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Ellen Returning to Sitcoms With 'Weitz & Wong' for ABC

Oct 13, 2011 | 9:17am EDT

Ellen DeGeneresAmerica doesn't have a royal family, but it has its equivalents: Queen Oprah, Prince Bono, and somewhere around the level of Dutchess, we have Ellen DeGeneres. Ellen is pretty much as beloved as a human being can be; thus, people are willing to invest some interest in almost anything she puts her name on. This is good news for ABC, as Ellen just signed on to produce a single-camera comedy called Weitz & Wong.

The series will focus on an interracial married couple, their children, and their relatives; one side of the family is white and Jewish, the other is Chinese. The series will illustrate the family's comical struggle with their varying cultures and wildly differing families and customs, and will likely touch on the stigmas attached to interracial marriage. Alex Hershog, who wrote for DeGeneres' 90s sitcom Ellen, will also write for this new series.

In addition, Ellen is also developing a sitcom for NBC, starring her wife Portia de Rossi. It's an exciting prospect considering di Rossi is an incredibly adept comic actress whose outstanding performances as ambitious lawyer Nelle Porter on Ally McBeal, self-absorbed socialite Lindsay Fünke on Arrested Development, and cold-hearted businesswoman Veronica Palmer on Better Off Ted were each laugh-a-minute.

Source: THR

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