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OCT
13
3 YEARS

Ellen DeGeneres Returning to ABC With Family Comedy

The daytime host will reteam with "Ellen" writer Alex Herschlag and executive produce a multigenerational family comedy for the network.

Ellen DeGeneres
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Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres is back in business with ABC.

The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that the network has given a script order to Weitz & Wong, a comedy revolving around a mixed race Jewish-Chinese couple and their two children who try to create their own identity in the face of their extremely different extended families.

DeGeneres will produce the project through her A Very Good Productions shingle at Warner Bros. Television. Former Ellen writer Alex Herschlag will pen the project.

In addition to reteaming with Herschlag, the single-camera effort also brings DeGeneres back into the ABC fold. The Disney-owned network was home to her ground-breaking sitcom Ellen from 1994 to 1998. 

Weitz & Wong is the second project for DeGeneres’ shingle this development season; NBC ordered a pilot for an untitled dueling sisters multicamera comedy that would star DeGeneres’ wife, Portia de Rossi.

DeGeneres and A Very Good Productions’ Lauren Corrao will produce the sisters comedy alongside Samantha Who’s Don Todd, who will pen the project.

Herschlag, meanwhile, was a writer and co-producer on Ellen and has producing credits on series including Hot in Cleveland and Modern Family.

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