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Topic: Shonda Rhimes

Multicultural Talent Is Surging on TV and Winning Mainstream Audiences

A long-awaited shift

Hardly anyone was more surprised than Dana Walden at the ratings surge Fox midseason entrant Empire enjoyed following its Jan. 7 debut. She expected a lift but not to the…

How Lee Daniels Drew on His Own Life to Shape Empire, TV's Surprise Hit

The creative force tells us what he's learned and what's next

Scratch the surface of Fox's monster hit drama Empire and you'll find a whole lot of truths that are based on the experiences of Lee Daniels, who created the series…

ABC Plays It Safe at Its Upfront, but Jimmy Kimmel Takes No Prisoners

Network makes few moves but leaves big impression

After unveiling a 2015-2016 schedule that looked remarkably similar to this season's, ABC's upfront presentation today lacked any big surprises. But more of the same was just what the advertisers and…

As It Builds Momentum, ABC Stays the Course With a Conservative Fall Schedule

Network keeps four nights intact, plans Muppets update for fall

After a season in which ABC gained a lot of momentum, thanks in large part to its Shonda Rhimes-fueled TGIT lineup and freshman hits like Black-ish and Fresh Off the Boat,…

Producers, Not Actors, Are the Stars of TV Networks' Early Series Pickups

Shonda Rhimes, Greg Berlanti are safer bets than most Hollywood A-listers

We're less than 72 hours from broadcast upfront week, and ahead of revealing their upcoming slates (NBC will be the first out of the gate, announcing its fall schedule on…

ABC's Success With Diversity Comes From Focusing on Creators, Not Just Stars

'It's our job to reflect America'

ABC has changed mainstream television's diversity makeup more than any of its broadcast counterparts in recent years, and executives say the commitment is paying off not just in ratings, but…

Katherine Heigl's New Show Pulled the Viewers, but Will They Stick Around?

Ratings are positive, but not so much the reviews

State of Affairs, as we observed in September, has some problems. But it also has a high budget, a bankable star and a time slot after NBC's flagship show, The…

Shonda Rhimes Smashes It in TV Twitter Ratings

Scandal’s Season 4 premiere dominates the competition

Shonda Rhimes is on a roll in Nielsen’s TV Twitter ratings. The producer and screenwriter’s steamy Scandal, set in Washington D.C., generated the most Twitter traffic last week. It inspired…

Shonda Rhimes Addresses Being Mischaracterized as an 'Angry Black Woman'

Calls out The New York Times on social

Shonda Rhimes is calling out The New York Times for an article that suggested the Grey's Anatomy creator is an "angry black woman," and that she's taking advantage of the stereotype to fuel…

The Next Aaron Spelling? Showrunner Shonda Rhimes Is ABC's Queen of Prime Time

Taking charge of ABC's full Thursday night lineup

The pilot of then-unknown hospital drama Grey’s Anatomy was nearly complete in early 2005, but some real heavy lifting remained. Shonda Rhimes, a screenwriter who was taking her first stab…

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