Ellen's About-Face

First she came out, now she’s coming back: Ellen DeGeneres, who vowed after the cancellation of her ABC sitcom in 1998 that she was leaving show biz, is close to signing a CBS pilot deal, reports Variety. The new program will be for a show-within-a-show comedy vehicle described as “‘The Larry Sanders Show’ meets ‘The Carol Burnett Show.'” Ellen will play the host of a TV variety show (similar to Burnett in her 1967-78 series), but the storylines would also delve into the character’s life off-camera. The project is targeted for the 2000-01 season.

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