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Posted Thursday 8/09/18 at 2:00PM EDT
Shonda Rhimes: CBS wouldn't allow Sara Ramirez to return to Grey's Anatomy
In a Q&A on her Instagram Stories, Rhimes was asked about Ramirez potentially reprising her role as Callie Torres. “Let me tell you something — we tried,” Rhimes answered. “CBS has a hold of her. Because she’s on (Madam Secretary) And we can’t get her. But we love her. Always. This is her home. Come home Callie.” According to TVLine, Grey's Anatomy tried to book Ramirez for the Season 14 finale, to say goodbye to Jessica Capshaw's Arizona.
Posted Tuesday 8/07/18 at 10:55PM EDT
ABC's Channing Dungey on Roseanne Barr's firing over racist tweet: "In some ways, this was a last straw"
More than two months after canceling Roseanne and essentially firing Barr, ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey says she wouldn't have done anything differently. She also says her decision "wasn't that difficult." Dungey also noted that she had been asked about Barr's Twitter account a year ago. "It's not a secret that she has had a tendency in the past to be sort of outspoken and go off-book," said Dungey. "We've had multiple conversations about wanting to keep the focus on the show and not to let some of the other stuff eclipse the show. So, in some ways, this was a last straw. But it was also such an egregious tweet that it felt like no matter what, there would have been some action that we would have taken." She adds: "I think the swift, decisive action really spoke volumes and I think we're proud of what we did."
- "The Conners’ have started to take a cue from Marvel and Shondaland in terms of holding everything close," says Dungey on the spinoff's secrecy
- Dungey has seen three outlines for The Conners: "What I can tell you us that thematically we will be focusing on a lot of the same themes that we were in the first nine episodes"
- Dungey on Black-ish creator Kenya Barris' exit: He was "frustrated" by the limitations of broadcast TV
- Dungey talks life without Shonda Rhimes, says ABC might add another Marvel show
- Dungey on American Idol Season 2: "We’re hoping this year to do even more of the live shows"
Posted Monday 7/30/18 at 7:08PM EDT
Netflix plans to make all eight of Shonda Rhimes' initial group of TV shows
Rhimes recently unveiled to The New York Times the first eight TV projects she's working on at Netflix. “We expect to make that slate,” Netflix vice president of original content Cindy Holland, indicating all eight of those TV projects will be made. Holland wouldn't go into detail about Ryan Murphy's Netflix deal since it just began earlier this month. She also wouldn't say anything about reports that Black-ish creator Kenya Barris was headed to Netflix.
Posted Thursday 7/26/18 at 1:45PM EDT
Buffy reboot showrunner addresses the backlash: "It could be time to meet a new Slayer"
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Monica Owusu-Breen, who has been tapped to create the new Buffy with a black female lead, posted the following statement on Twitter this morning addressing the backlash to the reboot news: "For some genre writers it's Star Wars. Buffy the Vampire Slayer is my Star Wars ... Before I became a writer, I was a fan. For seven seasons, I watched Buffy Summers grow up, find love, kill that love. I watched her fight, and struggle and slay ... There is only one Buffy. One Xander, one Willow, Giles, Cordelia, Oz, Tara, Kendra, Faith, Spike, Angel … They can't be replaced. Joss Whedon's brilliant and beautiful series can't be replicated. I wouldn't try to ... But here we are, 20 years later … and the world seems a lot scarier. So maybe, it could be time to meet a new Slayer … And that's all I can say."
Posted Friday 7/20/18 at 7:53PM EDT
Shonda Rhimes reveals the eight TV projects she's developing for Netflix
Rhimes' "grand Netflix ambitions" are revealed in a New York Times profile of Rhimes, where she emphasized how she told Netflix that she's not making another Grey's Anatomy. “I wanted the new Shondaland to be a place where we expand the types of stories we tell, where my fellow talented creatives could thrive and make their best work and where we as a team come to the office each day filled with excitement,” said Rhimes. Planned Shondaland shows include Pico & Sepulveda, set in the 1840s then-Mexican state of California, a series about White House staffers based on the book The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House and a series based on the Pulitzer-winning book The Warmth of Other Suns, about the migration of African-Americans from the South to the Northeast in the 20th Century. Ellen Pao's sexual harassment Silicon Valley lawsuit and Debbie Allen's Hot Chocolate Nutcracker reimagining of The Nutcracker will form Rhimes' other Netflix TV projects. They join the Anna Delvey series that was announced last month.
Posted Monday 7/09/18 at 7:23PM EDT
Shonda Rhimes unveils her new Shondaland Netflix office
Visitors to Rhimes' new Netflix office are greeted by the following message: "Shondaland is a place where everyone is the main character of their own story."
Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 9:19PM EDT
How Netflix tries to prevent its original shows from getting lost in its avalanche of content
“These myths that the competition puts out there, and the media fuels, are absurd," says Netflix's vice president of product Todd Yellin. He says Netflix shows get more viewership than if they existed on another platform. Nevertheless, Netflix is investing $2 billion a year to promote its new series. Yellin also points to Netflix's fabled recommendation engine that brings viewers to new content. "We are able to unlock audiences for titles that you wouldn’t expect," he says. "That argument applies as much to a big Shonda (Rhimes) or Ryan (Murphy) show as it applies to an indie film or documentary we’re also putting up on the service.”
Posted Friday 6/08/18 at 11:16PM EDT
Shonda Rhimes sets her first Netflix series based on viral New York City socialite scammer Anna Delvey
Shondaland and Netflix have picked up the rights to the May 28 viral New York Magazine article "How Anna Delvey Tricked New York’s Party People" by Jessica Pressler about Anna Delvey, who scammed her way into becoming an "it" girl in New York City's social scene and conned people into funding her lavish lifestyle. According to Deadline's Nellie Andreeva, "since coming out on May 28, Pressler’s story has become an instant hot commodity, with about a dozen producers pursuing it for a screen adaptation, both in TV and features. I hear that Netflix stepped up in a big way, and Rhimes’ commitment to do the adaptation as her first series for the streaming platform further tipped the scales." This is Rhimes' first project under her blockbuster Netflix deal.
Posted Wednesday 5/30/18 at 2:14PM EDT
Roseanne executive producer recalls the "shock" of learning of cancelation on the first day working on Season 2
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Dave Caplan says "there was a lot of bittersweet hellos — and a couple hours later, a lot of very difficult goodbyes." He says the writing staff first learned about the cancelation via the media. "Everybody is still in shock at how quickly this all went down," he says. "It's unfortunate because the writers did pass on other jobs to take this job and nobody really knows yet what kind of compensation they're going to get. Everybody is a little bit on edge about how it's going to turn out. But we all know it's a wasted opportunity to write more episodes."
- ABC president apologizes to Roseanne's now-unemployed staff: "We're so sorry they were swept up in all of this and we give thanks to their remarkable talents, wish them well and hope to find another way to work together down the road."
- Roseanne Barr tweets "I’m not a racist. I never was & I never will be" before retweeting an anti-Valerie Jarrett Wikileaks document dump
- Dictionary searches for "racist" have skyrocketed in the past 24 hours
- Ambien maker responds to Roseanne's Ambien defense: "racism is not a known side effect"
- Mindy Kaling offers to "write things" for Laurie Metcalf and John Goodman
- Lena Dunham responds to Kaling's tweet, offering to do a spinoff "starring Darlene’s cool kids"
- Whoopi Goldberg slams Roseanne for retweeting a fake anti-Trump meme about her
- From Jackie to Darlene to Jackie and Darlene: Five ways Roseanne could return without Roseanne Barr
- Jimmy Kimmel imagines a Roseanne-less Roseanne show that focuses on Dan Conner
- Why Roseanne can't carry on without Roseanne Barr: She'll undermine the show with her tweeting
- Julia Louis-Dreyfus responds to Roseanne with an Instagram picture with "my pal" Valerie Jarrett
- Shonda Rhimes blasts Roseanne's Ambien defense, tells her to "#ownyouractions"
- Bill Maher -- who also was canceled by ABC amid controversy -- gets caught in the Roseanne cancelation crossfire
Posted Tuesday 5/29/18 at 1:56PM EDT
ABC cancels Roseanne after Roseanne Barr's racist tweet
"Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.” ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said in a statement following the furor over Barr comparing former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett to an ape in a tweet this morning. Barr apologized soon after and vowed to quit Twitter. This is the first time ABC has taken action in response to Barr's controversial tweets. ABC's cancelation came less than two hours after consulting producer Wanda Sykes quit the show. This isn't the first time Barr has compared a black Obama administration official to an ape. In 2013, she tweeted that Susan Rice "is a man with big swinging ape balls." A half hour before ABC announced its cancelation, Sara Gilbert reacted to her TV mom's racist tweet: "Roseanne’s recent comments about Valerie Jarrett, and so much more, are abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show. I am disappointed in her actions to say the least. This is incredibly sad and difficult for all of us, as we’ve created a show that we believe in, are proud of, and that audiences love— one that is separate and apart from the opinions and words of one cast member."
