If you don’t know the name of Shonda Rhimes, you should. She single handedly is bringing quality scripted tv back. Now comes hopes that a period piece not about struggling Blacks Gilded Lillys will aire on ABC. Gilded Lillys marks Rhimes’ fourth project with ABC: rookie legal drama Scandal is set for midseason; medical dramas Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practicereturn next month for their eighth and fifth seasons, respectively.
Her first project, the one-hour project, which hails from ABC Studios, centers on a young, idealistic and recently fired defense lawyer who struggles to start his own firm with an eclectic group of lawyer misfits, while starting to realize that he may have been fired from his old job because he got too close to a deadly cover-up.
She is an American screenwriter, director and producer. Rhimes is best known as the creator, head writer, and executive producer of acclaimed television series Grey’s Anatomy and its spin-off Private Practice. In May 2007, Rhimes was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Time 100 people who help shape the world. Rhimes was an executive producer for the medical drama series, Off the Map and is currently developing a new series, Scandal for the ABC network which is expected to launch at midseason
Rhimes created a pilot for ABC in 2010 called Inside the Box, a female-centric ensemble drama set in a Washington, D.C. network news bureau. It centered on Catherine, an ambitious female news producer, and her colleagues pursuing “the story” at all costs while juggling their personal animosities and crises of conscience. It was not picked up by the network.
In 2011, Rhimes served as executive producer for the medical drama, Off the Map, which was created byGrey’s Anatomy writer, Jenna Bans. It focused on a group of doctors who practice medicine at a remote clinic in the Amazon.The series was officially cancelled by the ABC network on May 13, 2011. Rhimes had hope the show would be as popular as its sister shows Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice but the ratings were not up to expectations. In May 2011, ABC ordered Rhimes’ pilot script Scandal to series. Kerry Washington stars as Olivia Pope, a political crisis management expert who is partially based on former Bush administration press aide Judy Smith. The series will serve as a midseason replacement.
Shonda Rhimes brings promise of talent to television that we have been missing for quite awhile.