Shonda Rhimes Brings 8 New Shows To Netflix

Contributed by BreAnna Bell

Shonda Rhimes reveals eight new shows she’ll be bringing to Netflix as part of her $150 million deal with the streaming site.

With shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder, and For The People, the Shondaland CEO’s shows have been notorious on ABC, which was why many TGIT fans were shocked when the showrunner announced she was leaving the network for Netflix in August 2017.

Rhimes made history last November as the third black woman to be inducted into the TV Hall of Fame. At the time, she mentioned to reporters that while she was sad to leave ABC after working with the network for 15 years, she’s excited for her new start at Netflix

Related: Shonda Rhimes Signs Major Deal With Netflix, Leaving Behind ABC

One of her new shows, announced in June, will follow the true life story of Anna Delvey, best known as the “Socialite Scammer” who pretended to be a German heiress to con banks and individuals alike into giving her hundreds of thousands of dollars. Another one will be a documentary focusing on the Debbie Allen Dance Academy’s award-winning rendition of the classic ballet, “The Nutcracker.”

“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 in a new press release.

As for Netflix’s feelings toward their new partnership with Shondaland, Cindy Holland, the Vice President of Original Content at Netflix tells Harper’s Bazaar, “Infused with Shonda’s sensibility, the Shondaland slate is shaping up to be something truly special that we know will delight our members around the world.”

Here is the full rundown of her upcoming shows:

1.One untitled project will be a period series set in the Regency era and will be based on the Bridgerton Family Series of romance novels by Julia Quinn.

2. The second, called A Warmth of Other Sons, is based on a nonfiction book of the same name by Isabella Wilkerson and will detail the mass migration of black Americans from the south to the north and midwest during the Jim Crow era.

3. Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change will be based on a memoir by Ellen Pao, the former Reddit and Kleiner Perkins executive who stepped down from the former amid controversy and filed a gender discrimination suit against the latter.

4. Not much is known about the fourth project, Pico and Sepulveda, except that it takes place in California during the 1840s.

5. Rhimes will pair again with Grey’s Anatomy star Debbie Allen for a docuseries called Hot Chocolate Nutcracker about Allen’s successful attempt to re-imagine the classic ballet The Nutcracker for the Debbie Allen Dance Company.

6. Sunshine Scouts will be a post apocalyptic show about teen girls who survive the end of the world while at summer camp and must deal with the remains of humanity.

7. The Residence will also be based on a book, this one by Kate Anderson Bower, who writes about the lives of American presidents while they lived in the White House.

8. Her show on Anna Delvey’s life remains untitled, but it’s based on the New York Magazine article How Anna Delvey Tricked New York’s Party People by Jessica Pressler. Manhattan makes a new friend like no other. But is she the stuff American dreams are made of or is she New York’s biggest con woman? Is it a con if you enjoy being taken?

While all the shows are listed as Shondaland productions, there is still no news yet when they will begin filming or when they are set to premiere.

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