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Is Shonda Rhimes the most powerful woman in television?

The Scandal showrunner will launch her new Viola Davis legal drama this fall, giving her a three-hour block of primetime TV

If its at all possible that you dont know who Shonda Rhimes is, it is likely that you are familiar with her work. Shes responsible for some of the highest rated television dramas of the past decade, including the medical juggernaut Greys Anatomy, its now cancelled spin-off Private Practice, the fast-paced Washington DC crisis management drama Scandal, and now, announced at this week's upfronts, the upcoming Viola Davis legal vehicle How to Get Away with Murder. This means that by fall, Shonda Rhimes will have her own three-hour block of primetime drama every Thursday night, which makes her one of the most powerful women in television.

Rhimes is incredibly prolific. She cut her teeth as a screenwriter (guess who wrote the Britney Spears vehicle Crossroads), but also directed her
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ABC Buys Legal Drama From Shonda Rhimes’ Shondaland & Writer Kj Steinberg

Exclusive: In one of the first buys for the upcoming development cycle, ABC has put in development Lawless, from Mistresses developer/executive producer Kj Steinberg and Shonda RhimesShondaland. The project tells the story of Joanna James, a maverick lawyer who returns to her hometown to right the wrongs she left behind. It is inspired by the real life of crusading trucker-turned-lawyer Wynona Ward, founder of Have Justice Will Travel. Former victim of sexual abuse at the hands of her father, Ward got compelled at age 41 by the news of another child in her family getting sexually abused by relatives to go to college and law school and start a group that provides free legal representation and support services to victims of domestic violence in rural areas. Steinberg is writing Lawless, which she is executive producing with Shondaland’s Rhimes and Betsy Beers in conjunction with UK-based producers Esther Douglas and Tara Cook.
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John Barrowman Teases Return of The Dark Archer, Mysterious Role on Scandal

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As you saw from the just-released photos from the Arrow season finale, things are going to heat up between Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman) and Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) over the next two week.

Just how much – and how it plays out – remains to be seen.

But what of Malcolm’s relationship with his son, Tommy (Colin Donnell) or Queen’s mother, Moira (Susanna Thompson)?

I sat down with the always-fun John Barrowman last week to break down what’s ahead on the final episodes, whether we’ll see Malcolm in Season 2 of the CW hit and to see if he would tell us anything about his hush-hush role on Scandal Season 2...

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TV Fanatic: Is anything Malcolm is doing for his son, or is it all self-serving?

John Barrowman: I can’t tell you. I can’t tell you. If I were to tell you that, it would be
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'Scandal': 'Arrow' and 'Torchwood' star John Barrowman guest-starring in May

"Scandal" has booked another easy-on-the-eyes male guest star for an episode later this season.

"Torchwood" star John Barrowman will appear on the ABC drama's next-to-last episode of the season, scheduled to air May 9. Series creator Shonda Rhimes broke the news Tuesday (April 9) with the following tweet:

"John Barrowman is here working at @ScandalABC today. Life is good. #torchwood #captainjack #iamanerd"

Per usual with "Scandal," Rhimes is keeping the particulars of Barrowman's character under wraps. The show is currently in the midst of a story arc about a mole within the CIA who is somehow connected to Jake Ballard (Scott Foley), the military intelligence officer who's simultaneously romancing Olivia (Kerry Washington) and spying on her at the behest of the president (Tony Goldwyn).

Barrowman and Rhimes have worked together once before: He starred in the Rhimes-produced ABC pilot "Gilded Lilys" last year, but it didn't go to series. He currently has
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John Barrowman to Guest Star on Scandal

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John Barrowman will take a mini break from Arrow next month.

The actor, recurring on that CW smash and also beloved for his role as Captain Jack Harness Dr. Who, will stop by Scandal later this year.

It's unclear what character Barrowman will be taking on, but creator Shonda Rhimes announced the news last night over Twitter:

"John Barrowman is here working at @ScandalABC today," she wrote. "Life is good.  #torchwood #captainjack #iamanerd."

