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In anticipation of the upcoming season premiere of “Scandal,” ABC is launching a six-part digital series, “Scandal: Gladiator Wanted,” produced by Shonda Rhimes’ Shondaland and ABC Studios. In the series, Huck (Guillermo Diaz), Quinn (Katie Lowes) and Marcus (Cornelius Smith… Continue Reading → »
Shonda Rhimes has a history of brushing off questions at Television Critics Assn. press tour panels. Last week, she was able to apply her well-honed skills to multiple questions about President-elect Donald Trump.
Asked during a panel for her ABC show “Scandal” how the new season — which premieres Jan. 26 — reflects post-election reality, executive producer Rhimes shut the question down.
“There aren’t any similarities,” she said.
“Scandal” ended last season with an election cliffhanger involving a female candidate, so the idea of a parallel is not far off base. But throughout the first week of TCA, questions about Trump and national politics dominated — sometimes to the consternation of producers and executives fielding those questions, but sometimes not.
At the panel for CBS All Access’ “The Good Fight,” co-creator Robert King spoke about how the election had affected the show. King and his wife, co-creator Michelle, rewrote scenes from the series premiere after Trump’s victory, and »
- Daniel Holloway
Whether its pay equity or behind-the-scenes opportunities, the TV industry still has its issues when it comes to women. But that's not true when it comes to Tgit and the return of Shonda Rhimes' three-hour block of television on ABC. And when Grey's Anatomy returns from a two month hiatus on Thursday, January 26 at 8/7c, it will do so in a profound way.
Following news earlier today that the network had ordered a pilot for a new untitled Shonda Rhimes/Shondaland legal drama (read that post here), ABC has also put into development an untitled comedy from actress/comedian Zainab Johnson, comedian Tom Straw, and… Continue Reading → »
ABC continues to be ahead of the broadcast pack on pilot orders this season. The network has handed out its third 2017 pilot order to a legal drama from Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers' Shondaland and ABC Studios. The project, written by a Shonaland writer-producer, Scandal's Paul William Davies, was a lock for a pickup. Like another early ABC pilot order, comedy Malcolm & Libby, produced by Black-ish creator Kenya Barris, the untitled Paul Davies drama too had a big product… »
The untitled project is set in the Southern District of New York (Sdny) Federal Court, a.k.a. “The Mother Court,” and follows brand new lawyers working on opposite sides — both defense and the prosecution — as they handle the most high-profile and high-stakes cases in the country, all as their personal lives intersect.
Although ABC is beginning to explore the prospect of bringing more male-skewing shows into the fold, Shondaland still rules the roost at the network. “I will take as many things as Shonda will give me,” ABC entertainment president Channing Dungey told Variety in January at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. In addition to Davies’ legal drama, a »
- Oriana Schwindt
A Scandal scribe’s latest project is now on the docket at ABC.
The network recently greenlit a pilot for Paul Davies’ as-yet-untitled drama about young lawyers working opposite sides of the same cases, TVLine has learned.
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The potential series would take place in the Southern District of New York Federal Court, known as the “Mother Court,” and would follow attorneys for the prosecution and defense “as they handle the most high profile and high stakes case in the country, all as their personal lives intersect,” per the official logline.
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ABC continues to look to big names for its drama pilot pickups.
The Disney-owned network on Tuesday handed out a pilot order to an untitled legal drama from Shondaland, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Written by Scandal writer-producer Paul William Davies and executive produced by ABC Studios-based Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers, the project is set in the Southern District of New York Federal Court, aka "The Mother Court." The drama, which scored a hefty pilot-production order from the network in October, follows brand-new lawyers working on opposite sides — for both the defense and the prosecution — as they »
- Lesley Goldberg
ABC has given a pilot order to a new Shondaland legal drama, TheWrap has learned. The pilot, from “Scandal” writer Paul William Davies, will be set in the Southern District of New York Federal Court, aka “The Mother Court.” It will follow brand new lawyers working on opposite sides — for both the defense and the prosecution — as they handle the most high profile and high stakes cases in the country, all as their personal lives intersect. Davies will serve as writer and executive producer on the project from ABC Studios, alongside Shondaland’s Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers. Also Read: Reba McEntire, »
- Reid Nakamura
A positive pregnancy test would be a fitting bookend to Jo’s tumultuous year, but will Grey’s Anatomy go there? It’s a timely question, seeing as how Camilla Luddington is expecting her first child this spring.
“As of right now they are definitely hiding it,” the actress tells TVLine with a laugh. “The struggle has just started.”
