Shondaland Producer Chris Van Dusen Signs Overall Deal with Netflix

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Shondaland veteran Chris Van Dusen has signed a multi-year overall deal at Netflix, the streamer announced Monday.

Van Dusen will create new series and projects for Netflix under the deal, the first project being the previously announced, still untitled adaption of Julia Quinn’s “Bridgerton” novels. The project is described as a “smart feminist take on Regency England romance unveils the glittering, wealthy, sexual, painful, funny and sometimes lonely lives of the women and men in London’s high society marriage mart as told through the eyes of the powerful Bridgerton family.”

He will adapt, showrun, and executive produce the one-hour, straight-to-series drama, and Rhimes and Betsy Beers will also executive produce.

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“I couldn’t be more excited about being a part of the creative powerhouse that is Shondaland at Netflix,” Van Dusen said in a press release.

“Bringing these irresistible books by Julia Quinn to the screen, with the fearless and talented team of storytellers I’ve been so fortunate to have worked alongside for so long, is a dream come true. I am grateful to have a home at Netflix, whose commitment to innovative, groundbreaking storytelling is unmatched,” he added.

Van Dusen most recently worked on the Shondaland series “Scandal” as co-executive producer, and began his writing career on “Grey’s Anatomy.” He’s also worked on “Private Practice” and “The Catch.”

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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Star Ellen Pompeo Hints Show’s End: ‘It’s About Time That I Mix It Up’

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Did Ellen Pompeo just hint that she’s ready to leave “Grey’s Anatomy” when her contract is up in 2020?

In an interview for Entertainment Weekly‘s latest cover story, Pompeo said that while she’s “not prepared right now to make any formal announcement about my future on the show” — something she and creator Shonda Rhimes will do together on own time — she does feel that “the majority of the stories that we can tell” have been told.

For those less familiar with the show, the medical drama’s leading lady has escaped peril again and again — Dr. Meredith Grey has survived a bomb, almost drowning, a plane crash and an assault, not to mention the emotional ups and downs of a marriage, three kids and the death of McDreamy.

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“I’m feeling like we’re coming to the end of the stories that we’ve told and that we can tell,” Pompeo continued. “I’m really excited to do some new things, it’s about time that I mix it up and I’m really excited about my producing career, and I’m definitely looking for a change. My children are getting older so I want to be more available to them now. I can’t be an absentee mom if they’re teenagers, I have to be around to whip their butts. So it’s definitely time for change in my life.”

The star, who made headlines earlier this year precisely because of her high-paying contract, also said that she’s excited to work with executive producer Krista Vernon “because we started the show together, so finishing out the show together feels really appropriate.”

“Shonda trusts Krista. So I always follow Shonda’s instincts and she’s always right,” she said.

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Pompeo said she’s looking forward to a change. “I have definitely played this out for everything that I possibly could,” she said. “I’ve given it 200 percent of my energy and my love and my time and my commitment and my dedication. I still am fighting every day to make everything surrounding this show, the quality of the show, the storytelling, I’m still fighting for everything I can, for the quality to be good, for the actors to be happy, whether that’s well received or not. I still care very much about the show and I think that it takes a lot of energy. So at some point I have to wrap it up.”

Rhimes has previously said that the show will end when Pompeo is ready.

“Ellen and I have a pact that I’m going to do the show as long as she’s going to do the show,” Rhimes told E! News last November. “So the show will exist as long as both of us want to do it. If she wants to stop, we’re stopping.”

Don’t worry, “Grey’s” fans: nothing is official yet. A rep for ABC did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment. And even if the show ended in 2020, that still means there are two more seasons to spend at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital. Season 15 premieres on ABC on Sept. 27.

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One thing every doctor at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital grapples with at some point on “Grey’s Anatomy” is deciding their specialty. There have been doctors who come in knowing exactly what they want, like Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh), and doctors who change their minds several times — we’re looking at you, Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo).

It sounds like in Season 15, it will be Jo Wilson’s (Camilla Luddignton) turn to find her specialty.