Barrowman will appear on the penultimate episode of Scandal Season 2 on May.

He had been hoping to work with Rhimes on Gilded Lilys, but ABC chose not to pick up last year.
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'Scandal' Books John Barrowman

'Scandal' Books John Barrowman
John Barrowman is reteaming with Shonda Rhimes. The Torchwood alum has booked a guest starring role on Rhimes' hot second-year drama Scandal, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Rhimes took to her Twitter page late Tuesday to share the news. Photos: The Couples of Shondaland: 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Private Practice,' 'Scandal' "John Barrowman is here working at @ScandalABCtoday. Life is good. #torchwood #captainjack #iamanerd" the prolific showrunner wrote. This marks the second time Barrowman has worked with Rhimes: he starred in the Scandal and Grey's Anatomy creator's 2012 ABC drama pilot Gilded Lilys, which did not move forward at the network.

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Scandal Enlists John Barrowman for Guest Stint

Scandal Enlists John Barrowman for Guest Stint
Olivia Pope meet Captain Jack.

Scandal has tapped Torchwood-turned-Arrow actor John Barrowman for a Season 2 guest stint, series creator Shonda Rhimes announced on Twitter late Tuesday.

John Barrowman is here working today at Scandal,” Rhimes wrote. “Life is good.”

Related | Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Scandal, Glee, Nikita, Once Upon a Time, Bones and More

Rhimes didn’t reveal any further details about Barrowman’s character. Sources, meanwhile, confirm he’ll appear in this season’s penultimate episode on Thursday, May 9.

Barrowman had a role in Rhimes’ ill-fated ABC period drama pilot Gilded Lilys.

Thoughts? Who do you think the actor is playing?
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Sarah Bolger Joins ‘Mixology’, ‘Returned’ Adds Mark Hildreth, Leslie Bibb In ‘Boy’

Sarah Bolger extending her relationship with ABC with a lead role in the network’s single-camera comedy Mixology, directed by Larry Charles from a script by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. Set in the world of a sexy Manhattan bar, Mixology, from ABC Studios, chronicles the exploits of singles, five guys and five girls, in search of love — all over the course of one night. Bolger will play one of them, Janey, Jessica’s (Alexis Carra) sweet, naive, little sister from New Jersey. Tonight is her big night in the city and she is woefully unprepared for the aggressive Manhattan dating scene. CAA-repped Bolger recurs on ABC/ABC Studios’ Once Upon A Time as Princess Aurora last season starred in their Shonda Rhimes-produced pilot Gilded Lilys. The Tudors alumna toplines two indies that are yet to come out, Crush and Kiss Me. Mark Hildreth has joined another ABC/ABC Studios pilot,
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Downton Abbey Creator Julian Fellowes To Create New Period Drama, The Gilded Age, for NBC

Looking to class up their schedule, it seems that NBC has ordered a new series from Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes.  Since the formerly ignored Edwardian period has found a TV and filmic renaissance of late, (which Downton Abbey has been largely responsible for), the new series will move back in time slightly to the vastly more chronicled Victorian Era, specifically the American Gilded Age. The series, called -- wait for it -- The Gilded Age, will center around the wealthy titans of industry in 1880s New York.  For more on the series and what Fellowes has said about that historical era, hit the jump. According to TV Line, Fellowes says of the 1880s in America, "This was a vivid time, with dizzying, brilliant ascents and calamitous falls, of record-breaking ostentation and savage rivalry; a time when money was king." As TV Line points out, the news of this series'
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Scoop: NBC Orders Period Drama From Downton Abbey Creator Julian Fellowes

Scoop: NBC Orders Period Drama From Downton Abbey Creator Julian Fellowes
America is getting its very own Downton Abbey!

NBC is developing The Gilded Age, a period drama centered on the millionaire titans of 1880s New York written and produced by Abbey creator Julian Fellowes.