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Luddington, however, is quick to point out that there’s still plenty of time for Shonda Rhimes & Co. to change their minds. “We have a lot more episodes to go this season, »
No scandal here, folks - it's just Kerry Washington trying to speak through a giant plastic torture device of Ellen DeGeneres's creation. With the return of her hit show, Scandal, this week, the new mom stopped by the The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Tuesday for a fun chat. Because Ellen can never simply just talk to someone, she wrangled Kerry into a game of Speak Out, just like Jimmy Fallon before her. Kerry had to hilariously work her way through phrases like "Who put a pickle in my pie?" while Ellen attempted to decipher what she was saying, and despite years spent monologue-ing for Shonda Rhimes, the actress could barely get through the segment without bursting into laughter (coincidentally, neither could we). Related:Kerry Washington on How Motherhood Changed Her Approach to Olivia Pope »
- Quinn Keaney
You needn’t remind the head of ABC how much time effort was put into touting the return of Thursday’s #Tgit lineup, only to have that date pushed back a week by a Donald Trump pre-inauguration special.
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“It was a very hard call. Believe me,” Channing Dungey, President of ABC Entertainment, shared with TVLine at the network’s Television Critics Association press tour soiree. “Nobody else has been waiting for it bigger than me.”
To recap: Grey’s Anatomy and How to Get Away With Murder were to resume their seasons on Thursday, »
Zach Galifianakis’ documentary, “Democracy For Sale,” looks at how bad gerrymandering has gotten in his home state of North Carolina. The film was originally part of Epix’s original docuseries “America Divided,” produced by Common, Norman Lear and Shonda Rhimes, which premiered back in September. Now, according to the News Observer, the doc will be screened across North Carolina in January and February.
In the film, the actor discusses the state’s transformed politics and, per the project’s website, “how the money of a few has come to dominate our democracy.”
A clip for the documentary shows Galifianakis talking with former Democratic North Carolina state senator Margaret Dickson about how the state’s districts have been changed.
“People feel like they’ve lost control of the process and in some ways they have,” she says in the video. “The redistricting is being done my people far away…I wish »
- Liz Calvario
Issa Rae is rolling up to a cocktail party on Sunset Boulevard to celebrate the HBO show she created and where signature cocktails inspired by the character she earned a Golden Globe nomination for playing on it are being raised in her honor. But the star of HBO's Insecure insists the title of the series still describes her to a T. Issa built a name for herself with her YouTube series Awkward Black Girl, which led to Insecure. Clearly, she has made it, is envied by millions, and is an independent, self-made woman. So I can't help but ask her if she worries about straying too far from the authenticity of those adjectives that made her shows - and her - connect with audiences. She doesn't even blink before answering. "Not at all. It's not going anywhere," she shakes her head. "Even at the Golden Globes, I was like, 'Oh. »
- Lindsay Miller
Is there an end in sight for Grey's Anatomy. This week, ABC boss Channing Dungey discussed the future of the long-running TV series, Deadline reports.From Shonda Rhimes, the medical drama is currently in its 13th season. The cast includes Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson, James Pickens Jr., Kevin McKidd, Jessica Capshaw, Jesse Williams, Sarah Drew, Caterina Scorsone, and Camilla Luddington.Read More… »
What's in store for The Catch? Recently, showrunner Allan Heinberg discussed the plans for season two of the ABC TV series, says The Hollywood Reporter.From Shonda Rhimes, the drama follows Alice Vaughan (Mireille Enos), a Los Angeles private investigator whose fiancé disappears after conning her out of millions. The cast also includes Peter Krause, Alimi Ballard, Jay Hayden, Jacky Ido, Rose Rollins, Sonya Walger, and Elvy Yost.Read More… »
File this one under "Scandalous." It's possible that the Scandal TV show could end with the upcoming sixth season on ABC. While the network delayed the new installment until mid-season, to accommodate star Kerry Washington's pregnancy, it seems creator Shonda Rhimes is the one who requested the shorter order of 16 episodes, for creative reasons.According to THR, Rhimes had previously declared, back in season four, that Scandal was not a "10-season or eight-season show," and she'd already determined where and when the soapy political drama would end. Scandal season six premieres on ABC, Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 9:00pm Et/Pt.Read More… »
VideosPresident Obama Calls for Americans to ‘Get Involved’ in Farewell Address
The interview, which had already been scheduled, but was filmed just hours after a dossier surfaced with compromising personal and professional information on Trump (which has been made public by BuzzFeed News), found the Late Night host asking Conway about the new, unverified intelligence, and Conway suggesting that Trump hadn’t been briefed despite reports that he had.
“I have to »
Hollywood responded quickly to President Barack Obama’s farewell address tonight – in fact some big-name fans didn’t even wait for the speech to start before saying their goodbyes. Shonda Rhimes tweeted a selfie from Chicago with the note, “Here to show our love for our Potus,” Russell Simmons simply quoted Martin Luther King Jr. about the arc of moral justice and Ellen DeGeneres suggested Twitter couldn’t contain her full emotions. Here’s a sampling of the so-long… »
Earlier today, ABC announced its midseason 2017 premieres and, to the surprise of many, the much-anticipated post-“Romeo & Juliet” TV series from Shonda Rhimes’ Shondaland shingle, titled “Still Star-Crossed,” which stars British actress Lashana Lynch, wasn’t included on the schedule.… Continue Reading → »
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