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The Ellen Show

Friday 8:00–8:30 p.m.
Cast:Ellen DeGeneres, Cloris Leachman, Emily Rutherfurd, Martin Mull

It didn't take DeGeneres four years to come out on her new show. Only minutes into her second eponymous show she made the now well-known declaration that she's gay. DeGeneres sheds any political or social undercurrents and goes for wholesome fun in The Ellen Show. Think Mayberry rather than Manhattan. She plays a high-powered Internet executive who trades in the fast track for the blue highways of her small town. Leachman plays her mother and Rutherfurd her scatterbrained sister.

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