“There are actually some decisions that will get made in the two-hour premiere,” Luddington recently told TheWrap of Jo’s upcoming career moves. “One of the things that does happen on the honeymoon is that Jo becomes inspired by what she believes could be a new medical innovation, and she decides that she wants to work on it with Meredith. And she ends up having to go back to Seattle and try and pitch the idea and it sort of segues into inspiring what she wants to do as a specialty. So you see in the two-hour premiere what direction she’s doing in, but then the question of Boston is still hanging in the air.”

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Fans will remember Jo debating whether or not to move from Seattle to Boston in the Season 14 finale. Jo was admitted into a fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, but Meredith — in an effort to keep Jo from moving across the country with Alex Karev (Justin Chambers)  — offers her a job at Grey Sloan.

The beginning of Season 15 will see Jo and Alex on their honeymoon… but it might not be all smooth sailing. The log line for the first hour, titled “With a Wonder and a Wild Desire,” says “Jo and Alex’s honeymoon doesn’t go exactly as planned.”

“There’s no massive disaster that happens, I’ll let you know that. But I think it’s just that it’s not as romantic as initially intended,” Luddington teased.

“Grey’s Anatomy” Season 15 premieres Sept. 27 on ABC. 

Phil Owen contributed to this report. 

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Netflix Unveils Slate of 8 New Shonda Rhimes Shows

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Netflix unveiled its initial slate of eight TV shows from mega-TV producer Shonda Rhimes on Friday, which include adaptations of New York Magazine’s story on Anna Delvey and Ellen Pao’s Silicon Valley memoir.

The already-buzzed about New York Magazine’s story on Anna Delvey details how the social climber duped New York high society. The story by Jessica Pressler recounts how Delvey, an aspiring “It Girl,” nearly bluffed her way into a multi-million dollar deal for her own private club simply by dropping names, dreaming big and throwing around $100 bills.

“I wanted the new Shondaland to be a place where we expand the types of stories we tell, where my fellow talented creatives could thrive and make their best work and where we as a team come to the office each day filled with excitement,” said Rhimes. “Ted and Cindy and everyone at Netflix have been incredible partners in making that happen. This is Shondaland 2.0.”

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Most of the projects feature adaptations of previous source material, including:

  • Ellen Pao’s memoir, “Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change,” which details the lawsuit she brought against her former employer that sparked intense media scrutiny, shook Silicon Valley to its boys’ club core and pre-saged the Time’s Up movement.
  • Isabel Wilkerson’s Jim Crow era South novel, “The Warmth of Other Suns,” which tracks the decades-long migration of African-Americans fleeing the Jim Crow South in search of a better life in the North and the West between 1916 and 1970.
  • An untitled adaption of Julia Quinn’s “Bridgerton” novels that will be helmed by “Scandal” executive producer Chris Van Dusen.
  • A political-themed series, based on Kate Anderson Bower’s non-fiction book, “The Residence” about the lives of White House staffers.

The other projects include “Pico & Sepulveda,” an 1840s-era series from Janet Leahy set against the backdrop of the then-Mexican state of California; the dark comedy “Sunshine Scouts,” where an apocalyptic disaster spares a rag-tag group of teenage girls at sleepaway camp who must then summon their moxie and survival skills to weather the fallout; and a documentary on the Debbie Allen Dance Academy’s reimagining of the classic ballet, “The Nutcracker.”

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“It’s been thrilling to begin this journey with Shonda, Betsy and their team and watch them embrace the full range of creative freedom possible at Netflix,” said Cindy Holland, vice president, original content, Netflix. “Infused with Shonda’s sensibility, the Shondaland slate is shaping up to be something truly special that we know will delight our members around the world.”

The development slate comes roughly a year after Rhimes and her longtime producing partner, Betsy Beers, signed a multi-year deal with Netflix.

You can read more about all of the eight shows below:

Untitled Shonda Rhimes Project

Based on the New York Magazine article How Anna Delvey Tricked New York’s Party People by Jessica Pressler.  Manhattan makes a new friend like no other.  But is she the stuff American dreams are made of or is she New York’s biggest con woman?  Is it a con if you enjoy being taken?

* Shonda Rhimes (EP) will create the series.

