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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] The CW’s “Arrow” Airs Series Finale Tonight! The Cast Sends Their Goodbyes

It is hard to believe it has been eight years since Stephen Amell donned the “Green Arrow/Oliver Queen” costume and persona to become one of television’s greatest superheroes in “Arrow.” The series has greatly impacted television, spawning a network of spinoff and related series, known as the “Arrowverse,” which has grown to encompass every DC Comics-related television series spanning over six decades into a multiverse. Now, tonight, the show that began it all–that connects it all–will air its final episode.

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It is hard to believe it has been eight years since Stephen Amell donned the “Green Arrow/Oliver Queen” costume and persona to become one of television’s greatest superheroes in “Arrow.” The series has greatly impacted television, spawning a network of spinoff and related series, known as the “Arrowverse,” which has grown to encompass every DC Comics-related television series spanning over six decades into a multiverse. Now, tonight, the show that began it all–that connects it all–will air its final episode.

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“Arrow” cast, Season 8

We hate to see the cast of “Arrow” go as it is has brought some of comics’ most popular or obscure superheroes, (besides Green Arrow) like Black Canary (Dinah Drake, Dinah Laurel Lance), Ragman, The Atom (Ray Palmer), Mr. Terrific, Huntress, Red Arrow, Speedy, etc. Stephen, himself, took to Instagram with the following statement regarding the end of his show:

The cast of “Arrow” also created a send off video from “TV Guide.” Check it out below:

Stephen and the rest of the cast will be greatly missed, but we are sure this is not the last we have seen of them in the Arrowverse.

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Arrow — “Green Arrow & The Canaries” — Image Number: AR809b_0627r.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Juliana Harkavy as Dinah Drake/Black Canary, Katherine McNamara as Mia and Katie Cassidy as Laurel Lance/Black Siren — Photo: Colin Bentley/The CW — © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Also, as above mentioned, the sequel/spinoff to the series set in 2040, “Green Arrow & The Canaries” is set to start this Fall. It will center on Oliver Queen’s daughter, Mia Smoak, as she becomes the new Green Arrow, assisted by both Black Canary and Black Siren.

We want to say thank you to The CW and the cast of “Arrow” for some amazing stories and this amazing universe it leaves behind. We wish you all the absolute best!

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Ellen’s Game of Games – Local Atlanta contestant on Tuesday!

Primetime’s #1 game show “Ellen’s Game of Games” is in full swing for season three, delivering unpredictable twists, more belly laughs and several brand new, never-before-seen games.

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Primetime’s #1 game show “Ellen’s Game of Games” is in full swing for season three, delivering unpredictable twists, more belly laughs and several brand new, never-before-seen games.

Tomorrow, January 28 brings us: Another One Bites The Crust

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Ellen DeGeneres welcomes contestants to play “Taste Buds,” “Danger Word,” “Mazed and Confused” and for double the fun, “You Bet Your Wife” with Atlanta-based twins, Marla Pruitte and Marcie ColemanMarla Pruitte, an entrepreneur and Marcia Coleman, who works at Palmer House Realty bring tons of energy to the show!

The winner of each of the first four rounds advances to “Know or Go” and the person who wins that game advances to “Hot Hands” for a chance to win a cash prize.  Stephen “tWitch” Boss serves as announcer.

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Multi award-winning television host, producer, writer, actress and entertainment powerhouse Ellen DeGeneres brings her high-energy comedy to NBC primetime as host and executive producer of the reality competition show, which also features Stephen “tWitch” Boss as announcer.

“Ellen’s Game of Games” includes supersized versions of the most popular and action-packed games from DeGeneres’ award-winning daytime talk show, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” Contestants are pulled from the audience and must maneuver massive obstacles, answer questions under crushing time pressure and face gigantic plunges into the unknown – all in a quest to win a big cash prize.

In addition this season, DeGeneres has convinced several of her celebrity friends to join in on the fun.

Every episode will feature DeGeneres’ mischievous personality along with a raucous roster of games, including familiar favorites “Blindfolded Musical Chairs,” “Dizzy Dash” and “You Bet Your Wife” as well as some big and new additions for this season that include “Mazed and Confused,” “Runaway Bride,” “Dirty Laundry” and “Buckin’ Blasters.” The high-pressure moments and unexpected results will keep audiences on the edge of their seats.

Contestants play different games over four rounds. The winner of each round advances to play “Know or Go.” The winner of “Know of Go” gets the chance to play an epic game of “Hot Hands” where they have to guess as many answers as they can in a designated amount of time.

“Ellen’s Game of Games” is executive produced by Ellen DeGeneres, Kevin A. Leman II, Mary Connelly, Ed Glavin, Andy Lassner, Derek Westervelt, Daniel Norris, Noah Bonnett and Jeff Kleeman.

Warner Horizon Unscripted Television and A Very Good Production in association with Telepictures.

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It Continues…”Lifetime” Prepares “Surviving Jeffrey Epstein!”

Lifetime definitely scored mega ratings with its hit docu-series, “Surviving R. Kelly.” The series has been praised and criticized for taking down the R&B singer and building a case against him for the sexual exploitation of dozens of women across the country. However, many feel like the series and R. Kelly’s subsequent indictments were just low hanging fruit, and other, more prolific predators need to be taken down. Thus Lifetime’s next docuseries is “Surviving Jeffrey Epstein!”

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Lifetime definitely scored mega ratings with its hit docu-series, “Surviving R. Kelly.” The series has been praised and criticized for taking down the R&B singer and building a case against him for the sexual exploitation of dozens of women across the country. However, many feel like the series and R. Kelly’s subsequent indictments were just low hanging fruit, and other, more prolific predators need to be taken down. Thus Lifetime’s next docuseries is “Surviving Jeffrey Epstein!”

Jeffrey Epstein, as you may recall, is a financier and convicted sex offender who attained young women, many of them underage, for himself and his elite social circle to sexually abuse.

via Complex

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Variety writes that the announcement was shared at the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Saturday. The docuseries was initially declared to be in development last summer and is expected to air on Lifetime this summer.

Epstein was arrested in 2019 and accused of sexually assaulting and trafficking multiple underage girls. A lot of eyes were on the case due to the fact that he mingled with a number of powerful people in Washington D.C. and beyond.

He had been charged with such crimes before, receiving a soft plea deal in 2008 from former U.S. Attorney Alexander Acosta, who resigned as the U.S. Labor Secretary when the specifics behind the deal surfaced during Epstein’s new arrest.

In August, Epstein died in his cell in a New York detention center in an alleged suicide, though many have theorized that he was murdered.

Surviving Jeffrey Epstein will come from Emmy-winner Robert Friedman’s Bungalow Media + Entertainment and will be directed by Anne Sundberg and Ricki Stern. Christopher Mason—a contributor to The New York Times, New York Magazine, Town & Country and Architectural Digest—is also attached to the project. Shura Davidson and Gena McCarthy will executive produce.

We wonder what celebrities, if any, are involved with this documentary. Being that he committed suicide, and his connections, run deep, we hope they are operating with the utmost caution!

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