Yesssssss. Ellen DeGeneres made waves with Ellen back in the day when she came out on air – a bit of a revolutionary act, at the time – and while she’s been amazing on her talk show over the past decade, she’s now developing a new lesbian comedy with NBC. Finally!
Sixteen years after Ellen DeGeneres came out on her ABC sitcom, there may be another broadcast comedy with a lesbian lead. NBC has put in development a multi-camera comedy executive produced by DeGeneres. The untitled project, written/exec produced by openly gay comedy scribe Liz Feldman (2 Broke Girls), centers on a lesbian and her straight male best friend who get pregnant just as he meets and marries the love of his life. Warner Bros TV and DeGeneres’ studio-based A Very Good Production are producing, with AVGP’s Jeff Kleeman also exec producing. Feldman previously worked for two years on DeGeneres’ hit syndicated talk show and wrote for DeGeneres’ first stint as Oscar host. (She returns to Oscar duties on March 2).
I mean, it doesn’t sound like the most wonderfully groundbreaking series in the world, but any visibility for the community is a good thing. Some people of colour would be nice, as well. Plus, Ellen is awesome, so I’m on board with anything she’s working on.