Untitled Bridgerton Project

Based on Julia Quinn’s best-selling series of novels, this smart feminist take on Regency England romance unveils the glittering, wealthy, sexual, painful, funny and sometimes lonely lives of the women and men in London’s high society marriage mart as told through the eyes of the powerful Bridgerton family.

* Scandal veteran Chris Van Dusen (EP) will adapt and showrun the series.

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“The Warmth of Other Suns”

Based on Pulitzer-Prize winning author Isabel Wilkerson’s award-winning book of the same name, this powerful groundbreaking series tracks the decades-long migration of African-Americans fleeing the Jim Crow South in search of a better life in the North and the West between 1916 and 1970.

*National Humanities Medal recipient, MacArthur Genius Grant recipient and 2-time Drama Desk winning playwright Anna Deavere Smith (EP) is set to adapt.

“Pico & Sepulveda”

Set in the 1840s against the surreal and sensual backdrop of the then-Mexican state of California, the series tracks the end of an idyllic era there as American forces threaten brutality and war at the border to claim this breathtaking land for its own.

*Emmy-award writer Janet Leahy (EP) will create the series.

“Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change”

Netflix and Shondaland have acquired the rights to Ellen Pao’s groundbreaking memoir detailing her life and career, including the lawsuit she brought against her former employer that sparked intense media scrutiny, shook Silicon Valley to its boys’ club core and pre-saged the Time’s Up movement.

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“The Residence”

Netflix and Shondaland have acquired the rights to Kate Andersen Brower’s brilliant nonfiction book The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House, which offers a vividly accurate insider’s account of White House residence staffers and the upstairs downstairs lives they share with the First Families at one of the most famous homes in history.

“Sunshine Scouts”

In this darkly comedic half-hour series, an apocalyptic disaster spares a rag-tag group of teenage girls at sleepaway camp who must then summon their moxie and survival skills to weather the fallout and ensure all that remains of humanity abides by the Sunshine Scout Law.

*Writer/actress Jill Alexander (Co-EP) will create the series.

“Hot Chocolate Nutcracker”

This documentary offers a behind-the-scenes look at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy’s award-winning reimagining of the classic ballet, The Nutcracker. This staged contemporization – with its inclusive cast of all ages and its blend of dance traditions – has further cemented Debbie Allen’s legacy as one of the greatest forces for good in dance.

*Oliver Bokelberg (DP/Director Scandal) will serve as director, cinematographer and producer.

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Ellen Pompeo Teases ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ End: ‘We’re Starting to Think About’ Series Finale

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“Grey’s Anatomy” fans: You’ll want to sit down for this.

Star Ellen Pompeo said that the team behind ABC’s stalwart medical drama is starting to think about its ending.

“Yes, we’re starting to think about how you would end a show this iconic,” Pompeo said in an interview with ET this week. “How do you end it? But we’re not there yet. We’re going to focus on season 15. We just take it one season at a time.”

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“The show’s a tremendous money maker, let’s be honest. It makes a fortune for everybody and everyone wants to keep it going,” the actress continued. “Now, it’s sort of fun. We’re in a contest with ourselves. How long can we keep this going and still have this level of quality.”

For her part, Pompeo is locked into a $20 million per year salary through Season 16.

Pompeo also dropped some tea on how Sarah Drew and Jessica Capshaw will exit the series at the end of this season, saying their exits “aren’t tragic.”

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“You only get killed off when your behavior is bad. If you’re a nice actor, you die nice,” she said. “But yeah, these endings aren’t tragic.”

“My first reaction was what? What do you mean? Why?” the star said when she heard the fan-favorite actresses would be leaving the show. “You go through levels and stages of grief, right? It’s hard. It’s hard for them, it’s hard for us, it’s hard for the writer, who had to make the choice, had to make the creative decision. And I just try to be as supportive as I could be to everyone involved.”

When “Grey’s” eventually does end, does Pompeo envision a tragic ending for Meredith?

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“I don’t know. I know I’m going to survive because there’s no show without me, so I never worry how I’m going to survive this. I guess I just worry if the audience will like it,” she said.

As far as Season 14 goes, Pompeo said the finale is “classic ‘Grey’s’ finale time. So it’s gonna be devastating, and then we’re going to pull you out of devastating and make you smile.”

