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Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi Comedy Pilot Picked Up By NBC

by Alex Moaba, posted Sep 10th 2011 11:10AM
In their personal lives, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi make an excellent team. Now, the married couple is about to find out how well they can work together.

According to Deadline, NBC has won a bidding war for a scripted comedy pilot, produced by DeGeneres and starring de Rossi, about "two dueling sisters."

The currently unnamed, multi-camera show will be written by former 'Samantha Who' creator Don Todd and marks the return to scripted TV comedy for both talents.

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Five Real-Life Couples We'd Love to See on Reality TV

by Jean Bentley, posted Jun 12th 2011 10:00AM
Coco, Ice-T, Ice Loves CocoIce T and his wife, Coco, have been together for 10 years.

A decade is a long time in show business, but the rapper-turned-actor and model are still as devoted as ever. The couple, who were married in 2005, renewed their wedding vows in an over-the-top ceremony last weekend. Now, their so-weird-but-it-works relationship will take center stage in the E! reality series 'Ice Loves Coco' (premieres Sun., June 12 at 10:30PM).

The fact that it's taken them this long to step in front of reality cameras together had us a little surprised -- they odd couple seems made for TV -- but we're happy they're finally there. But it got us to thinking -- who else would we like to watch on the small screen?

Here are five other celebrity couples we think should get their own reality shows.

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'Arrested Development' Cast: Where Are They Now?

by Kim Potts, posted Feb 10th 2011 1:45PM
Arrested Development
It's been five years since the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning family comedy 'Arrested Development' left the airwaves, and, though we say this with a little grain of salt, it looks like the long-rumored big-screen version of the series is finally a go, maybe even for later this year.

And while we can't wait to see those wacky Bluths back in action, it's not like the cast members have been sitting around twiddling their thumbs since the 'Arrested Development' finale aired on Feb. 10, 2006. In fact, they've been a pretty busy bunch, including many projects in which they've continued to be co-stars ...

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Portia Channels Marilyn Monroe in Birthday Greeting for Ellen (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jan 26th 2011 10:40AM
On 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' (weekdays, syndicated), wife Portia de Rossi channels Marilyn Monroe in a surprise birthday greeting for Ellen DeGeneres, who turns 53-years-old today.

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Portia de Rossi Reportedly Turns Down 'Dancing With the Stars'

by PopEater Staff, posted Dec 7th 2010 3:30PM

'Dancing With the Stars' may not be looking to feature a same-sex couple in season 11 next spring after one big star -- actress Portia de Rossi, wife of Ellen DeGeneres -- reportedly declined to be the show's guinea pig

According to PopEater's Rob Shuter, because 'Arrested Development' star de Rossi (who goes by Portia DeGeneres now) rejected the offer, the megahit reality series will wait on breaking the same-sex dancing barrier.

"If Portia had agreed then this would have been a done deal," an ABC insider told Shuter. "She was the only star that could have pulled this off without completely offending the program's conservative viewers."

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Portia de Rossi Speaks Frankly About Battling Anorexia on 'Ellen' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Nov 4th 2010 11:00AM
On 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' (weekdays, syndicated), Portia de Rossi spoke frankly to Ellen DeGeneres about struggles with self-worth and anorexia that have plagued her for most of her life. De Rossi's story is laid out in detail in her new autobiography 'Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain.'

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Portia de Rossi on Her Secret Eating Disorder -- and What Saved Her Life (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 2nd 2010 12:06AM
Portia de Rossi on Her Secret Eating Disorder -- and What Saved Her LifePortia de Rossi once weighed 82 pounds. The actress existed on a 300 calorie-a-day diet: family members were afraid she would die. Eventually, she collapsed while on a film set -- as a result of her diet, her internal organs were failing. She was only 25 years old.

The actress began dieting as a 12-year-old. She was a child model; an agent told Portia her skinny frame was too large. As a result, De Rossi became anorexic and bulimic. It took her more than a decade to recover.

On 'Oprah' (weekdays, syndicated), Portia revealed her eating disorder -- and discussed what saved her life. De Rossi was saved by a strong female presence ... but it wasn't her wife Ellen DeGeneres. No, Portia credits her survival to the day when she "found love ... with a horse."

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Ellen Does 'Letterman' Top 10 -- Things That Have Been on Ellen DeGeneres's Mind Lately (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 8th 2010 1:55AM
Ellen DeGeneres' Thoughts on 'American Idol,' Her Gay Marriage - and MoreMs. Ellen DeGeneres was on 'Late Show' tonight (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS), and during her appearance, she got the coveted position of delivering the nightly "Top Ten" list. The topic of the list was "Things That Have Been on Ellen's Mind Lately." And so, DeGeneres got to share the inner workings of her brain with David Letterman, and with the rest of us.

Without further ado, here is a random sampling of the some of the stuff that Ms. DeGeneres has been thinking about lately. The full list covered such important topics as Oprah Winfrey, 'The View,' and the new iPod, but after the jump, we have some of the other highlights ...

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Jane After Dark: Catching up with Better Off Ted

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jan 2nd 2010 11:00AM
Better Off TedI'm kind of bummed that it looks like Better Off Ted might be on its way out. Maybe not, though. Mike's review this week sounded like it might get a reprieve from the axe. Who knows, really? But either way, I'm glad to have found this quirky series, and have been watching season one on DVD this week.

