Monday, October 28, 2013
Ellen DeGeneres Developing Lesbian Comedy at NBC
The untitled Liz Feldman project centers on a lesbian who gets pregnant just as her straight male best friend meets and marries the love of his life.Feldman (2 Broke Girls) will pen the script and executive produce the half-hour multicamera vehicle alongside DeGeneres and her Warner Bros. Television-based A Very Good Production banner president Jeff Kleeman. The comedy marks the latest gay-themed vehicle at NBC, including this season's Thursday half-hour Sean Saves the World, which reunites Will & Grace star Sean Hayes with the network. Last season's cancellations wiped out a score of gay characters on broadcast television. Among them: NBC's Smash, which featured several LGBT characters; Go On, also on NBC; and ABC's Happy Endings, among others. NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt, who is openly gay, has a history of LGBT-themed programming dating back to his time at the head of Showtime, where he greenlighted lesbian-themed The L Word as well as a U.S. adaptation of gay-themed Queer as Folk. For her part, Feldman had a long-running vlog on lesbian-themed site AfterEllen.com.
Sidebar: Now if we can just get NBC to develop some black shows!