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Lesbian actress Portia de Rossi won’t be returning to series television anytime soon

Lesbian actress Portia de Rossi won’t be returning to series television anytime soon

Her wife, Ellen DeGeneres, may be on television virtually every single day but Portia de Rossi has been having trouble this year landing a regular television gig of her own.

NBC will not be making a series out of Mockingbird Lane, an updated version of the 1960s cult favorite series that De Rossi starred in with Jerry O’Connell.

She only became available for Mockingbird Lane because The Smart One, a pilot she starred in for ABC which was produced by DeGeneres, was not picked up as a series.

Creator Bryan Fuller broke the news on Twitter: ‘I tweet with a heavy heart,” he wrote. “NBC not moving forward with #MockingbirdLane. From producers and cast, thank you all for enthusiasm and support.’

The pilot, in which De Rossi portrayed family matriarch Lily Munster, aired on NBC in October as a Halloween special. It featured two major gay talents calling the shots behind the scenes: Pushing Daisies creator Fuller and X-Men director Bryan Singer.

Mockingbird Lane was to be the latest series role in a highly successful television career for De Rossi that began with her role as lawyer Nelle Porter on Ally McBeal and continued with her role of Lindsay Bluth the Emmy winning Arrested Development.

More recently, she played the high-strung, over-sexual, and controlling Veronica Palmer on the ABC sitcom Better Off Ted and appeared in the fifth season of Nip/Tuck as the girlfriend of Joely Richardson’s character.