“This was a vivid time,” said Fellowes, “with dizzying, brilliant ascents and calamitous falls, of record-breaking ostentation and savage rivalry; a time when money was king.”

News of the project, which NBC describes as “an epic tale of the princes of the American Renaissance, and the vast fortunes they made – and spent,” comes just months after ABC passed on Shonda Rhimes’ similarly-themed drama pilot Gilded Lilys.
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Brigid Brannagh Joins Pilot ‘After Hours’

Army Wives alumna Brigid Brannagh has been cast in NBC’s hourlong pilot After Hours.The Sony TV project revolves around the graveyard shift in the ER at San Antonio Medical Center. Branaugh will play Dr. Atthea Martin, who is easing into her old job as a trauma doctor while grieving the loss of her husband, killed by a drunk driver. She co-starred in ABC’s drama pilot Gilded Lilys last season.
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The AfterElton Interview: John Barrowman

John Barrowman is everywhere these days. And that's not a bad thing at all!

One thing that goes through your head when you’re sitting down to chat with John Barrowman: “Captain Jack is even better looking in person.” You also can’t help but notice that this is a guy who is not only extremely comfortable in his own skin but also likes to have a good time by laughing and making those around him laugh.

Case in point, his recent stint guest-hosting Attack of the Show, the weekday show on G4 that explores and makes fun of everything on the web. Whether he was doing a Tom Cruise/Risky Business spoof sans pants or hyping AfterElton’s Ultimate Slash Madness Tourney, Barrowman was relaxed, fun with just the precise amount of snark. No wonder then that the in-demand actor/singer/author has a slew of projects in
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Matt Long to Play Doctor on Private Practice

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For the role of a new doctor at St. Ambrose hospital, Private Practice is going long. Matt Long, that is!

The actor (The Deep End, Jack & Bobby, Mad Men) will scrub in for multiple episode of the ABC drama this fall, TV Guide confirms, only revealing the character's profession and leaving viewers to wonder whether he'll be a love interest for an employee of Seaside Wellness.

Long had previously booked a role on the Shonda Rhimes pilot Gilded Lilys, a period piece that failed to earn a pickup on ABC this season.

Private Practice Season 6, meanwhile, will premiere on September 25. It's unclear when Long will make his debut.
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'Torchwood' star John Barrowman joins CW's 'Arrow' -- Exclusive

'Torchwood' star John Barrowman joins CW's 'Arrow' -- Exclusive
Captain Jack is coming to The CW!

John Barrowman is joining the network’s new fall action-drama Arrow.

The Doctor Who and Torchwood star has signed for a recurring role in Arrow’s debut season. Producers are not saying much about his character, only revealing that he will play a “well-dressed man” who is “as mysterious as he is wealthy … he is an acquaintance of the Queen family and a prominent figure in Starling City.”

Hmmm … one suspects the character is from the Green Arrow comic mythology. Philanthropist Stanley Dover Sr., perhaps? Unless they’re doing a new twist on Brick or the Green Lantern
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Parenthood: Matt Lauria Set for Season 4

Parenthood: Matt Lauria Set for Season 4

TVLine is reporting that Matt Lauria (Friday Night Lights) will be reuniting with Jason Katims, as the actor has signed on for a recurring role in the upcoming fourth season of Parenthood. Lauria will reportedly play a soldier returning from Afghanistan that bonds with Zeek, a veteran as well. There's no word (yet) on when he'll make his first appearance on the 15-episode season, however.

The Braverman family patriarch may not get his own storylines that frequently, tending to average about one per season, and very rarely do we get a chance to delve in his past. The road trip episode last season may have made progress in filling out Zeek Braverman, but the man tends to be very closed-off about himself, getting involved in the lives of others to deflect attention. Maybe having someone there that understands where he's been and what
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ABC: Learn the Fates of Missing, Pan Am, The River, Private Practice, Body of Proof, Apt. 23

ABC: Learn the Fates of Missing, Pan Am, The River, Private Practice, Body of Proof, Apt. 23

What a day for ABC, right?

