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Malin Akerman Cast as Portia's Sister in de Rossi / DeGeneres Sitcom Pilot 'The Smart One'

Malin Akerman Cast as Portia's Sister in de Rossi / DeGeneres Sitcom Pilot 'The Smart One'

A few weeks ago it was announced that lesbian power couple Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres, have teamed up for a project that DeGeneres is executive producing and stars de Rossi. Now, Malin Akerman (The Comeback, Couples Retreat andChildren’ Hospital) will play de Rossi’s sister in the ABC sitcom pilot The Smart One. Veteran TV star Jean Smart (Designing Women, Frasier, Harry’s Law) has been brilliantly cast as the Jude and Candy’s mom, according to TV Line.

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A few weeks ago it was announced that partners in life and business, Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres, have teamed up for a project that DeGeneres is executive producing and stars de Rossi,  Entertainment Weekly reported. 

Now, Malin Akerman (The Comeback, Couples Retreat andChildren’ Hospital) will play de Rossi’s sister in the ABC sitcom pilot The Smart One, according to TV Line.

The sitcom revolves around 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,” according to the show’s logline released on EW.

De Rossi plays Jude the “smart one” and Akerman will play the Candy, the dumb one in the single-camera (30 Rock, The Office, Arrested Development) sitcom, TV Line reports.

Veteran TV star Jean Smart (Designing Women, Frasier, Harry’s Law) has been brilliantly cast as the Jude and Candy’s mom, according to TV Line.

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Tracy E. Gilchrist

Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.

Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.