NBC Greenlights Ellen Degeneres Comedy Pilot ONE BIG HAPPY
Variety reports that NBC has ordered a comedy pilot from executive producer Ellen Degeneres. Titled ONE BIG HAPPY, the multi-camera project will follow "gay and straight best friends who decide to have a baby together. Things get complicated when one of them finds the love of their life."
A Very Good Production will produce the pilot in association with Warner Bros. TV.
Ellen Degeneres currently serves as host of "The Ellen Degeneres Show." The show enters its ninth season on September 12, fresh from winning the Daytime Emmy for "Outstanding Talk Show." During its eight seasons, the show has earned a total of 35 Daytime Emmy Awards. Additionally, DeGeneres has won eleven People's Choice Awards and most recently, the Teen Choice Award for "Choice Comedian" for a third consecutive year. Additionally, the show has won a Genesis Award and a GLAAD Media Award for "Outstanding Talk Show Episode."
DeGeneres had the honor of hosting the highly rated 79th Annual Academy Awards and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program." In addition to hosting the Oscars, DeGeneres has hosted the Primetime Emmy Awards three times. Her performance as host of the 2001 awards show garnered her rave reviews for providing a perfect balance of wit and heartfelt emotion for the post-September 11th telecast. DeGeneres served as host for an array of industry events, including the 38th and 39th Annual Grammy Awards, for which she earned an Emmy nomination.
DeGeneres also received critical acclaim for her HBO stand-up specials. "The Beginning" received two Emmy nominations in 2001, and the special entitled "Here and Now" was also nominated for two Emmys in 2003.
In the course of producing and starring in "Ellen," DeGeneres received numerous accolades, including The People's Choice Award in 1995, two Golden Globe nominations and two Screen Actors Guild nominations. Other television credits include Executive Producing and starring with Sharon Stone in the Emmy-nominated "If These Walls Could Talk II" for HBO, as well as a guest appearance on the "Larry Sanders Show," for which she received another Emmy nomination.
DeGeneres has also been successful in her feature film work. DeGeneres scored unprecedented popular and critical response to her character, Dory, the fish with extremely short-term memory, in the blockbuster animated feature film, "Finding Nemo." DeGeneres' feature film credits include "EDTV" for director Ron Howard, "Mr. Wrong," "The Love Letter" for Dreamworks, New Regency's "Goodbye Lover," and "Coneheads."
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