Watch “Grey’s Anatomy” Thursdays at 8 p.m. on ABC. The finale airs May 17. 

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With last week’s bombshell news that the revered Harper Avery has several accusations of sexual harassment against him, the latest episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” will be all about trying to right an old wrong.

Star Kevin McKidd, who also directed the episode, titled “Bad Reputation,” said that Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams) in particular has a lot to grapple with.

“It’s his grandfather who has been accused, so it brings up … many, many intense feelings for him because it’s his own grandfather who he loves,” McKidd, who plays Dr. Owen Hunt, told TheWrap ahead of Thursday’s show. “But he’s passed away, and all of this posthumously has come out about the way he conducted his life.”

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If you need a quick refresher on last week’s episode: the doctors at Grey Sloan Memorial discovered that Harper Avery routinely sexually harassed women he worked with, and Catherine Avery (Debbie Allen) helped to pay the women in exchange for silence. At its close, the story is all over the news and the doctors are left struggling with how to deal with the scandal, and how to atone for Harper Avery’s sins.

McKidd explained that because Jackson is in charge of the Harper Avery estate, the responsibility of dealing with the scandal is upon his shoulders.

“He has a responsibility to try to right the wrongs of his grandfather,” McKidd said. “And he doesn’t quite know how to cope and how to strategize and how to do the right thing. And — what is the right thing?”

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“This is a huge hospital and a network of other hospitals, and this behavior was going on for many, many years, and was left unchecked,” McKidd continued. “And how do you clean up that mess correctly to honor everybody involved, all the victims? And I think the episode that airs this week really deals with that, in a really profound way I think … So I’m proud of it, I’m proud to have directed it.”

If the story of a man in power preying on women he works with for years sounds familiar, it’s because the writers deliberately chose to pull ideas “from the headlines,” McKidd said.

“It’s really cool to see the writers not just keeping it in the soap opera world of our show, but actually going, you know what, we’re going to tell the story and see our characters try to navigate these very difficult times in our hospital,” McKidd said.

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‘Scandal’ Finale: Stars Reveal the Weirdest Thing They Ever Did on Shondaland Series

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(Spoiler alert: Please do not read ahead unless you have watched through last week’s episode of “Scandal.”)

“Scandal” truly has seen it all. Characters having a sibling-like relationship with their lovers. Top secret spy agencies that operates outside the bounds of the federal government, with the sole purpose of protecting the Republic. And more out-of-the-box ways of committing murder than you could shake a wine glass at.

And ahead of the seventh and final season finale tonight, TheWrap asked Scott Foley, Bellamy Young and Cornelius Smith Jr. — three of Shonda Rhimes’ Gladiators — what exactly was the weirdest thing they did on the series. And we got some some weird answers.

The first comes courtesy of Foley, who plays Jake Ballard, a member of that top secret spy agency B613 and Olivia’s on-again, off-again lover.

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“God there is so many things, between being in the hole and getting beaten up by Charlie,” Foley said, noting things that happened to him directly because of his involvement in B613. “But, by the way, the weirdest thing, if I can just say it, was the beginning of Jake’s storyline where he was told to spy and then sleep with Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington). It was the most bizarre, perverted, weird — especially because [her father] Rowan (Joe Morton) was behind it — incestuous little thing happening there [laughs],” Foley added. “And then to continue for five seasons like, ‘Oh it wasn’t that big a deal. I stalked you and then had an affair. But now we’re cool. And Fitz is my best friend.’ If you break it down and simplify it like that, it doesn’t make any sense. But in the context of the show, for whatever reason, it works.”

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Young has been with the series since Day 1 as Mellie Grant, who moved from being a first lady with a cheating husband to the first female POTUS — who is now good friends with her ex. But her weirdest moment didn’t arrive until this seventh and final season, when being the commander in chief got in the way of her love life. In an episode directed by Tony Goldwyn (who plays her ex-husband Fitz), no less.

“‘My vagina is beautiful, it is welcoming,’ that whole scene I was like, ‘My mother watches this show. I’m not sure I can say that.’ [laughs],” Young said. “But it turned out great. And our sweet Tony directed it, so to make him blush time and time again was fun. But Shonda knows. We learned early on, even if you’re like ‘Eh, I don’t know’ — she’s right, so just enjoy it. Say it and enjoy it and let it land.”

