Latest Shonda Rhimes Pilot Ordered By ABC
Shonda Rhimes cannot be stopped.
ABC has ordered its first pilot this development season, and fittingly, the prolific Grey's Anatomy writer-producer got the nod for her untitled project based on Judy Smith.
The professional "fixer" (PR guru/crisis manager) inspired the latest effort from Rhimes, who also created Private Practice and Off the Map, which premieres January 12.
ABC may soon rename itself the Shonda Broadcasting Company.
It was a quick turnaround for the newest project from ABC Studios and Rhimes' studio-based Shondaland banner. ABC brass read the script and ordered a pilot in 24 hours.
The early order also comes weeks before the typical start of the networks' pilot pickup season. Judy Smith herself will serve as a co-executive producer and consultant.
She served as a White House press aide under President George H. W. Bush, and counseled Monica Lewinsky, Michael Vick and other embattled stars in a PR capacity.
Sound like a show you'd watch?