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Ellen DeGeneres is producing a lesbian-themed comedy pilot for NBC

Ellen DeGeneres is producing a lesbian-themed comedy pilot for NBC

It was back in 1997 that the character Ellen DeGeneres played on her self-titled ABC sitcom came out as a lesbian.

DeGeneres, now one of television’s top talk show hosts, is returning to her sitcom roots but behind the scenes this time.

DeGeneres is one of the executive producers of One Big Happy, a comedy pilot ordered by NBC this week.

The comedy is about a lesbian and her straight male best friend who decide to have a baby together. But things get a bit complicated when during this process, one of them meets the love of their life.

Executive producing with DeGeneres is lesbian comedy writer Liz Feldman who is also writing the script. Feldman had worked for DeGeneres on her syndicated daytime talk show.

If the pilot gets the go-ahead to a series, it will be NBC’s latest attempt to succeed with a gay-themed comedy.

The network, which was home to the groundbreaking Will & Grace for eight years, tried last year without success with The New Normal about two gay men starting a family.

Then earlier this week, NBC cancelled Sean Saves the World after 12 episodes. The show starred Will & Grace alum Sean Hayes as a gay single dad raising a teenage daughter.