5 reasons Shonda Rhimes is completely awesome
Tonight marks the mid-season return of How To Get Away With Murder on Universal Channel, while tomorrow is the return of Scandal on Sky Living, so we’re celebrating the woman at the helm of both of these sexy, super shows (and Grey’s Anatomy): Shonda Rhimes.
1. She’s responsible for three of the biggest television shows in the world (and her empire keeps expanding).
Shonda is the creator of the long-running medical drama Grey’s Anatomy, as well as political thriller Scandal. She also executive-produces How To Get Away With Murder, which was created by Shondaland alum Pete Nowalk. Not satisfied with a trio of household names, Rhimes will also debut a new series called The Catch later this year, about a fraud investigation.
2. She decided to start working in television after a heavy Buffy the Vampire Slayer marathon session.
While caring for her infant daughter, Rhimes would lay the baby on her chest while she watched television gems such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Felicity and 24. She thought: “God, television is really good.” Then she wrote Grey’s Anatomy.
3. Grey’s Anatomy was her first job in television.
Not only has Shonda been remarkable successful in her television career, she’s been incredibly successful in her very first television job. Grey’s Anatomy is still going strong after a whopping twelve seasons.
4. She is making strides towards increasing diversity on television…
Shonda is a keen advocate of colourblind casting, claiming that her casting calls do not refer to physical appearances so that casting directors can find the best actor for the role.
5. …and she is not afraid to call out those who aren’t.
In an interview with Salon, she said: “Everyone always says to me, ‘Why aren’t there more people of colour on television?’ I’m like, ‘Why don’t you ask a bunch of people who aren’t putting people of color on television why there aren’t more people of colour on television?'”
How To Get Away With Murder returns to Universal Channel at 10pm on March 2, while Scandal returns to Sky Living on March 3 at 10pm.