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“ABC its not us, it’s you.” That’s probably what showrunner Shonda Rhimes probably said when she announced she was taking Shondaland to Netflix to create more original content for the streaming network!

Yep, you read right ABC and Shonda Rhimes have parted ways! This definitely comes as a shock, especially since Grey’s Anatomy is still the highest-rated show on the network.

via THR:

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Under the multiple-year deal, Rhimes and her Shondaland banner will create and produce new projects for the streaming giant. Rhimes’ longtime producing partner Betsy Beers will continue to head Shondaland in the move to Netflix. Under what is said to be a rich four-year pact, Rhimes is expected to score a percentage of the back-end on programming she creates for Netflix. 

“Shonda Rhimes is one of the greatest storytellers in the history of television,” Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said. “Her work is gripping, inventive, pulse-pounding, heart-stopping, taboo-breaking television at its best. I’ve gotten the chance to know Shonda and she’s a true Netflixer at heart — she loves TV and films, she cares passionately about her work, and she delivers for her audience. We’re so excited to welcome her to Netflix.”

The move further aligns Rhimes with Netflix, which has featured the Grey’s Anatomy library that has helped elevate the veteran ABC medical soap to become the network’s most-watched drama — a rare feat for a show in its 13th season. The series heads into season 14 in the fall as it sets its sights on being the longest-running medical drama on television alongside ER. 

“Shondaland’s move to Netflix is the result of a shared plan Ted Sarandos and I built based on my vision for myself as a storyteller and for the evolution of my company,” Rhimes said. “Ted provides a clear, fearless space for creators at Netflix. He understood what I was looking for — the opportunity to build a vibrant new storytelling home for writers with the unique creative freedom and instantaneous global reach provided by Netflix’s singular sense of innovation. The future of Shondaland at Netflix has limitless possibilities.”

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ABC will continue to remain home to Grey’s Anatomy and its upcoming spinoff as well as Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder as well as the forthcoming drama For the People. Rhimes had been with ABC Studios for 15 years.

“Our current shows will continue to thrive on ABC and Shondaland will be there every step of the way,” Rhimes said. “I could not have asked for a better home to begin my career. I continue to be grateful to work with so many talented people — especially our studio gladiator Patrick Moran and our most powerful and brilliant champion Channing Dungey. Starting today, we are thrilled to begin creating new Shondaland stories with Netflix. Everyone at Shondaland is honored to expand both our audience and our creative identity with Ted and the entire team at Netflix.”

ABC Studios will remain the home to Shondaland disciples Pete Nowalk (How to Get Away With Murder), Krista Vernoff (Grey’s Anatomy), Stacy McKee (the Grey’s spinoff), Don Todd and Paul William Davies (For the People), Mark Fish (Scandal), Mark Wilding (Grey’s spinoff), Bill Harper (Grey’s Anatomy) and Allan Heinberg.

“We’re so proud of the work we’ve done with Shonda and Betsy throughout our long and productive relationship. From the worldwide success of Grey’s Anatomy to today, with five series, a pilot from Allan Heinberg and a number of projects in development, we will continue to shepherd that success together,” ABC Studios president Moran said. “The Shondaland imprint will always be an important part of ABC Studios and we wish them all the best in this new endeavor.”

Added ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey, who previously headed drama at the network: “Shonda, Betsy and I started working together with the first episode of Grey’s Anatomy and those early days will forever remain one of the highlights of my professional life. We are happy to continue working with Shonda and her team at Shondaland on Grey’s, Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder and the upcoming For the People and Grey’s spinoff. I’m proud to have given a home to what have become some of the most celebrated and talked about shows on television. With the launch of a new season upon us, fans can rest assured that TGIT remains intact and will be as buzzed about as ever.”

Sources say Rhimes had been renegotiating her overall deal with ABC Studios for the past few months. That the prolific producer would exit the network’s studio sibling comes as a blow for broadcast and a hint of things to come in the arms race for talent. With more than 455 scripted originals, broadcast, cable and streaming platforms are turning to proven hit-makers like Rhimes for new material. Rhimes is the first African-American woman to notch the rare 100-episode milestone three times in her career (for Grey’s, Private Practice and Scandal). 

