart from in my opinion Hot In Cleveland).
Do you think Ellen Degeneres and Portia de Rossi will be able to pull off comedy gold? If Ellen’s past and present successes say anything about her choice in business I think NBC might have a hit on their hands.