Ally McBeal: Portia de Rossi to Star in New Office Comedy
Ally McBeal: Portia de Rossi to Star in New Office Comedy
Glenn Diaz
Glenn Diaz
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
Other than being Ellen DeGeneres' girlfriend and future wife, if things go ahead as planned, Portia de Rossi is best known to television fans for her role as Nelle Porter on the huge late 1990s to early 2000 series Ally McBeal.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, de Rossi will co-star in a so-far untitled single-camera office comedy being cooked up by veteran comedy writer-producer Victor Fresco, who recently transferred from 20th Century Fox TV to ABC Studios.

Other than de Rossi, the new project, currently considered one of the hottest ABC pilots and the strongest prospect from an outside supplier on the comedy site, will also star Jay Harrington as a moral guy trying to do right in an amoral world.

Fresco's transfer to ABC Studios is said to improve his chances when he presents the new material to its sister network ABC.  For the past three years, Fresco was with 20th TV working on the moderately successful My Name is Earl, alongside developing several projects such as the 2007 Fox pilot Deeply Irresponsible.

Other than Ally Mcbeal, de Rossi was a series regular on the critically acclaimed series Arrested Development from 2003 to 2006.  She also guest-starred on Nip/Tuck for nine episodes.

When the California Supreme Court lifted the ban on gay marriage, DeGeneres announced planning a “dream wedding” for de Rossi, her girlfriend of four years. This is, of course, way after Ally McBeal.

"Planning a wedding is very stressful," DeGeneres previously said. "It's crazy. My gardener is now invited."  She added that part of the wedding ceremony might even land on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Most recently, Star magazine reports that DeGeneres plans to make it “the wedding of the year” as preparations are taken up a notch for the fall-slated nuptial.  She is reportedly on a "buying spree along Beverly Hills' Cabrillo Drive," allegedly spending about $40 million on three adjacent mansions.

Ally McBeal
went off air on 2002.

-Glenn L. Diaz, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: The Hollywood Reporter, National Ledger
(Image Courtesy of Fox)