Shonda Rhimes Inks 8-Figure Deal With ABC / Set To Own Thursday Nights With 3 Shows

Published: Tuesday 13th May 2014 by David


Screen Queen might be one apt title for Shonda Rhimes, the mastermind behind hit ABC shows ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and ‘Scandal’ and now one of the highest paid characters in the world that is television.

Why her empire is set to stretch to lucrative pastures new?

Details below…


After leading the network to ratings glory with ‘Anatomy’ and ‘Scandal’, Rhimes joins ABC in welcoming the arrival of ‘How To Get Away With Murder’, a legal thriller starring Viola Davis.

 Telling the story of criminal defence attorney Annalise DeWitt, ‘Murder’ will see Davis’ character and her ambitious law school trapped in a murder mystery dangerous enough to change the course of the lives for good.

Set to air at 10/9c upon once the 2014/2015 TV season swings by, its aforementioned sisters will see their time slots pushed one hour forward to accommodate it, with ‘Scandal‘ now owning the 9-10pm portion of Thursday night’s.

Marking yet another win for the ‘Crossroads’ writer, Rhimes delivering of ‘Murder’ to ABC comes as part of her new 8-figure deal with the company, which sees her tied to them for another four years!

Indie Wire explains:

“This will keep Ms Rhimes at ABC until 2018. With 2 hit shows already on the channel’s primetime lineup (Grey’s Anatomy & Scandal), and at least one more ordered for next season (How To Get Away With Murder), she’ll certainly have enough to keep her busy for another 4 years.
Also, keep in mind that, via her production company ShondaLand, Rhimes has and will continue to produce other projects for the studio that she may not necessarily create herself.
She’s also returning to her feature film *roots* to write a screenplay for a drama titled War Correspondents, which will center on women war correspondents, for Sony’s Columbia Pictures.”

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