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'Ringer' star Nestor Carbonell joins ABC pilot 'The Smart One'

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Nestor Carbonell has joined the cast of ABC pilot The Smart One.

The Ringer actor will portray a wealthy real estate developer who is the ex-boyfriend of Portia de Rossi's character Jude.

According to TVLine, Carbonell will initially appear in the show as a guest star. While his contract is believed to have an option to make his character a series regular, he has put the show in second position to Ringer, which will take priority if it is renewed by The CW.

The Smart One is a single-camera comedy which follows de Rossi's character Judith 'Jude' Swann as she starts work for her less intelligent sister Candy Swann Cooper, played by Watchmen and Inferno star Malin Akerman.

The show includes de Rossi's wife Ellen DeGeneres on its team of executive producers and the pilot script has been written by Donald Todd (Ugly Betty, Samantha Who?, Hart of Dixie).

Jean Smart will play Jude and Candy's mother on The Smart One, while David Arquette has been cast as Candy's husband.

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