The Comprehensive Guide to Every New TV Show Coming From Shondaland
Shonda Rhimes and her powerhouse production company, Shondaland, have single-handedly made us look forward to #TGIT even more than #TGIF—thanks to the addictive trio of "Grey's Anatomy," "Scandal," and "How to Get Away With Murder". A fourth drama, "The Catch," will be joining the exclusive TV club come mid-season, but that's not all Rhimes and Co. has on deck. Clear out all the space on your DVR, because here are all of the details on the six — yes, six! — new shows that Shondaland has in the works.
We know Shondaland has the whole drama thing down pat, but now, they're trying to take a crack at comedy. Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers sold the sitcom back in August to ABC, and here's what we know so far: Written by Trophy Wife creators Emily Halpern & Sarah Haskins, the comedy will follow a group of singles who all live in the same cul-de-sac — and all recently survived divorces. The show will revolve around them banding together to raise their kids and weather the various divorce-related issues.
"Untitled Marriage Comedy"
Rhimes isn't just taking on divorce, she's also got a marriage project in the works — coming from Scandal's Scott Foley and his Felicity co-star Greg Grunberg. The half-hour comedy tells the tale of engaged couple Max and Paige, who have family and friends tell stories about them at their rehearsal dinner — but flashbacks reveal the toasts don't always tell the full picture. We've never seen Rhimes do something quite so lighthearted, but we don't doubt she's going to nail it.
"Untitled Convent Drama"
Never have I ever thought I would type those three words together, but I should know by now that "never" is not a word in Rhimes' vocabulary. This project comes written by former Lost and Fringe writer Alison Schapker, and it's bringing nuns into Rhimes' dramatic world of doctors, lawyers, and politicians. The hour-long drama will tell the story of a group of Catholic nuns simultaneously fighting the closure of their Bronx convent and dealing with the arrival of three young newcomers (and the long-kept secret they uncover). Leave it to Shonda to make a convent drama sound riveting, am I right?
"Untitled Medevac Iraq Drama"
It was a medical drama that put Shondaland on the map (Grey's, ever heard of it?), and now she's returning to her roots—but to add an extra layer of tension, this series takes place in 2004 Baghdad. The project focuses on the U.S. Army Medevac (medical evacuation) team who works to save lives in the height of the Iraq war, but will also mix in soap-y aspects like relationships, sex, and partying (yes, for real).
It may still be a drama, but this Romeo and Juliet sequel is definitely a first for Rhimes and co. Based on the book by Melinda Taub, Still Star-Crossed will be Shondaland's first true period drama, set in 16th century Verona immediately following the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. But despite taking place centuries ago, the book still has plenty of the soap opera-esque elements that Shonda loves: It follows the ongoing issues between the Capulets and the Montagues, and ends with Romeo's best friend, Benvolio, being ordered to marry Rosaline, Juliet's cousin and the first girl Romeo loved.
"Untitled Nanny Dramedy"
If a Shondaland dream team exists, this might just be it: Rhimes, Beers, Kerry Washington, and Katie Lowes have all teamed up to executive produce this comedic drama about the lives of young nannies, the interconnected families they work for, and the various household staff. Described as both edgy and comical, the show promises to bring the "insanity of modern child-rearing" to TV — but, to be honest, they had us at Rhimes-Beers-Washington-Lowes.
Listen to Shonda Rhimes talks about writing complex characters, and shying away from "nice" girls. Watch her full MAKERS profile here.
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