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For Rhimes, it gives the star showrunner a new forum to tell richer stories that push the envelope as she has yet to explore the cable or streaming world. Scandal further solidified Rhimes as one of TV’s most powerful showrunners and helped ABC bolster its Thursday lineup. With the strength of Scandal and emergence of How to Get Away With Murder, the network moved Grey’s Anatomy to its formerly troubled 8 p.m. hour as it created a “TGIT”-branded night consisting of three Rhimes-produced dramas. Creatively, Scandal helped usher in a new era of diversity on the small screen when Rhimes cast Kerry Washington as fixer Olivia Pope. Washington picked up her first Emmy nomination in 2013 and became the first African American to be nominated for best drama actress in the past 18 years and fifth overal

The Rhimes deal — the streamer’s first overall — comes as free-spending Netflix has been aggressive when it comes to luring top talent. Last week, the streamer picked up a talk show hosted by David Letterman and acquired comic book publisher Millarworld as it pushes to own more of its content. (Last week, The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman moved from his home at AMC to Amazon under a rich overall deal as the streamer retail giant begins to do the same.)

I think I’ll be keeping my Netflix subscription now!

Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning

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The CW Airs Series Finale for “Life Sentence,” Show Runner Reveals True Ending For Series!

We love The CW! The network has some of the best television series out right now, including Riverdale, Supernatural, and The Arrowverse (the term associated with the The CW’s interconnected superhero series Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and Black Lightning), and soon the Charmed reboot. However, one of its series that surprisingly intrigued us was Life Sentence, a series centered on Stella Abbott (Lucy Hale), a woman who thought she was dying from cancer, but now has to face the rest of her life after being cured. Stella often finds herself playing catch up as she learns her husband and family have made many sacrifices to keep her incredibly comfortable. The series is sweet, funny, quirky and is now CANCELLED!

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We love The CW! The network has some of the best television series out right now, including Riverdale, Supernatural, and The Arrowverse (the term associated with the The CW’s interconnected superhero series Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and Black Lightning), and soon the Charmed reboot. However, one of its series that surprisingly intrigued us was Life Sentence, a series centered on Stella Abbott (Lucy Hale), a woman who thought she was dying from cancer, but now has to face the rest of her life after being cured. Stella often finds herself playing catch up as she learns her husband and family have made many sacrifices to keep her incredibly comfortable. The series is sweet, funny, quirky and is now CANCELLED!

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The CW opted to cancel the series due to low ratings, as it averaged a mere 500K viewers each episode. Star of the series, Lucy Hale has posted the following:

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We really hate to see the series go, especially after watching the series finale. It was so amazingly sweet with each character seemingly getting a hopeful ending. Television has a lot of dramas but Life Sentence really stood out with its message of family first, second chances, and making the most of life. We love you Stella Abbott, and her husband, Wes Charles (Elliot Knight)…our Friday nights just will not be the same with you.

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The series finale defintely had fans of the show in tears as Stella and Wes broke up. The show runner, Richard Keith took Twitter revealing how the series should have ended had it lasted longer.

“They stay friends… then drift apart… then reconnect in Paris at 30 and get remarried, fully knowing the commitment they are making… and they adopt the child of a someone who is diagnosed with cancer while pregnant and chooses to have the baby rather than chemo #lifesentence,” Keith said in response to the fan.

We wish Lucy, Elliot, and the rest of the cast the best of luck in all their future endeavors! For now you can catch all the episodes on demand under The CW. Happy viewing!

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“Darlene?” ABC Thinks on “Roseanne” Spin-Off Starring Sara Gilbert (@THEsaragilbert)!

The rumor mill is always churning out some juicy secrets or details these days. Whether another professional athlete has side baby, or another Kardashian lands herself in a new relationship, celebrity gossip stays buzzing. This time, however, news comes from the realm of television as it is rumored that ABC is looking to spinoff  the recently cancelled Roseanne reboot!

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The rumor mill is always churning out some juicy secrets or details these days. Whether another professional athlete has side baby, or another Kardashian lands herself in a new relationship, celebrity gossip stays buzzing. This time, however, news comes from the realm of television as it is rumored that ABC is looking to spinoff  the recently cancelled Roseanne reboot!

