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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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[VIDEO] ICYMI! “Pokemon’s” Ash Ketchum Wins His 1st Pokemon League in 22 Years!

“I wanna be the very best like no one ever was…” Those were the first few words to the lyrics of the original Pokemon theme song,. This hit anime has went on to become one of the most successful animated series in the world, marking the journey of everyone’s favorite pokemon trainer, Ash Ketchum and his partner, Pikachu. Since April 1, 1997 we watched Ash try, and fail, over the course of twenty-two years to win one of the Pokemon Leagues in the various regions of the world he has journeyed through. Now in the latest installment of the series, Pokemon: Sun & Moon, he FINALLY won at the Alola Pokemon League! Needless to nostalgia is bubbling and the internet is hype about the news!

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“I wanna be the very best like no one ever was…” Those were the first few words to the lyrics of the original Pokemon theme song,. This hit anime has went on to become one of the most successful animated series in the world, marking the journey of everyone’s favorite pokemon trainer, Ash Ketchum and his partner, Pikachu. Since April 1, 1997 we watched Ash try, and fail, over the course of twenty-two years to win one of the Pokemon Leagues in the various regions of the world he has journeyed through. Now in the latest installment of the series, Pokemon: Sun & Moon, he FINALLY won at the Alola Pokemon League! Needless to nostalgia is bubbling and the internet is hype about the news!

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Ash Ketchum and his Alola Region Pokemon Team

Ash Ketchum has to be the epitome of what it means to chase a dream. This kid, who’s been ten years old for decades now, has never given up on wanting to become the best pokemon trainer in the world. We have watched him battle goofy villains (Team Rocket), poachers, otherworldly beings, and even time travel all in the name of learning about the magical and powerful creatures inhabiting his world. We are surprised the folks over at Nintendo decided it was finally time to allow him to become a champion. Perhaps, they thought it would end the anime since he would theoretically have accomplished his goal. However, that is not the case, as he is allegedly headed (with Pikachu, of course) to the fabled Galar region (based off the United Kingdom). There, he’s expected to meet and catch new pokemon, make new friends, and try to win their league as well.

Whether you are still a pokemon fan or not, this is a momentous event in television history and should let you briefly flashback to your childhood. At the very least you should take away the notion of never giving up. You can fail a 1,000 times, but that one big win can change your life for the better and it will all be worth it. Congrats Ash!

 

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YIKES! “Real Housewives of Atlanta’s” Nene, Porsha, Kenya, & Yovanna Almost Come to Blows In Toronto

Filming for the he twelfth season of The Real Housewives of Atlanta is shaping up to quite explosive. Allegedly the ladies’ trip to Toronto almost became a violent getaway when veteran cast members, Nene Leakes, Porsha Williams, Kenya Moore, and “unofficial friend” to the series, Gail ‘”Yovanna” Momplaisir, nearly came to blows! According to sources close to the show the conflict allegedly began when Nene showed up to dinner, “exposed.”

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Filming for the he twelfth season of The Real Housewives of Atlanta is shaping up to quite explosive. Allegedly the ladies’ trip to Toronto almost became a violent getaway when veteran cast members, Nene Leakes, Porsha Williams, Kenya Moore, and “unofficial friend” to the series, Gail ‘”Yovanna” Momplaisir, nearly came to blows! According to sources close to the show the conflict allegedly began when Nene showed up to dinner, “exposed.”

via Love B. Scott

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The night started off all wrong when NeNe Leakes allegedly ‘came in with her bare breasts exposed,’ causing speculation as to whether or not she was under the influence. The photo above was taken by an onlooker — and it’s easy to see how NeNe’s girls could’ve made a guest appearance.

If you recall, NeNe JUST resumed filming with the rest of the ladies last month after her weeks-long suspension.

“No one cared that she was there and she got zero reaction from any of the ladies — including Marlo and Yovanna (who’s around as an ‘unofficial friend).’”

According to our sources, Yovanna and Porsha went at it as well as Kenya and NeNe.

“Yovanna is a snake. No one really likes her and it’s clear she’s only around to be the villain,” said the source.

All we can say is this is a bit much. We are not sure what could make all of them get to a point where they are ready to fight in a restaurant, but we are not surprised. Kenya and Nene are practically mortal enemies at this point; and Porsha and Yovanna (As you recall last season she stated she was “that bitch” at Clark Atlanta University in her heyday) are hot heads. Last season was rather lackluster so it seems the ladies are making up for their less than stellar peformance in 2018. Kenya, welcome back!

 

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ICYMI! “Young Justice: Outsiders” Cartoon Reveals Aqualad is Gay

News of Young Justice’s return for a third season was the talk of the town just a couple of years ago, and then when it began airing earlier this year news of inclusivity was abuzz! The creators of the series teased there would be LGBT characters in the latest season, revealing Aquaman (Kaldur’ahm), formerly Aqualad in previous seasons is in fact gay. Aqualad was pictured in a romantic relationship in the undersea kingdom of Atlantis with an Atlantean man known as Wyynde, a powerful sorcere. The two were pictured kissing towards the end of the episode.

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News of Young Justice’s return for a third season was the talk of the town just a couple of years ago, and then when it began airing earlier this year news of inclusivity was abuzz! The creators of the series teased there would be LGBT characters in the latest season, revealing Aquaman (Kaldur’ahm), formerly Aqualad in previous seasons is in fact gay. Aqualad was pictured in a romantic relationship in the undersea kingdom of Atlantis with an Atlantean man known as Wyynde, a powerful sorcere. The two were pictured kissing towards the end of the episode.

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News of Kaldur’ahm’s sexuality should not come as a surprise. In the canon of DC Comics he is also gay, with his sexuality being revealed a couple of years ago. Kaldur’ahm is not the only LGBT character seen in the series as the female vigilante, Bluebird, has expressed interest in Halo, a biologically female superhero who identifies as non-binary. The series seems to reflecting in the growing acceptance and understanding of gender and sexual fluidity.

Having a Black Gay Male superhero on a series of the magnitude, albeit, animated, is still a step in the right direction. It challenges stereotypes and serves as a powerful reminder that heroes comes in all shapes, sizes, races, and sexual preferences!  #PRIDE!

 

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