And what about Smith, who since joining the cast as Marcus Walker in Season 4 has moved from the offices of Olivia Pope & Associates to the White House and now to Fitz’s side as he explores his legacy after the presidency? Yeah, he’s still seen more than his fair share of strange situations dreamed up by Rhimes in that time.

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“I haven’t done anything crazy just because of the nature of my storyline and Marcus being kind of in OPA and the White House,” Smith said. “He’s not out here killing folks. He’s not running through the woods. He’s not B613. There hasn’t been anything crazy or shocking until maybe after the fact. No, not for me. But I’ve watched people do things that looked uncomfortable.”

“I know when Guillermo (Diaz) shot the stuff in the water with the car,” Smith said, referencing the episode in which Diaz’s Huck had to think fast to save himself from drowning in a trunk, with a little help from his imaginary friends. “And that’s something where I thought, ‘Only one time,’ [laughs]. Only one time you’re gonna get me in a pool. In a trunk. With water. Talking to a pretend OPA.’”

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“Scandal” fans gather around, because we have the spoiler alert to end all spoiler alerts. Star Bellamy Young told TheWrap Wednesday she received an email telling her “EVERYTHING IS CHANGED’” in a new cut of the series finale that she has yet to see.

For those non-die hard TGIT fans who haven’t been following along, that last episode is set to air tomorrow.

When we asked Young, who plays President (and former first lady) Mellie Grant in the Shonda Rhimes series, if she knew what co-star Scott Foley (Jake) was referencing when he told us about an “ambiguous” moment in the finale last week, Young couldn’t place what he was talking about. However, it didn’t ultimately matter, as she then revealed it may not even been included in the final cut now.

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“I don’t know what he’s talking about. Isn’t that interesting? I’m not sure. Oh my God, I feel terrible,” Young said. “But I will say this also, we literally just got an email that said, ‘We’re sending everyone a cut this evening’ — which they never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever do — ‘EVERYTHING IS CHANGED’ — in capital letters — ‘A LOT. Please watch it before you do any more press.’ So, so, I don’t know [what he’s talking about]. But I also feel like, that’s OK. It might have changed.”

Wait a second there, Mel. The entire finale might be altered now?

“Apparently it’s real different,” Young said. “But that’s always been the joy of living and working in Shondaland: her final cut is her final draft.”

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“Early on they didn’t send us all of those colored pages — you get those blue pages, green pages, yellow pages, as the different iterations of the script come out — and early on they wouldn’t send all those pages to everybody just because they thought we wouldn’t want to be inundated,” Young continued. “But then, for example, I remember the Lena Dunham episode. I turned on the TV — now I don’t have it in my head right — but in the table read she lived and in the episode, she died. Like significant things change. And sometimes it’s just editing, like Shonda will lift out whole storylines and either do away with them all together or move them five episodes later. We just learned a long time ago not to comment till we’ve seen it. We usually don’t see it till we’re tweeting.”

So, obviously, it was going to be a little difficult for Young to speak to anything that happens in the finale — since she has no idea what it is now.

“I feel horrible!” she said. “I did three and a half hours of a satellite media tour today and I feel like, ‘Uh, I wonder if I said anything?’”

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ABC and Shondaland did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment on Young’s statement about the new finale cut.

Well, hold on, Young and the rest of the “Scandal” cast has a live table read planned for tomorrow in Los Angeles ahead of the airing of the last episode. So we assume they’ll be getting new pages for that then, yes?

“No, a line item after that [in the email], is that we’ll read the production draft for the table read,” Young said. “So I feel like those guys [who are at the table read] get a twofer. They get a peek behind the curtain before and then they get to watch you know, appreciate the evolution or the changes. So ya, they’ll know everything.”

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Wait, wait, wait, the live table read of the finale isn’t the finale now?

“Yes,” Young said. However, she also noted, “there is no episode of Scandal — you couldn’t read any table read production draft and then watch any episode and it be [sic] even 80 percent the same.”

