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NBC picks up comedy that will star Portia de Rossi

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Image Credit: Angela Weiss/Getty ImagesPortia de Rossi, it will be nice to have you back on the small screen: NBC bought a put pilot from Ellen DeGeneres that would feature the Ally McBeal actress as one of two dueling sisters.

The put pilot (if picked up to series for fall of 2012) would mark De Rossi’s return to TV since the (premature!) cancellation of Better Off Ted last year. Her wife DeGeneres would executive produce the pilot through her company A Very Good Production, which is based at WBTV, home to her eponymous talk show via Telepictures.

A put pilot is a project that comes with severe (see: costly) penalties if it doesn’t air — which means this laugher has a great chance of making the cut for next fall.

According to Deadline, all four of the broadcast nets were looking to snag the project before NBC prevailed. The multi-camera comedy will be written by Don Todd (Samantha Who).

Guess Dancing with the Stars will have to wait its turn for De Rossi!