October 13, 2011 10:22am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Ellen DeGeneres Returning to ABC With Family Comedy
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.