Articles about Shonda Rhimes
Rise to power
Bridgerton creator and executive producer Shonda Rhimes introduces spin-off prequel Queen Charlotte, as members of the cast preview what’s in store for fans of the Netflix period drama.
Bridgerton, the first Netflix series from Shonda Rhimes’ Shondaland, upends costume drama traditions in a romantic, scandalous take on Regency England.
Creative arms race
As Netflix and Amazon continue to flex their financial muscles, battle lines are being drawn between network, cable and digital channels in the fight for top writing talent.
A stroll through Shondaland
Showrunner extraordinaire Shonda Rhimes walks back through her career, from her start in films to launching Grey’s Anatomy and bringing through new writers at her production label Shondaland.
The politics of TV writing
To mark Donald Trump’s shock victory over Hillary Clinton in the US presidential election, we look at the writers behind some of the country’s political TV drama series.
Black writing talent thriving in US
Europe’s abject record on nurturing black behind-the-camera talent is well documented, but the US TV market is providing a platform for some remarkable black writers. Andy Fry highlights some of the new and established talent on the scene.
Screenwriters lay down the law
Perry Mason, Petrocelli, JAG, LA Law, Ally McBeal, Boston Legal, The Practice, Damages – no one does legal drama quite like the US. Here are 10 current and upcoming law-based series.
CBS in transgender breakthrough
CBS’s new legal drama Doubt will star Katherine Heigl. But it is the casting of transgender actress Laverne Cox in the show that is capturing the headlines.
End of season report card
In the US, the 2015/16 TV season is drawing to a close – so which scripted shows have done the business for the big four networks?
Anthologies continue Amazing advance
In the latest example of the trend toward anthology shows, Hannibal’s Bryan Fuller is rebooting NBC’s 1980s series Amazing Stories. Meanwhile, a Belgian scripted format is being adapted for the US and Shondaland is taking a novel to TV.
A journey through ShondaLand
A Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity panel featuring key figures from ShondaLand — the production stable responsible for such hits as How to Get Away with Murder — provided fascinating insight into what makes the firm’s shows so successful. Andy Fry reports.
The main event
ABC came out top in the US freshman drama stakes thanks to a single showrunner and some clever marketing. Channing Dungey, ABC Entertainment Group executive VP of drama development, explains how the network is ‘eventizing’ its schedule.