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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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Check It Out! “Riverdale” (@CW_Riverdale) Drops Poster for Season 3, Reveals Archie’s New Nemesis!

Summer can feel like an eternity when your favorite television series are on hiatus. Thankfully, one of our faves, The CW’s Riverdale has dropped us some new images and even greater news about Archie’s latest nemesis in its upcoming third sea

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Summer can feel like an eternity when your favorite television series are on hiatus. Thankfully, one of our faves, The CW’s Riverdale has dropped us some new images and even greater news about Archie’s latest nemesis in its upcoming third season!

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Riverdale Season 3 Poster

As you may already know, Season 2 of Riverdale ended with Archie being framed and arrested for murder by his girlfriend, Veronica Lodge’s, father, Hiram. It was a surprising end to a city that saw the denizens of Riverdale take a beating from serial killers and finally local thugs and white collar criminals claimed nearly all of the town for themselves. We do not know much about this upcoming season, but we can assure there is a new baddie on the horizon.

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Penelope Ann Miller as Ms. Wright in “Riverdale”

via Entertainment Weekly 

Archie, you in danger gurl.

This season on Riverdale, the ginger hero (KJ Apa) finds himself framed for murder by Hiram Lodge (Mark Consuelos) and dealing with the town’s prosecutor, Ms. Wright (Penelope Ann Miller). EW has your exclusive first look at Miller in her role.

Given Hiram’s control over most of the town, it feels safe to assume that he might have his hooks into Ms. Wright, too.

Archie and company have their work cut out for themselves if they’re going to save Riverdale! Tune October 10 at 9 PM EST when the new season premieres!

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The Laughs Don’t Stop! Lil Rel’s New Series “REL” (@RELOnFox) is the “Martin” of Our Times!

If there is one thing we love to do here at HeyMikeyATL is laugh; and Fox’s newest series, REL, Starring comedian, Lil Rel will make you laugh non-stop! Last night we had the chance to attend a private screening of the series at Atlantic Station. The screening was hosted by The Ricky Smiley Show’s Headkrack and followed by a Q & A with Rel star, Jordan L. Jones.

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If there is one thing we love to do here at HeyMikeyATL is laugh; and Fox’s newest series, REL, Starring comedian, Lil Rel will make you laugh non-stop! Last night we had the chance to attend a private screening of the series at Atlantic Station. The screening was hosted by The Ricky Smiley Show’s Headkrack and followed by a Q & A with Rel star, Jordan L. Jones.

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Sinbad, Lil Rel Howery, and Jordan L. Jones in Rel (2018)

The series centers on Rel a male nurse living in Chicago whose wife recently left him after he discovers she cheated on him with his barber. What should be a heartbreaking situation is tempered with laughter when his best friend Brittany (Jessica “Jess Hilarious” Moore) suggests he get back at his barber by getting with his alleged love interest, Monica, nicknamed “Loose Boots Monica.” The laughs ensue further as his younger brother–fresh out of prison–Nat (Jordan L. Jones) and his father (played by Sinbad) clown him just as hard. Rel must pull his life together and endure the ridicule of the community to move on with his life and readjust to being “Rel” again.

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Lil Rel is hands down one of the funniest comedians alive and this new series is only the latest come up in his career. From being a local Chicago celebrity, then appearing in his roles on Get Out and Insecure, and now his own self-titled series on FoxRel is easily the Martin (Lawrence) show of our times. Nostalgia is an awesome marketing tool and when you see this series you will easily feel as happy and elated as you did from the great sitcoms of the nineties and early 2000s that also include Living Single, Half & Half, and to a lesser degree All Of Us.

Lil Rel you are seriously making moves man and we love you for it. Catch Rel this Sunday, September 9th right after the football game! Happy viewing!

What do you guys think of Lil Rel’s new show? Sound off in the comments section below!

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Congrats! Niecy Nash (@NiecyNash) Lands Late-Night Show on TNT!

Niecy Nash is “clawing” her way to the top! Not only is she a beloved comedienne and actress, but her hit series, Claws has been renewed for a third season; and now TNT has ordered a new late night show from her!

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Niecy Nash is “clawing” her way to the top! Not only is she a beloved comedienne and actress, but her hit series, Claws has been renewed for a third season; and now TNT has ordered a new late night show from her!

via Variety

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TNT is expanding its relationship with “Claws” star Niecy Nash.

The cabler has ordered a pilot for a late-night series that Nash will host and executive produce. Currently titled “Naked with Niecy Nash,” the series would see Nash offer advice on love, sex, romance and relationships with everyday people.

Sue Murphy, who served as an executive producer and writer on the Netflix talk show “Chelsea” and as an executive producer on E!’s “Chelsea Lately,” will serve as an executive producer and showrunner on the pilot.

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Should the project get ordered to series, it would mark the first late-night series in TNT’s history. Nash would also be one of only two female late-night hosts on network TV, with the other being Samantha Bee, who hosts “Full Frontal” on fellow Turner network TBS.

“I’m so excited to add my voice to the late-night landscape,” said Nash. “Love is the thing we were created for but it’s also the place we struggle the most… until now! This is going to be a fun and sexy ride! TNT is the perfect partner for me in this endeavor! Adding an experienced and amazing executive producer and showrunner like Sue Murphy to this mix was the cherry on top.”

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Niecy Nash really is “living her best life” and we are super psyched to see Naked with Niecy Nash! We wonder who her guests will be. There is no doubt her Claws  cast mates will be stopping by and she is also great friends with a number of comedians, including Cedric The Entertainer. Congrats again!

 

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