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Posted Wednesday 4/18/18 at 11:16PM EDT
Shonda Rhimes: There are no plans for Scandal characters to show up on How to Get Away with Murder
Rhimes says it would be up to HTGAWM creator Pete Nowalk for another crossover. “That’s his show and his storytelling," she says. "I don’t know if he’s ever going to mention it. It’s not a plan that either one of us have. Neither one of us have that in our heads as part of a plan, so thus far, no.”
Posted Thursday 4/12/18 at 10:36PM EDT
Here are the nine episodes that helped define Scandal
The series premiere was important, but the Season 2 premiere served the Shonda Rhimes drama's litmus test.
Posted Thursday 4/05/18 at 1:50PM EDT
Scandal's Katie Lowes is getting one of two new Shondaland podcasts
Lowes will talk about motherhood in her weekly podcast Katie's Crib. Shondaland executive producer Betsy Beers is also getting a podcast, Geri & Milli, about the generational gap between her (self-described geriatrics) and her guests (millennials).
Posted Wednesday 4/04/18 at 1:15PM EDT
Black-ish creator Kenya Barris could land the next big Netflix deal after clashing with ABC
Barris is "actively trying to get out of his overall deal with ABC Studios, his creative home since 2015" as Netflix courts him for another big mega-deal in the vein of Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy, reports The Hollywood Reporter. Barris signed his ABC Studios deal just last year, and has three years remaining. The potential Netflix deal comes after Barris clashed with the network over a Black-ish episode that was pulled in February, which reportedly tackled the National Anthem protests. According to The Hollywood Reporter, although ABC described the decision to pull the episode as mutual, "sources say otherwise."
Posted Friday 3/30/18 at 9:30PM EDT
Suzanne Patmore Gibbs, former ABC exec who championed Grey's Anatomy, dies at 50
As the ABC executive in charge of scripted programming, Patmore Gibbs championed and/or shepherded Desperate Housewives, Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, Once Upon a Time, Ugly Betty and Lost. Shonda Rhimes posted on Instagram that she was "the first exec to say 'maybe Shonda could write a TV show.' Then she fought like hell to get us the chance to make the Grey's Anatomy pilot." Bryan Fuller praised her for helping him out with Pushing Daisies: "She gave thoughtful notes over wine, a true class act and genuine, lovely human," he tweeted.
Posted Friday 3/23/18 at 5:23AM EDT
Station 19 excels by toning down the excesses of past Shondaland shows
"Station 19 offers a distinctly Shondaland twist on the fire station drama, without resorting to the gimmicks of Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder, or the latest attempt For the People," says Sonia Saraiya. "The new drama dials down the heightened emotions and quicksilver banter that are hallmarks of the Rhimes brand for a sturdier, subtler story. Because this is a Shondaland show, the back half of the pilot does feature an attractive couple getting naked with each other. But at least Station 19 feels more like a show about characters than a sizzle reel designed to evoke a mood, which places it a cut above the competition."
- Shondaland shows usually feel real and relatable (despite the absurdity) but Station 19 feels less authentic
- It feels too much like a crossover: "Chicago Fire already does this show and does it well"
- Station 19 creator Stacy McKee says the existance of Chicago Fire was never a concern
- Shonda Rhimes didn't set up any ground rules for McKee
- What Station 19 could learn from Private Practice, the first Grey's spinoff
Posted Wednesday 3/21/18 at 11:27PM EDT
Isaiah Washington claims a racist ABC executive got him booted from Grey's Anatomy
Washington tells TMZ it wasn't a homophobic slur that resulted in his exit from the hit ABC drama, and that Shonda Rhimes has his back. So far, no word from Rhimes confirming Washington's story.
Posted Friday 3/16/18 at 3:07PM EDT
Scandal wraps up production today
"It is happening -- today is the final day EVER of production on my beloved @ScandalABC," tweeted Shonda Rhimes. "An amazing crew. A brilliantly talented cast. Spectacular writing staff. Extraordinary fans. Not one storyline regret. Let's do this."
Posted Tuesday 3/13/18 at 10:17PM EDT
Shondaland's For the People is essentially How to Get Away with Murder without Viola Davis
It is as disappointing as that sounds, says Sonia Saraiya of the drama from Shonda Rhimes and Scandal writer Paul William Davies. "For the People is so gratingly self-conscious that at times, especially in the pilot, it’s as if every character is frantically waving their hands and shouting, 'I’m on TV! We’re in a TV show!'" she says, adding: "For the People presents us the Shondaland gold standard of six-odd young overachievers, who all talk too fast and smolder with unresolved sexual tension. Right from the first frame they’re scrambled together in various heterosexual romantic pairings, like shaking dice in a cup and seeing what happens next. But unlike Rhimes’ best shows, For the People lacks even a modicum of subtlety — a subtlety often provided by the lead actor, be it Viola Davis or Kerry Washington. It’s zingy, and follows the right patterns, but For the People is almost impossible to invest in.
