Shonda Rhimes beautiful relationship with Netflix is to deliver a series of new projects set to lift the platform to dizzying new heights!
‘The New York Times’ met with the TV mogul to discuss the Netflix deal and what it would mean for its subscribers.
Its analysis of the eight shows she is building for it?
In addition to a show about a grifter, Ms. Rhimes has seven other series in the works at Netflix, ranging from period dramas to a documentary.
■ An adaptation of a group of lush romance novels set in Regency England — the Bridgerton Series, by Julia Quinn — that the “Scandal” veteran Chris Van Dusen will turn into a dramatic series.
■ A series based on “Reset,” a book by the former tech executive Ellen Pao about sexism in Silicon Valley. Ms. Rhimes said she was likely to write this one.
■ “The Warmth of Other Suns,” the award-winning 2010 nonfiction book by Isabel Wilkerson on the flight of African-Americans from the Jim Crow South to the North and the West. It will be adapted by the actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith.
■ “Pico & Sepulveda,” a series set in Mexican California during the 1840s.
■ An upstairs-downstairs series called “The Residence,” based on the 2015 nonfiction book of the same title, by Kate Andersen Brower, about the private lives of United States presidents, their families and White House staff.
■ “Sunshine Scouts,” a series that Ms. Rhimes described as a “darkly comic, ironic, twisty show about some foul-mouthed teenage girls who are trapped at the end of the world.” The writer and director Jill Alexander will be in charge of this one.
■ “Hot Chocolate Nutcracker,” a documentary centered on the dancer and choreographer Debbie Allen and her reimagining of the holiday ballet.
Due dates for the projects, that Netflix has given Shonda $150 million for, are yet to be announced as they are still in development.
I said, ‘I’m not going to make you a second ‘Grey’s Anatomy.That was one of the first things I said. And they said, ‘I’m not interested in you making a second ‘Grey’s Anatomy.’