Monday, 12 September 2011

Portia de Rossi To Star In New NBC Comedy Produced By Ellen

Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres, ex-judge of American Idol on FOX, have apparently struck a deal with NBC for a new comedy. What’s it all about and how will it stack up to other NBC shows? Read on for all the details!

Ellen DeGeneres has been one busy lady since we last heard from her on American Idol, where she took a short stint on the judging panel. Apparently, Ellen will be producing a new comedy for NBC, and it will be starring her own wife, Portia de Rossi. The sitcom, is said to be about sisters with a contentious relationship, and Portia de Rossi will be playing one of the sisters. Ellen DeGeneres will not be playing the other sister, but rather producing the series.

According to, there was a bidding war for the new series, but eventually NBC was able to nab it. Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres will team up with writer Don Todd, the co-creator of “Samantha Who?” Portia de Rossi has previously starred in ABC’s “Better Off Ted,” “Arrested Development,” but her best known role was playing lawyer Nelle Porter on the series “Ally McBeal.”

Sounds like could make for some fun television, will you be interested in watching this comedy starring Portia de Rossi? We wish Ellen DeGeneres the best of luck with this new series, we can’t wait to see how it turns out for the happy couple!

Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain 

                                                                                                                                                                                                               Book Desciption:
"I didn't decide to become anorexic. It snuck up on me disguised as a healthy diet, a professional attitude. Being as thin as possible was a way to make the job of being an actress easier . . ." Portia de Rossi weighed only 82 pounds when she collapsed on the set of the Hollywood film in which she was playing her first leading role. This should have been the culmination of all her years of hard work—first as a child model in Australia, then as a cast member of one of the hottest shows on American television. On the outside she was thin and blond, glamorous and successful. On the inside, she was literally dying. In this searing, unflinchingly honest book, Portia de Rossi captures the complex emotional truth of what it is like when food, weight, and body image take priority over every other human impulse or action. She recounts the elaborate rituals around eating that came to dominate hours of every day, from keeping her daily calorie intake below 300 to eating precisely measured amounts of food out of specific bowls and only with certain utensils.

 When this wasn't enough, she resorted to purging and compulsive physical exercise, driving her body and spirit to the breaking point. 

Even as she rose to fame as a cast member of the hit television shows Ally McBeal and Arrested Development, Portia alternately starved herself and binged, all the while terrified that the truth of her sexuality would be exposed in the tabloids. She reveals the heartache and fear that accompany a life lived in the closet, a sense of isolation that was only magnified by her unrelenting desire to be ever thinner. With the storytelling skills of a great novelist and the eye for detail of a poet, Portia makes transparent as never before the behaviors and emotions of someone living with an eating disorder. 

From her lowest point, Portia began the painful climb back to a life of health and honesty, falling in love with and eventually marrying Ellen DeGeneres, and emerging as an outspoken and articulate advocate for gay rights and women's health issues. 

In this remarkable and beautifully written work, Portia shines a bright light on a dark subject. A crucial book for all those who might sometimes feel at war with themselves or their bodies, Unbearable Lightness is a story that inspires hope and nourishes the spirit.

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