The Shonda Rhimes Takeover Continues on ABC This Fall
At the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon in 2012, the president of ABC (Anne Sweeney) presented Shonda Rhimes with an award. Before she did, she said “We usually give people a seat at the table. We gave Shonda the table.” WELL DAMB! It seems she wasn’t playing one bit because ABC just announced their Fall 2014 lineup and Shonda basically owns Thursday night, which is a huge night in TV.
PLUS, according to IndieWire (and everyone else) they just signed her to an 8-figure deal through 2018. YESSSS FOR THIS SHONDA TAKEOVER! Look at my auntie outchea prospering (Kerry’s my cousin and Shonda’s my aunty. Don’t argue with me).
Besides the fact that she’s an amazing storyteller, what I love about Shonda Rhimes as a showrunner is that she breaks up the monochrome of TV’s primetime casts. There’s people of color in her shows! Yes, it’s incredibly sad that in 2014 we still need to fist pump when we see non-white people on nighttime TV. But Shonda is doing her part because it’s not a matter of TRYING to include diversity. It’s just trying to make her shows reflect real life and that simple fact makes her shows better. LEARN FROM HER, OTHER TV EXECUTIVES!
Anyway, Thursday nights this fall on ABC have three Shonda Rhimes shows back-to-back-to-back. Our inability to deal (Scandal) has been moved up by an hour and there’s a new show in Shondaland. The times are in Eastern Time.
8pm – Grey’s Anatomy | 9pm – Scandal | 10pm – How to Get Away with Murder
I’m totally here for How to Get Away with Murder, which stars the brilliant Viola Davis as a law professor and practicing lawyer. The first look is below and it looks good!
YES, GAWD! My body is READY for all of it. Although, I’m clearly gon be passed out from too much excitement by 11pm ET on Thursdays. IT’S TOO MURCH!
Congrats to Lady Rhimes!
Are y’all looking forward to Thursday nights this fall? Have you been storing away your CANs because you will need extra when it kicks off?