“They always evolve, which is something to be grateful for. It stays alive and everybody maybe thinks, ‘Eh it’s good enough.’ It’s never good enough. Everybody kept trying with their whole hearts.”

The series finale of “Scandal” airs Thursday at 10/9 c on ABC.

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All the white hats are about to come off when Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) and her associates sit down to testify to their worst crimes on the “Scandal” series finale, titled “Over a Cliff,” Thursday.

If you believe they were ever on to begin with, that is. And Shondaland executive producer Betsy Beers believes they were. Or at least thinks they didn’t need to be on at all times? It’s all very “crazily ambiguous” here.

When TheWrap spoke with Beers ahead of Shonda Rhimes’ politically-driven drama’s final bow, we first asked her to weigh in on Scott Foley’s, who plays Jake Ballard, comments to us about the last episode having an “ambiguous” moment — to which Beers literally said you just need to tune in.

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“I think the best thing I can say to anybody is just watch the finale, and enjoy the finale, because it’s a really good finale,” Beers said. “It’s really satisfying. It’s emotional. It’s fun. I think Shonda did an amazing job delivering what I consider to be an incredibly satisfying finale for seven seasons of what I would call a real roller coaster ride for characters. I think there are a number of things in it that are surprising and I’m sure people will be discussing and questioning back and forth for weeks to come. But all I can tell you is just watch it.”

Now, while we were digging more to see if Beers could speak to what happy endings might look like for Pope & Associates (oh, the answer to that is “no, I don’t think I really can”), she took issue with the use of “not good people” as a descriptor for the characters.

“I don’t think that they’re not good people,” Beers said. “I think these are people who have all been faced with large and very difficult decisions and choices that they’ve made over the course of a long period of time. And different people have made different choices. I think what I find really appealing about the show is that these are flawed humans. And when they’ve made some of these choices that might have been the best choice in the moment or it might have been the best choice for the greater good … I don’t know in some cases — I might not have agreed with what they did, but I could always identify with the dilemma that they were in.”

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“One of the things I love best about this show is that every season I would identify with somebody totally different,” Beers continued. “And sometimes it would be a character like Huck (Guillermo Diaz), who you thought that you knew. And then you watch ‘Seven Fifty-Two,’ the episode in which you get to know why Huck is like Huck. And I couldn’t blame Huck for anything after that. And I think I’ve sort of gone through that with each character. So the bottom line is that I think what you will find in the finale is it’s satisfying in a lot of different ways. How’s that for crazily ambiguous for you?”

Yeah, that was arguably more vague than what Foley said. Just like the morality of Liv, Fitz (Tony Goldwyn), Mellie (Bellamy Young), Cyrus (Jeff Perry) and practically every other member of “Scandal”s core group.

“They’re not good guys or bad guys — they’re just guys,” Beers added. “I think you watch a show wanting it to be one or the other … I think one of the things I love most about my job and working here and getting to develop shows and working with Shonda and the other writers, I think one of the great things about the show is nobody is ever bad or good. People are people and they’re surprising. And very often you’ll meet somebody on one of our shows and you’ll think they’re bad, but you’ll find out there is this heart and a soul there.”

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“The more you get to know somebody, the more complicated and three-dimensional they are,” Beers said. “And over the course of seven seasons of ‘Scandal,’ these are characters who have been exposed to and confronted by and immersed in a world which is really complicated, and a lot of it has to do with the question of ‘How would you react in a situation where there is a lot at stake?’ And it’s uncomfortable to sit and say ‘I can identify with that.’ It’s scary, which I get. But it’s also why I keep watching, because I want to see what the hell they are doing next.”

You can see what the hell the “Scandal” characters are doing next — for the last time — when the series finale airs Thursday at 10/9 c on ABC.

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TV News Roundup: Tracy Morgan’s ‘Last O.G.’ Scores Record Ratings for TBS

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In today’s roundup, Shondaland announced their podcast launch with Katie Lowes and Betsy Beers, while Tracy Morgan’s new series “The Last O.G.” bowed to strong ratings on TBS FIRST LOOKS ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer will release “My Reality: A Hidden America” on a special edition of “20/20” on Friday, April 20 at 10 p.m. ET on ABC. Inspired […]

Shondaland Steps Into the World of Podcasting With ‘Scandal’ Star Katie Lowes

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Fans may be saying goodbye to Quinn Perkins when “Scandal” wraps its final season next month, but her real-life counterpart Katie Lowes is remaining a resident of Shondaland for the foreseeable future. However, this time the TGIT actress isn’t starring in a Shonda Rhimes’ series but is hosting the production company’s first-ever podcast.

