Shonda Rhimes is killing the game, and we are all witnesses to her royal rule over television and cable.
Now, after slaying the competition for years as a network TV mogul and owning Thursday evenings by creating the iconic shows “Scandal,” “How to Get Away With Murder” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” Rhimes is now taking her vast reservoir of talents to Netflix.
You can almost hear a large sucking sound as a gigantic void has been created by Rhimes’ departure from ABC, and the center of the TV universe migrates over to the popular subscription streaming network.
Rhimes has an astounding eight new shows on the shelf that are poised to make their debut on Neflix in the coming months and years. And while her first blockbuster TV show based in a hospital put her on the map, she made it unequivocally clear that she has no interest in making another “Grey’s Anatomy,” the New York Times reports.
“I said, ‘I’m not going to make you a second ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ” Rhimes, 48, told a Netflix content director during an exclusive discussion. “That was one of the first things I said. And he said, ‘I’m not interested in you making a second ‘Grey’s Anatomy.’ “
The Chicago native and graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Southern California’s famed School of Cinematic Arts has several tasty viewing morsels that she claims have never been seen before.
Here is a sampling of all eight shows that were created from her artistic stockpile called Shondaland:
- The Chocolate Nutcracker: this is a take on another movie and stage maven, Debbie Allen (“A Diff’rent World,” “Fame,” and “Grey’s Anatomy”), and her interpretation of the classic play “The Nutcracker.”
- A movie adaptation of the wildly successful New York Times bestselling book The Warmth of Other Suns. It brilliantly chronicled the legendary flight from the Deep South to the North and West by tens of thousands of African Americans during the era of the violent caste system known as Jim Crow (legal segregation).
- “The Residence“: This show will be based on accounts recorded in an unnamed nonfiction book; it is an inside view into the private lives of presidents, their families and the workers/staff who orbited their worlds.
- Based on a fascinating story in New York magazine, this untitled movie will star a talented grifter who swindled NYC aristocrats out money to fund her glamorous lifestyle but winds up in the infamous Rikers Island prison after being caught.
- A movie based on the interpretation of the book Reset that deals with rampant sexism in Silicon Valley, California, an area just south of San Francisco, that is considered the nation’s premiere IT hub.
- “Sunshine Scouts”: It is a production that Rhimes says is a “darkly comic, ironic, twisty show about some foul-mouthed teenage girls who are trapped at the end of the world,” according to the Times.
- Rhimes’ own version of “The Bridgerton Series,” which looks at the unfolding of stories about eight siblings in the 1800s.
- “Pico & Sepulveda”: Another series that is set in Mexican California during the 1840s.
Which of these shows from Shondaland pique your interest, if not all of them?