- Disney CEO Bob Iger praised the cancelation: "There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing"
- Emma Kenney was planning to quit the show after Roseanne's tweet: "I am hurt, embarrassed, and disappointed. The racist and distasteful comments from Roseanne are inexcusable... As I called my manager to quit working on Roseanne, I found out the show got cancelled. I feel so empowered by @iamwandasykes , Channing Dungey and those at ABC standing up against abuse of power and lack of values. Bullies do not win. Ever."
- Shonda Rhimes tweeted praise for ABC's decision: "Thank you, Channing...The terrible part is all of the talented innocent people who worked on that show now suffer because of this. #notjustice...But honestly she got what she deserved. As I tell my 4 year old, one makes a choice with one’s actions. Roseanne made a choice. A racist one. ABC made a choice. A human one."
- Showrunner Bruce Helford responds to cancelation: "On behalf of all the writers and producers, we worked incredibly hard to create an amazing show. I was personally horrified and saddened by the comments and in no way do they reflect the values of the people who worked so hard to make this the iconic show that it is."
- Roseanne Barr dropped by her agency: "We are all greatly distressed by the disgraceful and unacceptable tweet from Roseanne Barr this morning"
- Black-ish creator Kenya Barris says "Bye-bye!!!" on Instagram
- Rita Moreno calls Roseanne "a sorry excuse for a human being...Your meanness is staggering and will earn you a ticket to a sad, lonely and sorry life"
- Valerie Jarett was already scheduled to appear on MSNBC tonight as part of a "Everyday Racism in America" special
# TOPICS: Roseanne, ABC, Bob Iger, Bruce Helford, Channing Dungey, Emma Kenney, Kenya Barris, Rita Moreno, Roseanne Barr, Sara Gilbert, Shonda Rhimes, Valerie Jarrett, Wanda Sykes, Cancellations, Renewals & Pickups
Posted Friday 5/18/18 at 11:54PM EDT
Grey’s Anatomy stands as a testament to the power of an old-fashioned, long-running network series
Source: The A.V. Club
While the current TV trend emphasizes shorter seasons and quality over quantity, Grey's is that rare throwback to past TV series that were able to run for years while maintaining interest among fans. As Caroline Siede explains, "long-running show like Grey’s Anatomy measures its successes and failures in eras, not episodes or even seasons. And while Grey’s Anatomy has had some real low points over the years (yes, this is a medical series where someone had sex with a ghost that turned out to be a manifestation of her brain tumor), it’s had plenty of peaks to counter those valleys. The show’s most recent creative renaissance came thanks to its biggest ever creative shakeup—the decision to kill off Patrick Dempsey’s Dr. Derek 'McDreamy' Shepherd in the 11th season episode 'How To Save A Life.' In examining what Meredith’s life looks like in a post-Derek world, Grey’s Anatomy got a creative kick start (not to mention a ratings boost). And since then it’s been refreshingly willing to mine its own past for emotional resonance, most successfully in seasons 12 and 14."
Posted Thursday 5/17/18 at 10:42PM EDT
How Grey's Anatomy said goodbye to Sarah Drew and Jessica Capshaw
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Ellen Pompeo strongly hinted how fan favorites April and Arizona likely wouldn't exit the series in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. "And judging from how Thursday's finale ended for both departing actresses, it's clear that the ABC medical drama valued Capshaw and Drew as much as their legions of viewers did," says Lesley Goldberg. After the episode ended, Shonda Rhimes paid tribute to the actresses, tweeting: "I will never stop being grateful for the chance to work with @sarahdrew and @JessicaCapshaw. In April and Arizona, they created powerful unforgettable characters.
Posted Monday 5/14/18 at 11:28PM EDT
Netflix boss: Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy "don't care" about viewership numbers
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"They don't want to know," says Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos. "In fact, there's great comfort that comes from not having this arbitrary apples-to-oranges measurement against other things on television. If we're happy, they're happy."
Posted Friday 5/11/18 at 6:52PM EDT
How to Get Away with Murder renewed for Season 5
Creator Pete Nowalk announced the news on Twitter that his Shondaland drama starring Viola Davis will be back next season: "Season 5, we are coming for you! Thanks to all our fans #HTGAWM.”
Posted Friday 5/11/18 at 6:52PM EDT
ABC renews Shondaland freshman dramas For the People and Station 19, plus American Housewife
The Britt Robertson-starring For the People has struggled in the ratings, but it'll be back for a second season. Grey's Anatomy spinoff Station 19 will also return as it is ranked No. 3 among all ABC dramas (behind Grey's and The Good Doctor). Comedy American Housewife successfully moved to its post-Modern Family timeslot in its second season.