“That’s right! I get to stay in Shondaland for ‘Katie’s Crib’ which is the best!” Lowes told People Thursday. The show will be mommy-centric.

“This whole thing of motherhood is insane. It’s a rollercoaster, which I love because the Shondaland logo is a rollercoaster. That’s basically how I feel every day,” Lowes joked.

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The actress and husband Adam Shapiro welcomed their first child, son Albee, in October 2017.

“Shondaland approached me about it actually,” Lowes added. “They came to me and thought, ‘I feel like you’re going through this huge thing called motherhood and there are probably a lot of people that would benefit going through this stuff with you.’ It’s been amazing.”

The weekly podcast will feature fellow celebrity moms like Kristen Bell, Casey Wilson, Jennifer Finnigan, Angelique Cabral and June Diane Raphael.

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“Katie’s Crib” will be available on iTunes.

The final season of “Scandal” airs Thursdays at 10/9 c on ABC.

We have a podcast launching soon! Subscribe today to ‘Katie’s Crib,’ a new podcast from #Scandal star @KatieQLowes, where she talks to special guests and experts about the hilarious highs and unexpected lows of motherhood and being a new parent. https://t.co/o1QRoXZmeS

— Shondaland (@byshondaland) April 5, 2018

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Ratings: ‘Station 19’ Series Premiere Doesn’t Set the World on Fire

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“Station 19” is no “Grey’s Anatomy.” To be fair, not many shows are — but the Shondaland spinoff didn’t get off to too hot a start last night.

Shonda Rhimes’ newest ABC series premiered to lackluster Nielsen ratings on Thursday, when its first hour matched “Chicago Fire” in the key 18-49 demographic, but the second 60 minutes couldn’t keep pace. Neither block of “Station 19” was able to match the NBC firefighter show in terms of total viewers, but at least they provided a time slot boost to the Disney-owned broadcast net.

Either way, CBS smoked out all of its primetime competition last night with a pair of March Madness basketball games. Due to the nature of live sports, however, the CBS numbers in this story should be considered subject to adjustment.

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Airing all NCAA Tournament coverage, CBS was first in ratings with a 2.4 rating/10 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 8.1 million, according to preliminary numbers.

ABC was second in ratings with a 1.4/6 and in viewers with 6.1 million. “Grey’s Anatomy” at 8 p.m. earned a 1.9/8 and 7.5 million viewers. The first hour of “Station 19” at 9 had a 1.2/5 and 5.7 million viewers. The second hour got a 1.1/4 and 5.1 million viewers.

NBC was third in ratings with a 1.1/5 and in viewers with 5.6 million. “Superstore” at 8 received a 1.1/5 and 3.9 million viewers. At 8:30, “A.P. Bio” managed a 0.7/3 and 2.9 million viewers. The first hour of “Chicago Fire” at 9 had a 1.2/5 and 6.5 million viewers. The second hour got a 1.2/5 and 7.1 million viewers.

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Fox was fourth in ratings with a 0.6/3 and in viewers with 2.4 million. “Gotham” at 8 received a 0.7/3 and 2.4 million viewers. At 9, “Showtime at the Apollo” settled for a 0.6/2 and 2.4 million viewers.

Univision was fifth in ratings with a 0.5/2 and in viewers with 1.6 million.

Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.4/2 and in viewers with 1.2 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.2/1 and in viewers with 788,000, airing reruns.

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With two new shows dropping on ABC this month and a new home at Netflix, Shondaland isn’t slowing down anytime soon. Here’s everything you need to know about TV queen Shonda Rhimes’ many projects.

“For the People”

Your new Tuesday night wine-and-popcorn watcher is here. This legal drama follows young prosecutors and defenders in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, a.k.a. the “Mother Court.” It premieres on ABC Tuesday at 10 p.m. Rhimes is an executive producer on the show, which was created by Paul William Davies. 

