What does a visionary and uber-producer who has generated over $2 billion in profit after creating game-changing shows like Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and more do? Any damn things she wants. This week Shonda Rhimes, the world's greatest television producers, did just that by announcing that she is parting ways with ABC and to exclusively create new content for digital streamer, Netlfix, Variety.com reports.
The groundbreaking move from broadcast television to the streaming giant offers "unique creative freedom and instantaneous global reach," Rhimes said in a statement.
While I'm wondering how Ms. Rhimes will pack up her infinity pool of fans' tears and rollercoasters of feels, I'm also doing my happy dance! Rhimes essentially has a blank slate at Netflix, which makes her the hottest ticket in Hollywood. A fangirl's mind reels at the binging possibilities.
However, fantastic shows need fabulous actors, so here are some wonderful actors and one show I've love to see make a pilgrimage to Shondaland...
Diversity in entertainment has been a blisteringly hot topic for years now. And while the movie industry progressing so slowly they're being lapped by hypothermic turtles, television is at the forefront of making meaningful strides. This fall, Fox is debuting 24: Legacy starring Straight Outta Compton's Corey Hawkins and Pitch and a series imagining the black and female MLB pitcher. NBC heaps on the family feels with This Is Us. The OWN Network is also making a power move to steal broadcast eyeballs with Queen Sugar created by visionary director Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey.
Meanwhile, CBS will roll out six new shows...all starring white men. Say it with me, y'all: #CBSSoWhite. Thankfully the media and frustrated television viewers have loudly voiced their distaste with CBS's problematic programming practices.
During their network panel at the Television Critics Association press tour last week, CBS entertainment president Glen Geller offered a pitiful and ham-fisted response to the pointed questions about the network's glaring lack of diversity. "We need to do better and we know it...We showed you some photos of 16 new series regulars, 11 of them are diverse. I know they’re not leads, but 11 are diverse and that is our commitment to diversity," Geller said, according to EW.com.
Translation: Inclusion is awesome for supporting characters whose only purpose is to serve the white leads, and can be killed off to evoke white pain come sweeps. See Yvette Nicole Brown's role as Oscar Madison's assistant in The Odd Couple reboot. And Taraji P. Henson's late Det. Joss Carter in Person Of Interest.
Since I sincerely believe CBS's heartfelt promise to do better and that it's not a half-assed rationale of their casting methods, I decided to do the heavy-lifting for them. So next season, there will be no excuse for the stars of their shows to look like the audience of a Donald Trump rally.
Here are 8 diverse actors who are long overdue for their own television shows…
If you heard something go bump on Friday night, it wasn't a monster, it was the sound of a collective fandom banging their heads against their desks after watching Sleepy Hollow's season ender. Sleepy Hollow, Fox’s troubled sci-fi show, ended its third season with the profoundly stupid death of its central character Abbie Mills, played by Nicole Beharie.
If only it had sustained their groundbreaking and whimsical storytelling in season 1.
If it has seemed like far too long since “Sleepy Hollow’s” season 2 finale, it’s been even longer for our favorite witnesses. Over a year has passed since the events of last May’s season finale in which Ichabod (Tom Mison) was forced to kill his troublesome wife, Katrina. “Sleepy Hollow” returns with new characters, new villains and new haircuts, TVLine.com reports. So long, Headless, your wickedly chiseled torso will be missed! Hello, Abbie’s (Nicole Beharie) chic new bob and Ichabod’s more modern coif.
“Sleepy Hollow’s” third season premieres tonight, and here’s what we know so far: Abbie Mills made good on her season 1 ambitions to attend Quantico. Meanwhile, Crane—attempting to figure how to exist in a modern world—visits England and at some point: jail. I am assuming Ichabod’s arrest is what brings Abbie back to town.
New characters are also heading to the doomed hollow. Zach Appleman’s Joe Corbin returns as a series regular. “Twilight’s” Nikki Reed and “Mistresses” Shannyn Sossaman also join the cast as celebrated seamstress Betsy Ross and foreboding Pandora, respectively. Finally, Lance Gross will play Abbie's new boss, and possibly a new love interest?
If you had issues with last season, never fear! New showrunner Clifton Campbell has heard your complaints that Abbie and Jenny (Lyndie Greenwood) were sidelined, and promises they are the focus of this season as our witnesses assemble to fight “the second tribulation” aka the newest iteration of apocalyptic evil.
Don’t miss the “Sleepy Hollow” premiere on Oct. 1 at 9/8c on Fox. Until then, check out the sneak peek below!
Photo Credits: TVLine.com
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