It's kind of a cross between The Office and Arrested Development. If you're not familiar with the show, it takes place in the Research & Development department of Veridian Dynamics, a corporation with lots of cubicles and fluorescent lights.

Ted (Jay Harrington) is a pleasant guy who runs things and answers to Veronica (Portia de Rossi), an uptight boss who wears her hair pulled back so tight it's amazing she can even breathe.

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ABC Planning Double Dose of 'Scrubs' and 'Better Off Ted'

by Jane Murphy, posted Dec 22nd 2009 12:45AM
ScrubsIs 'Scrubs' no longer getting love from ABC?

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the network will air two episodes of the medical school comedy, along with the little-seen 'Better Off Ted,' on Jan. 5 and 12. This will be proceeded by another new episode of 'Scrubs' on Jan. 1, which will air in between two new episodes of 'Ted.'

In other words: a lot of new episodes are coming -- and fast.

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ABC double-dipping Better Off Ted and Scrubs

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 21st 2009 11:30AM
ScrubsWhile it's great that fans of Scrubs will be able to see two episodes of the show each and every week starting January 5, that's actually not a sign that ABC loves the show so much and it gets such great ratings that they want to have it on their schedule as much as possible. They're burning off all of the episodes quickly.

They're doing the same thing with Better Off Ted, which somehow made it to a second season (that's not a comment on the show, I'm talking about how it was a surprise that ABC renewed it). Both shows will have two episodes on Tuesday nights for the next several weeks, and both shows will see their 13 episode seasons end in late January.

Of course, this doesn't necessarily mean that the shows won't be back for another season (after all, we all thought Scrubs was gone a couple of seasons ago), but it probably means that the shows won't be back for another season.

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Sneak Peek: next week's season premiere of Better Off Ted

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 3rd 2009 4:00PM
Actually, two sneak peeks. The first clip shows what you should do if you ever blurt out something in bed that you shouldn't (and why you should learn a bit of geography first) and the second clip (after the jump) shows what happens if a coworker reveals a little bit about himself.

I'm so glad ABC renewed this show. The season premiere airs next Tuesday at 9:30.

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The Show Girl Talks Slap Bets at 'HIMYM,' Romances at 'Better Off Ted' & More - VIDEO

by Maggie Furlong, posted Nov 20th 2009 1:10PM
Slapsgiving!You've got questions? I've got answers. I'm The Show Girl!

Today, I've got scoop on the new season of one of the funniest, most underrated shows on TV: 'Better Off Ted.' Find out the fate of Veridian's star-crossed lovers Ted and Linda, why Phil will romance Ted, how Portia de Rossi will go from playing Veronica to Lindsay Fünke ... and if you don't know any of these people, maybe I can convince you to meet them and catch up before season 2 begins.

I also hit the set of 'How I Met Your Mother' armed with your questions about Twitter and slap bets. Who are the stars Tweeting with? You might be surprised. And is it hard to hit your co-stars? Not according to Jason Segel. (Awesome.)

Want more? Email me TV questions at TheTVShowGirl@aol.com -- who knows, I might just give you an answer on the show. Now watch, enjoy and come back next week for more. Until then, happy TV watching!

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Poehler and Arnett Team up on 'Parks and Recreation' -- What Other Real-Life Couples Should Try It?

by Rebecca Paiement, posted Nov 18th 2009 11:29AM
Things are heating up this season in Pawnee, Indiana. E! Online reports that the 'Parks and Recreation' team have Leslie Knope, played by Amy Poehler, accidentally getting involved in a sex scandal that derails her plans for a city Santa's Village. Producer Mike Schur says, "There are rumors swirling about another city councilman scandal -- who was disgraced by cave sex in the 'Practice Day' episode -- and Leslie ends up getting photographed with him at a bar late at night by a tabloid newspaper."

As if that isn't enough, Leslie and Dave the Cop don't stand the test of time. "We were so lucky to get Louis C.K.," says Poehler of her character's love interest, "but he's starting his own show."

Luckily, it has just been confirmed by Entertainment Weekly that 'Parks' fans will see that role filled by none other than Poehler's real-life love, Will Arnett. Of course, Poehler and Arnett have worked together many times, including on 'Arrested Development' and in films such as 'Blades of Glory' and 'Monsters vs. Aliens.' So it's only natural that Arnett would stop by 'Parks.'

Arnett's arrival on the show will coincide with that of Justin Theroux who will, incidentally, also vie for Leslie's heart.

With thoughts of Arnett and Poehler teaming up again, we brainstormed some other real-life couples whose pairings would translate well to the small screen.

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Ellen and Portia Give First Interview as Married Couple on 'Oprah Winfrey Show'

by Donald Deane, posted Nov 10th 2009 9:29AM
In their first interview as a married couple since they tied the knot in August of last year at their home in Los Angeles, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi talk about making their marriage official and the joy of wedded bliss on 'Oprah Winfey.'

"The thing about being a gay couple is that in the past you referred to your wife and there were quotation marks around it, and there was always that chance that people would kind of snigger about it, but now it's fact. It's law," de Rossi said. "She's my wife. I get to say that she's my wife. That's just the way it is. It's fact."

Watch the video after the jump.

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