Last August, long-time ABC showrunner and producer Shonda Rhimes—the genius behind Grey's Anatomy and Scandal—shocked her fans and the industry when she announced she was leaving the cable juggernaut behind to create a slew of new shows for Netflix. Eight shows, to be precise—and now we know the details behind each. On Friday, Rhimes, who signed a $300 million deal with the streaming powerhouse, finally revealed the titles and a few details of the shows she’s working on to the New York Times—and it sounds like these new projects will be quite different from what we’ve seen from her in the past.
“Everybody thinks that there’s a ‘Shondaland show,’” Rhimes told the Times about just how different these new shows might be. “No. There’s a Shondaland show that we made for ABC. Now I can’t wait to show everybody what a Shondaland show is that we make for the world.”
One of the shows that might be on the unexpected side for Shondaland was revealed back in June, when news broke that Shondaland and Netflix had acquired the rights to New York Magazine’s viral story of ultra-scammer Anna Delvey and will be adapting it into a television show.
“I knew exactly what the show was, which is a very clear indicator,” Ms. Rhimes told the New York Times after reading the Delvey story while on vacation in Arizona. She said she starting writing it "almost immediately."
Below, a list of Rhimes’ seven other forthcoming projects—and everything we know about them so far.
An untitled Bridgerton project:
This series is inspired by author Julia Quinn’s collections of eight fiction novels set between 1813 and 1825. Each novel is from the perspective of one of the Bridgerton children that make up the powerful British family.
The Warmth of Other Suns:
This series is based on the 2010 Pulitzer Prize nonfiction winner, The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson. The New York Times bestseller tells the story of three young Americans migrating from the South to the North during what's now known as the United States’ Great Migration.
Pico & Sepulveda:
A series set in Mexican California at the start of the Gold Rush in the 1840s.
Netflix and Shondaland have acquired the rights to Ellen Pao's powerful memoir of the same name that recounts her time working in the boys club of Silicon Valley and the workplace discrimination lawsuit that ultimately ensued.
This series will be based on The Residence, a nonfiction book about the goings-on inside the White House from the perspective of staff like maids, butlers, cooks, florists, and doormen. Another Shondaland show set inside the White House? Count me in.
Shondaland’s first-ever comedy to get greenlight follows a group of teenage girls trapped at the end of the world—during sleep-away camp.
Hot Chocolate Nutcracker:
A documentary about Debbie Allen Dance Academy's take on the world-famous Nutcracker ballet.
There's still no word on when these new Shondaland shows will be available to stream on Netflix, but we'll be sure to keep you posted.