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"Scandal?" Shonda Rhimes (@shondarhimes) Leaves ABC (@abc) for Netflix (@netflix)!

“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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“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:

shondaland logo

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.”

abc logo

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). 

netflix logo

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

michael j. fanning owner of hey mikey atl

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ICYMI! LOGO (@LogoTV) Releases “Noah’s ARC” on YouTube; Reboot Rumors Swirl!

It is hard to believe it has been almost fifteen years since Noah’s ARC debuted on LOGO and we have to say it is was love at “first watch.” The epic love story between Noah (Darryl Stephens), and his seemingly straight, boyfriend, Wade (Jensen Atwood), opened new avenues for gay storytelling and inspired masses of gay films, projects, and marketing. We dare say Moonlight owes its success, in part, to the doors this series opened. LOGO recently dropped full episodes of the series on YouTube and reboot rumors are swirling!

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It is hard to believe it has been almost fifteen years since Noah’s ARC debuted on LOGO and we have to say it is was love at “first watch.” The epic love story between Noah (Darryl Stephens), and his seemingly straight, boyfriend, Wade (Jensen Atwood), opened new avenues for gay storytelling and inspired masses of gay films, projects, and marketing. We dare say Moonlight owes its success, in part, to the doors this series opened. LOGO recently dropped full episodes of the series on YouTube and reboot rumors are swirling!

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Jensen Atwood and Darryl Stephens as “Noah and Wade”

Both seasons of Noah’s ARC are currently running via LOGO’s YouTube, prompting many to wonder if the network is rebooting the series. The series’ cancellation in 2006 was highly controversial as it was easily the network’s flagship series and its most highly rated one. What is interesting is that LOGO chose to drop the series on YouTube, which has become prime real estate for the web series we know and love. Perhaps this is the new format the series could be picked back up on. However, if we are talking reboots we either want a complete reboot of the series with a new set of guys as Noah, Alex, Ricky, and Chance; or a continuation of the original cast, updating where they are in life nearly fifteen years later.

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What do you guys think of this new Noah’s ARC news? Are you hoping for a reboot of the series as well? Sound off in the comments’ section below!

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[MOVIE TRAILER] Woody & Buzz Lightyear Are BACK! Pixar Drops Official Trailer for “Toy Story 4!” (@toystory)

Our inner child is leaping with joy as Pixar has dropped the first official movie trailer for Toy Story 4! The toys we have grown to love for nearly twenty-five years are BACK for another big adventure with the familiar faces of everyone’s favorite cowboy, Woody (Tom Hanks), and Space action figure, Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen). This time around Woody is playing hero to the newest toy, “Sporky,” created by his new owner Bonnie. Sporky is determined he was meant to be “just a spork” and opts to run away with Woody in tow, not wanting Bonnie’s heart broken. He unwittingly stumbles across a tribe of lost toys led by his old friend, Bo Peep (Annie Potts)! It is mayhem as Buzz and the other toys search for Woody and Sporky, while the latter tries to decide if he would rather remain a lost toy.

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Our inner child is leaping with joy as Pixar has dropped the first official movie trailer for Toy Story 4! The toys we have grown to love for nearly twenty-five years are BACK for another big adventure with the familiar faces of everyone’s favorite cowboy, Woody (Tom Hanks), and Space action figure, Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen). This time around Woody is playing hero to the newest toy, “Sporky,” created by his new owner Bonnie. Sporky is determined he was meant to be “just a spork” and opts to run away with Woody in tow, not wanting Bonnie’s heart broken. He unwittingly stumbles across a tribe of lost toys led by his old friend, Bo Peep (Annie Potts)! It is mayhem as Buzz and the other toys search for Woody and Sporky, while the latter tries to decide if he would rather remain a lost toy.

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We have to say we are extremely happy to see Toy Story 4 on the horizon. We really wish it was a weekly series–wishful thinking, we know. Still, we love the trailer and this may very well be their biggest adventure yet.

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Annie Potts as “Bo Peep”

The film seems to run off the same motif of girl power as so many films have over the last couple of years with the return of Bo Peep SAVING Woody no less. We often wondered what happened to her between the second and third Toy Story films. Fanfare alleged she was either broken by Andy’s (the toys’ former owner) sister or simply given away. The trailer, however, alludes she was lost and seems to be thriving, however.

Toy Story 4 hits theaters nationwide this summer on June 21, 2019!

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[VIDEO] DL Hughley Opens Up About His Father’s Death & More on “UNCENSORED” on TV One.

One of the Original King’s of Comedy, DL Hughley was raised a Jehovah’s Witness in Los Angeles and no stranger to his neighborhood gangs, which provided a sense of structure, family and community. His sister’s teenage pregnancy led him to leave the church, giving him a crash course in resiliency that later helped him while pursuing his comedy career. DL dropped out of high school, joined the LAPD Academy, quit and eventually married his wife of over 30 years to start a family. As the star and producer of his namesake television show that ran on ABC and UPN “The Hughleys,” DL is also well known as one of the standout comedians on the hit comedy docu-film “The Original Kings of Comedy.” He has an unapologetic work ethic and is dedicated to providing for his loved ones. His motivation to leave a legacy led to the transition of his comedy from frivolous jokes to political topics that inspire change.

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One of the Original King’s of Comedy, DL Hughley was raised a Jehovah’s Witness in Los Angeles and no stranger to his neighborhood gangs, which provided a sense of structure, family and community. His sister’s teenage pregnancy led him to leave the church, giving him a crash course in resiliency that later helped him while pursuing his comedy career. DL dropped out of high school, joined the LAPD Academy, quit and eventually married his wife of over 30 years to start a family.

 As the star and producer of his namesake television show that ran on ABC and UPN “The Hughleys,” DL is also well known as one of the standout comedians on the hit comedy docu-film “The Original Kings of Comedy.” He has an unapologetic work ethic and is dedicated to providing for his loved ones. His motivation to leave a legacy led to the transition of his comedy from frivolous jokes to political topics that inspire change.

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The popular show UNCENSORED resumes for its second season and explores the private lives of some of today’s most notable personalities including comedian/radio host DL Hughley, American Idol Fantasia, legendary hip-hop producer Jermaine Dupri, actress Tasha Smith, reality TV star Tami Roman, actress/singer Naturi Naughton, the reigning king of urban gospel Kirk Franklin and singer/songwriter Ne-Yo. The eight episode auto-biographical series delves into the lives of luminaries as they reveal secrets to their success, obstacles they faced and how they’ve navigated the perils of social media that helped but sometimes haunted their careers. Viewers will get a glimpse into the lives of celebrities as they personally reveal their own stories, in their own words.

UNCENSORED is produced for TV One by Eric Tomosunas (Executive Producer), Keith Neal (Executive Producer), Paul Hall (Showrunner) and Jay Allen (Supervising Producer) of Swirl Films. Radio One Atlanta Personality Ryan Cameron directed Tami Roman’s episode. For TV One, Jason Ryan is Executive Producer in Charge of Production, Donyell McCullough is Senior Director of Talent & Casting and Robyn Greene Arrington is Vice President of Original Programming and Production.

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