Shonda Rhimes is planning eight (eight!) shows straight off the bat for Netflix under her new $150 million deal. Eight! We're going to say that again: There are eight of them already. Forget just Thursday night—that's one more than there are days in a week.
It's not exactly surprising, even if it seems quite unprecedented. Rhimes is a popular and prolific creator of hit shows, and Netflix knows a good thing when it sees one. The company wants more original content, and unlike a traditional broadcast network, there's no limit to how much it can air. ABC can only fit so many episodes of television into a primetime slot every night, but on Netflix, everything is available everywhere, always. With Rhimes as our shepherd, our Netflix Lists truly runneth over.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, and as revealed in a New York Times interview, here are the eight shows Rhimes will bless subscribers with (some of which she is writing, some of which she is producing through her company Shondaland):
- The Anna Delvey story. The queen of the Summer of Scams was Anna Delvey, the immigrant huckster extraordinaire who conned banks and hotels and friends out of thousands in her bid to live the luxe life and build a Soho House for art. Do yourself a favor and read about her in Vanity Fair and New York magazine, if you haven't already.
- An adaptation of Julia Quinn's Bridgerton series of novels, about women in high-society London.
- The Warmth of Other Suns, based on a nonfiction book about America's Great Migration, adapted by Anna Deavere Smith.
- Pico And Sepulveda, about California in the years just before the United States fought Mexico for the land.
- Hot Chocolate Nutcracker: an unscripted-series peek behind the scenes of Debbie Allen's dance company and their staging of a revised Nutcracker ballet.
- A comedy! The company's first! Sunshine Scouts is about "foul-mouthed teenage girls who are trapped at the end of the world," according to THR. We're down with that.
- Shondaland has acquired the rights to the tech exec Ellen Pao's memoir, Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change, though it's unclear if this project is a film or series, and if it is narrative or documentary. The company also optioned The Residence, a nonfiction book about, well, the White House residence, as seen through the eyes of presidents, first families, and staff.
So we know what we're bingeing for the next...five years.