[07/18/12 - 08:16 AM]
The Futon's First Look: "The Smart One" (ABC)

[03/29/12 - 08:49 AM]
2012 ABC Program Development Guide - Comedy Series
ABC details its 13 comedy pilots under consideration for next season - plus their initial logs.

[03/27/12 - 11:04 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, March 27
Updates include: Ken Howard reports to ABC's "Counter Culture"; Lindsay Lohan, Whoopi Goldberg to visit FOX's "Glee"; and Nestor Carbonell lands role on "The Smart One" at ABC.

[03/27/12 - 11:04 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, March 27
Updates include: Ken Howard reports to ABC's "Counter Culture"; Lindsay Lohan, Whoopi Goldberg to visit FOX's "Glee"; and Nestor Carbonell lands role on "The Smart One" at ABC.

[03/09/12 - 11:16 PM]
Development Update: Friday, March 9
Updates include: Claire Forlani to lead "Scruples" at ABC; Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin join A&E's "Bates Motel"; and Matt Letscher is the latest to The CW's "Carrie Diaries."

[02/29/12 - 11:50 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, February 29
Updates include: Dane Cook to star in NBC's "Next Caller Please"; Hayden Panettiere is bound for ABC's "Nashville"; and Ashley Greene is the latest to "Americana" at ABC.

[02/16/12 - 10:45 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, February 16
Updates include: Kristin Kreuk to star in The CW's "Beauty and the Beast"; Colin Ferguson to be "Like Father" for FOX; and Malin Akerman, Jean Smart join "The Smart One" at ABC.

[02/14/12 - 11:03 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, February 14
Updates include: Jonny Lee Miller to play Sherlock Holmes for CBS; Bryan Fuller's "Hannibal" gets series order at NBC; and Sophia Bush is cast in CBS's "Partners."

[02/03/12 - 10:59 PM]
Development Update: Friday, February 3
Updates include: Andre Braugher to star in ABC's "Last Resort"; Michael Angarano, JoAnna Garcia Swisher land leads in CBS comedies; and FOX adds three more pilots to its roster.

[09/09/11 - 10:46 PM]
Development Update: Friday, September 9
Updates include: Portia de Rossi, Reba McEntire each land comedy pilots; Sarah Chalke to visit "Cougar Town"; and Jonathan E. Steinberg eyes "Beauty and the Beast" at ABC.

9/9/11 - 7/18/12
previously in development (2012-2013 season)
ordered to pilot
(from ABC's press release, March 2012) How can people raised exactly the same see life so differently? Meet two sisters who are total opposites. Jude (Portia de Rossi) is brainy, logical, and intellectual. There's no code she can't crack. Her sister Candy (Malin Akerman) has great people skills and regular-folks appeal. If life were a popularity contest, she'd always win. And if you asked them... each would say, "I'm the smart one." Jude is single, beautiful, driven, and a little prickly (not the warm and fuzzy type). She's also a politically brilliant campaign manager. The candidate she was backing just lost the mayoral race to a former beauty pageant queen and weekend weather reporter - who happens to be Jude's sister Candy. Candy is popular, enthusiastic, a PTA mom with a loving husband - Buddy (David Arquette) - and now she's been elected to the top spot in City Hall... no doubt to her sister Jude's amazement. Their mother Helen (Jean Smart), who's no slouch in the smarts department herself, knows that Mayor Candy can't be successful without Jude's help. So she hatches a plan to get Jude to join Candy's team. Now, who's really the smart one? With Jude's braininess and Candy's connections, this combination could be dynamite - or at least explosive. It won't always be pretty, and the sibling rivalry will get intense, but in the end, these sisters always vote for each other. From Emmy-winning talk show host and executive producer Ellen DeGeneres and executive producers Donald Todd (Hart of Dixie, Samantha Who?, Ugly Betty) and Lauren Corrao (The Job), comes this smart new comedy, set against a political backdrop, about two very different sisters who will put family first, and finally learn to appreciate each other's unique gifts.
· David Arquette as Buddy Cooper
· Jean Smart as Helen Swann
· Malin Akerman as Candy Cooper
· Matt Oberg as Martin
· Nestor Carbonell as Nathan Charles (Guest Star)
· Portia de Rossi as Judith "Jude" Swann
· Stephanie Beatriz as Natalee
· Don Todd as CRTR/EP
· Ellen DeGeneres as EP
· Lauren Corrao as EP
· Michael Fresco as DIR (Pilot)
· comedy (all)
· comedy (single-camera)
· A Very Good Production
· Warner Bros. Television