They've issued countless renewals, cancellations, and pilot pickups, but it all had to come to an end. Like NBC, ABC put off the bad news for later in the day, cancelling a chunk of its freshman shows in one swoop. Having already dispatched Gcb, ABC has given the walking papers to Missing, Pan Am, and The River, according to TV Line. None are especially surprising considering the low ratings and middling-at-best hype for each of the three, with only Missing still airing new episodes. Pan Am finished its abbreviated run in February, while The River ran through its eight episodes in February and March.

Private Practice, meanwhile, has been given a final season order of 13 episodes. Producers of the medical drama, which moved from its post-Grey's Anatomy slot earlier this season,
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The Daily Beast: "The 13 Best Drama Pilot Scripts of 2012"

With the broadcast networks about to unveil their new lineups, I pick my favorite drama pilot scripts—from psychological thriller Mastermind to period drama Ralph Lamb. Over at The Daily Beast, you can read my latest feature, "The 13 Best Drama Pilot Scripts of 2012," in which I offer my takes on the best and brightest offerings at CBS, ABC, NBC, Fox, and the CW when it comes to their drama pilot scripts. At the network upfronts the week of May 14—when broadcasters unveil their fall schedules along with new programming and glad-hand with advertisers amid a series of presentations and parties—broadcasters will reveal the shows that might end up on your TiVo’s Season Pass in the fall. This year, nearly 90 pilots are battling for slots on the schedules of CBS, ABC, NBC, Fox, and the CW, all of which are desperate to replace aging hits and find those few breakout shows.
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Private Practice Finale Pics: What Choice Must Addison Make? Plus: The New Renewal Buzz

Private Practice Finale Pics: What Choice Must Addison Make? Plus: The New Renewal Buzz
It’s not easy being Addison Montgomery — as Private Practice‘s Season 5 finale will again remind us, as the good doc/new mom faces a difficult choice. But will there even be a Season 6 for her to account for whatever decision she makes?

As previously revealed about the season finale “Gone, Baby, Gone” (yes, that was the title of Grey’s Anatomy‘s most recent season premiere), Amelia goes into labor, leading her doctor pals to her side as she faces the hardest decision of her life. Elsewhere, life-changing trouble for Pete prompts him and Violet to realize what they mean to one another,
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ABC Eyes 13-Episode Final Season Of ‘Private Practice’

I hear that ABC is in talks to pick up Private Practice for a 13-episode sixth and final season. I hear a final renewal decision on the bubble series has not been made yet but the series’ chances have been helped by its strong ratings performance last week. In its second airing in its new Tuesday 10 Pm slot, the Grey’s Anatomy spinoff posted a 2.2/6 in adults 18-49, up 29% from its modest premiere on the night the week before, to log its most-watched telecast in more than a year and a half and its best 18-49 result in more than two months. While sources don’t completely rule out an 18-episode or even 22-episode pickup, I hear the conversation has focused on a 13-epsiode order and that star Kate Walsh, whose current deal is coming up, has committed to 13 more episodes. If Private Practice is renewed, creator Shonda Rhimes could
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ABC: Save Which Show?

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We're getting down to it across the dial: Upfront week (May 14-17), where the fates of numerous shows are announced by various networks.

We've already covered which CW programs are on the bubble. Now, it's time to pay attention and let your voice be heard, ABC viewers. Especially if one of your favorite series is on the following list.

The network is in the middle of production on a number of promising pilots, from Marc Cherry's Desperate Housewives follow-up (Devious Maids) to Terry O'Quinn's return to primetime (666 Park Avenue) to another Shonda Rhimes drama (Gilded Lilys) that, ironically, may bump a current Shonda Rhimes drama from the lineup.

If picked up, which shows will these replace? Some in the poll below may be in more danger (The River, Pan Am) than others (Private Practice), but none has been renewed yet, meaning all are in danger.

Vote now for
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