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Malin Akerman Joins Portia de Rossi’s ABC Comedy

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 09:  Actress Malin Akerman arrives at Tesla Worldwide Debut of Model X on February 9, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Tesla)

Portia de Rossi's ABC comedy pilot The Smart One has pulled Malin Akerman aboard, with the Wanderlust and Watchmen actress set to co-star. The show revolves around "a brilliant and successful woman (de Rossi) who has to go to work for her less brainy but more popular sister (Akerman) — a former beauty queen, weather girl … and now big-city mayor," Deadline writes. Jean Smart will play the ladies' mother, and, oh yeah, Ellen DeGeneres is executive producing.

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