Netflix has unveiled its initial slate of eight series from “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” producer Shonda Rhimes, the first projects to come from the mega-million dollar exclusive deal made between the streaming service and Shondaland following Rhimes’ departure from ABC.
In a statement, Rhimes says: “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. Ted and Cindy and everyone at Netflix have been incredible partners in making that happen. This is Shondaland 2.0.”
The projects start off with an untitled series based on the New York Magazine article about social butterfly and con artist Anna Delvey.
There’s an untitled project based on Julia Quinn’s best-selling series of novels about the Bridgerton family and dubbed a “smart feminist take on Regency England romance”. Chris Van Dusen (“Scandal”) will showrun the series.
A series adaptation of Pulitzer-Prize winning author Isabel Wilkerson’s “The Warmth of Other Suns” about the decades-long migration of African-Americans fleeing the Jim Crow South in search of a better life. Anna Deavere Smith will adapt.
“Pico & Sepulveda” which is set in the Mexican state of California in the 1840s and the end of an idyllic era as American forces threaten brutality and war at the border to claim the land for its own.
“Reset” which is based on Ellen Pao’s groundbreaking memoir detailing her life and the lawsuit that shook Silicon Valley to its boys’ club core and preceded the Time’s Up movement.
“The Residence” which is based on Kate Andersen Brower’s nonfiction book offering an accurate insider’s account of White House residence staffers and the upstairs downstairs lives they share with the First Families.
The darkly comedic half-hour series “Sunshine Scouts” about a rag-tag group of teenage girls at sleepaway camp who’ve survived an apocalyptic disaster and must use their survival skills to ensure humanity survives.
Finally “Hot Chocolate Nutcracker,” a documentary offering a behind-the-scenes look at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy’s award-winning reimagining of the classic ballet “The Nutcracker”.