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MAR
9
2 YEARS

Duo Join ABC's Portia de Rossi-Malin Akerman Comedy Pilot (Exclusive)

"The Onion News Network's" Matt Oberg and "The Closer's" Stephanie Beatriz have joined "The Smart One."

Stephanie Beatriz Headshot - P 2012
Stephanie Beatriz

ABC's The Smart One is getting smarter.

The comedy pilot starring Portia de Rossi and Malin Akerman has added two regulars to its cast in The Onion News Network's Matt Oberg and The Closer's Stephanie Beatriz, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.

From Warner Bros. Television, Smart One revolves around Jude, a brilliant and successful woman (de Rossi) who begrudgingly goes to work for Candy, her less-brainy but more popular sister -- a former beauty queen, weather girl and now big-city mayor (Malin Akerman).

Oberg will play Martin, Jude's ex-associate who is described as a slick D.C. power- player who never betrays what he's feeling. Beatriz, meanwhile, will play Natalee, Candy's whip smart yet ditsy hairdresser who helped get the dim bulb elected mayor. She's described as a cross between Octavia Spencer from The Help and Jennifer Coolidge from Legally Blonde.

The duo join a cast that also includes David Arquette and Jean Smart.

Donald Toddwill pen the project and executive produce alongside Lauren Corrao and de Rossi's wife, Ellen DeGeneres. Better Off Ted's Michael Fresco will reunite with de Rossi to exec produce and helm the pilot.

Oberg is repped by CAA and Bleecker Street Entertainment; Beatriz is with Buchwald/Fortitude.

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