“Grey’s Anatomy”

ABC recently announced that Jessica Capshaw and Sarah Drew will be exiting after Season 14. The beloved medical drama hasn’t officially been picked up for another season, but star Ellen Pompeo recently signed a deal with ABC that would guarantee her through a potential Season 16. “The show will go on as long as Ellen wants to do it,” creator Rhimes said. There was some speculation that Pompeo’s deal had to do with Capshaw and Drew’s exit, but showrunner Krista Vernoff squashed that idea last week. 

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“Station 19”

The long-anticipated spinoff to “Grey’s” drops March 22 at 9 p.m., joining the “TGIT” slate right after its parent show. Jason George will be the connecting thread as his character Dr. Ben Warren decides to make a late career move from surgeon to fire fighter. Rhimes is also an executive producer on “Station 19,” which was created by “Grey’s Anatomy” alum Stacy McKee. 

“Private Practice”

“Station 19” isn’t the first “Grey’s” spinoff. “Private Practice” followed Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey)’s ex-wife Addison Montgomery (Kate Walsh) to California, where she worked as a surgeon at a private practice called Seaside Wellness Center. The show, created by Rhimes, launched in 2007 and ended after six seasons. Throughout those six seasons, it crossed over with “Grey’s” several times, and actress Caterina Scorsone, who plays Derek’s sister Amelia, joined the cast of “Grey’s” after “Private Practice” ended.

“Scandal”

The “Scandal” series finale is April 19 at 10 p.m. Rhimes created the show back in 2012 loosely based on President George H. W. Bush’s administration press aide Judy Smith, who is a co-executive producer on the show. “Scandal” has been nominated for Golden Globes, Emmys, and BET Awards, and guest star Joe Morton won an Emmy in 2014 for his role as Rowan Pope. 

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“How to Get Away With Murder”

The Season 4 finale is Thursday March 15 at 10 p.m. No word yet on whether or not it will be renewed for a fifth season. Star Viola Davis has been nominated three times and won one Emmy for her performance as Professor of Law Annalise Keating, and has been nominated for two Golden Globes. 

“Off the Map”

Not every Shondaland offering has been as wildly successful as “Grey’s,” “Scandal,” and “HTGAWM.” Another medical drama — this one set in South America — called “Off the Map” was canceled after only one season. But you might recognize a few actors elsewhere in the Shondaverse: Jason George went on to play Dr. Ben Warren in “Grey’s” and “Station 19,” and Martin Henderson went on to play Dr. Nathan Riggs on “Grey’s.”

“The Catch”

“The Catch” aired for two seasons on ABC and was created by Jennifer Schuur, Kate Atkinson, and Helen Gregory. Rhimes and her producing partner Betsy Beers executive produced on the show, which followed a private investigator living in Los Angeles who becomes a victim of fraud thanks to her fiancé. Its last episode aired last May.

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“Still Star-Crossed”

Shondaland produced “Still Star-Crossed,” which only aired for one season from 2016-2017, with ABC studios. The show was created by Heather Mitchell, and based on Melinda Taub’s novel of the same name. The period drama followed the families of Romeo and Juliet after their deaths. It ended after seven episodes.

Shonda’s Netflix deal

Last summer, Netflix acquired all future Shondaland offerings in a four-year deal estimated to be worth as much as $100 million. Rhimes will still be involved in Shondaland projects at ABC, but everything moving forward will be with Netflix.

Rhimes said there’s a “misconception” about how she’ll juggle both jobs when asked if her deal with Netflix will impact any of her Shondaland offerings on ABC at TCA in January. 

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“It’s not as if we’re going to pack our bags and take some boxes and march someplace else and put stuff down,” she said during a panel for the then-unnamed “Station 19.”

“We’re here. We have five shows at ABC. We’re developing another. We’re very happy where we are. And all of our new shows are going to be at Netflix,” she added. “So it’s not as if we’re going anywhere. This is a place where it’s like saying I have five kids and then I’m going to just leave them and go home someplace else. So it’s not as if there’s a separation date or something.”

We can’t wait to see what that chefs in the Shondaland kitchen will cook up next.

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