7 Dream Castings For Ellen Degeneres’s NBC Comedy Series

NBC has given One Big Happy the greenlight for a pilot episode. We have casting ideas — all the casting ideas.

Ellen Degeneres is working on a new comedy series for NBC, One Big Happy, that will feature a lesbian lead character.

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Degeneres is set to serve as executive producer on the comedy alongside out writer Liz Feldman, who is behind the current CBS show 2 Broke Girls. The plot will follow the story of a gay woman and her straight male best friend. The two decide to have a baby, just as her friend falls in love and decides to get married.

Not many details about the show have been revealed, but it’s already the best show ever.

No names are attached to the project, so maybe we can put forward a few suggestions:

1. Leading Lady: Rashida Jones

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She is everyone’s dream girl — and not a stranger to kissing the ladies either. After Parks And Recreation, the least she could do is stay on our television screens.


Straight Best Friend: Donald Glover

Imaginary scene: Jones drags Glover to her lamaze class where everyone assumes they are a married couple.

2. Leading Lady: Ali Liebert


You may recognize her from the show Bomb Girls, may it rest in peace. She is adorable and sexy all at the same time; it’s the best sort of confusing.


Straight Best Friend: Jon Hamm

Imaginary Scene: Hamm asks Leibert for sex advice when it comes to pleasing the ladies and is shocked by what he learns.


3. Leading Lady: Raven-Symoné

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Her comeback is long overdue and this is the perfect role for the newly out actress.


Television needs more Raven — we all need more Raven.

Straight Best Friend: Jason Biggs

Imaginary scene: Jason Bigg’s girlfriend doesn’t understand the relationship he has with Raven and believes he is cheating. She tries to prove they are “just friends” and makes things worse.

4. Leading Lady: Kat Dennings

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On 2 Broke Girls, Kat had some pretty obvious chemistry with her female co-star, so why not step it up a notch?

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She has proven herself to be one of the funniest ladies around. Period.

Striaght Best Friend: Dev Patel

Imaginary scene: Dennings drags Patel to a lesbian bar, where he ends up being more popular than she is.

5. Leading Lady: Jenna Ushkowitz

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On Glee she is constantly stealing scenes, so why not give her a lead role already?


Straight Best Friend: John Krasinski

Imaginary scene: Jenna wants to know more about how straight people have sex, because she honestly doesn’t get it. “Right, but how does that work…”


6. Leading Lady: America Ferrera

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It’s been a hot minute since Ugly Betty and this actress is simply too talented to not be a constant presence in our lives.


Straight Best Friend: John Cho

Imaginary scene: Ferrera’s grandparents, who don’t know she is gay, come for a surprise visit. Cho helps cover as her fake boyfriend for one night.

7. Leading Lady: Lizzy Caplan

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The current star on Masters Of Sex, nobody keeps it as real as Lizzy Caplan while being equally endearing, gorgeous, and hilarious.

Pair her with New Girl’s Jake Johnson and this is a done deal.

Imaginary scene: After getting in a fight with his fiancée, Johnson crashes on Caplan’s couch — unaware that she has a woman over.

Who would you pick for your own dream cast?

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Sarah Karlan is the Deputy LGBT Editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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