- For the People delivers exactly what you want from a Shondaland drama
- There are possibly more words per square inch on For the People than any in Shondaland history
- Britt Robertson seems off in this role -- she lacks the presence to be an intimidating one-on-one negotiator
- You've seen it all before: The Shondaland formula is starting to lose its potency
- For the People exhibits how crowd-pleasing television can have a higher purpose
- For the People is comfortably familiar -- you might appreciate the deep ensemble cast delivering clever dialogue
Posted Friday 3/09/18 at 11:05PM EST
Check out the first Station 19 cast photo
Here are all the Grey's Anatomy spinoff firefighters photographed with a fire truck.
Posted Thursday 3/08/18 at 2:09PM EST
Grey's Anatomy drops fan favorites Jessica Capshaw and Sarah Drew
The popular Grey's stars, who've both been on the ABC medical drama since 2009, will exit at the end of the current 14th season due to creative reasons. “It’s always hard for me to say goodbye to any of my characters,” said Shonda Rhimes in a statement. “Both Arizona Robbins and April Kepner are not only beloved but iconic — both the LBGTQ and devout Christian communities are underrepresented on TV. I will be forever grateful to both Jessica and Sarah for bringing these characters to life with such vibrant performance and for inspiring women around the globe. They will always be a part of our Shondaland family.”
- Sarah Drew reacts on Twitter: "I haven’t really had the time to process this information. I’ve been with it for less than 48 hours..."
- Jessica Capshaw on Arizona: "Her impact on the world is permanent and forever. Forever. I am grateful that I have gotten to bring her to life and for the life that she has brought to me."
Posted Friday 3/02/18 at 5:52PM EST
Why the Scandal-How to Get Away with Murder crossover beauty salon scene was so special
"It isn’t long before their differences are as smoothed out as their respective hairdos, but the beauty shop conversation is quietly revolutionary relative to the superhero spectacle of Black Panther," Joshua Alston says of the unique scene between Olivia Pope and Annalise Keating. "Crucially, it considers the same themes that all black people grapple with when they become rich, accomplished, and powerful: How much responsibility do you have to reach down to help others once you’ve reached the summit? That’s a bigger question that a nighttime soap opera can answer, but the fact that it was broached is enough to make the "How to Get Away With Scandal" crossover much more than a prime-time gimmick." ALSO: The “How To Get Away With Scandal” extravaganza was actually a stunning two hours of television.
Posted Thursday 3/01/18 at 10:28PM EST
Oscars will dedicate a moment to the Time's Up movement
Shonda Rhimes, Laura Dern, Ava DuVernay and other leaders of the Time's Up movement told the media today that they've worked with the Oscar producers to bring attention to their cause. “There’s a moment that’s been carved out,” says DuVernay. The group also announced that unlike the Golden Globes, there will be no coordinated protest on Sunday. ALSO: Yes, Jimmy Kimmel will bring #MeToo into his Oscars monologue.
Posted Friday 2/23/18 at 11:19PM EST
Katie Lowes: I feel really lucky my Scandal role got more compelling while I was pregnant
"It's so fun to play," she tells Elle says of Quinn Perkins. "I mean, especially when you're 38 weeks pregnant. I feel really lucky that in this final season, Quinn has gotten to do a lot of heavy lifting. And I also just feel like it's such a testament to where I work. Because it's not like I told Shonda (Rhimes) I was pregnant and all of a sudden I'm completely written out, and being treated as if something was wrong. It's like, 'Oh, no, no. You're pregnant, now you're gonna run (Olivia Pope and Associates), and you're gonna be asked to do all these amazing things, because it's possible.' You can be pregnant, and be playing a pregnant character who's also a badass. And kicking a**, and taking names."
Posted Tuesday 2/20/18 at 1:46PM EST
A scientific study of 269 Grey's Anatomy episodes found that the medical drama gives a distorted view of patient care
In a "duh" study published Monday in the journal Trauma Surgery & Acute Care, two physicians and a nurse practitioner from St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix reviewed all 269 episodes from the first 12 seasons of Grey's Anatomy. For the 290 patients who appeared on those episodes, they calculated an Injury Severity Score for each patient, based on their injuries and length of stay in the hospital. They then compared those results with real-life patients. Their conclusion? “The balancing act between the presentation of the realistic and the dramatic can actually result in a skewed perception of reality among television viewers,” the researchers found.