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Rumor has it that ABC is looking to base the spinoff of the reboot on Sara Gilbert’s character, “Darlene Connor.” As you may already know, Darlene is Roseanne’s second daughter and middle child, known for being as sarcastic and cynical as she is intelligent. In the reboot we saw her living with Roseanne and Dan again with her son and daughter after losing her job in Chicago.

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AMES MCNAMARA, SARA GILBERT, LAURIE METCALF, EMMA KENNEY, JAYDEN REY, ROSEANNE BARR, MICHAEL FISHMAN, JOHN GOODMAN, LECY GORANSON, SARAH CHALKE

ROSEANNE – ABC’s “Roseanne” stars Ames McNamara as Mark, Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner, Laurie Metcalf as Jackie Harris, Emma Kenney as Harris Conner, Jayden Rey as Mary, Roseanne Barr as Roseanne Conner, Michael Fishman as D.J. Conner, John Goodman as Dan Conner, Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner, and Sarah Chalke as Andrea. (ABC/Robert Trachtenberg)

Variety reports that Sara Gilbert and the executive producers of the currently deceased show met with Channing Dungey this past Monday and presented her with an idea for a spinoff featuring Darlene. John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf would be willing to join said spinoff, as would the now-unemployed. Because the show was renewed for a second season, an approved spinoff could go into production immediately and be ready to go possibly by late November—maybe just in time for Thanksgiving, so viewers can spend time with a casually racist family that is not their own.

Truly, it seems all the stars are aligned for some form of this program to return—but there is still the issue of Roseanne Barr, the star of Roseanne, who is the reason the show got cancelled in the first place. As she’s the creator of the character Roseanne Connor, she’d have some financial stake in any spin-off, which is a situation that ABC doesn’t want to support. The very same curiosity that drove viewers to watch the reboot in the first place will likely draw them back to a spin-off featuring Darlene, which is clearly what the networks and producers are banking on, ever since their money source, a racistTwitter troll, flew a little too close to the sun.

We have to say we saw this Darlene spinoff coming. After Roseanne spewed her racism on Twitter we knew it was only a matter of time they found a way to continue this widely popular show. We suspect they will kill her character off and have her family move on without her with Darlene taking on the role as the new matriarch of the Connor Clan. We are keeping our fingers crossed for Sara Gilbert, she definitely deserves this opportunity!

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VIDEO FIRST LOOK: ‘We’re The Campbells’ on TV One Starring Erica & Warryn Campbell

TV One is set to premiere its latest original docu-series, WE’RE THE CAMPBELLS on Tuesday, June 19 at 8 p.m. ET/7C. 
The nine episode docu-series will give viewers an intimate glimpse into the lives of Gospel entertainment power couple Warryn and Erica Campbell, as they tackle the everyday struggles that come with balancing family and work, nurturing their marriage, building their individual careers, and fostering their faith; all while raising their three children Warryn, Zaya and teenager Krista. TV One will also feature the couple in its ongoing online series #BLACKLOVE and a digital exclusive after show …WITH WARRYN & ERICA. The weekly online companion content will get up-close-and personal with Warryn and Erica, as they reveal how they have dealt with common issues that could make or break any relationship.

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TV One is set to premiere its latest original docu-series, WE’RE THE CAMPBELLS on Tuesday, June 19 at 8 p.m. ET/7C. 

The nine episode docu-series will give viewers an intimate glimpse into the lives of Gospel entertainment power couple Warryn and Erica Campbell, as they tackle the everyday struggles that come with balancing family and work, nurturing their marriage, building their individual careers, and fostering their faith; all while raising their three children Warryn, Zaya and teenager Krista. TV One will also feature the couple in its ongoing online series #BLACKLOVE and a digital exclusive after show …WITH WARRYN & ERICA. The weekly online companion content will get up-close-and personal with Warryn and Erica, as they reveal how they have dealt with common issues that could make or break any relationship.

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We have to say Warryn and Erica’s show looks great and it seems like it will be a wholesome show to watch. The world of reality television can definitely stand to have a more diverse landscape. In short, we mean it cannot all be ratchet!

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