In life, there have always been a few certainties we’ve held onto. We all know that we’ve got to pay taxes, we’ll die one day, our president is a trash bag, and that Shonda Rhimes rules ABC with an iron fist. This morning, everything we thought we knew was turned upside down in regards to one of those things and, no, it wasn’t about the White House.
Shonda Rhimes is uprooting Shondaland from the fruitful pastures of ABC and moving to Netflix in a massive, tectonic shakeup. The hitmaker responsible for Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Scandal, and How to Get Away With Murder is ending her incredible 15-year run with ABC Studios when her contract ends and moving to Netflix in a new, four-year deal.
In response to the major news, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos released a statement about Rhimes, saying, “Shonda Rhimes is one of the greatest storytellers in the history of television. 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 news is sure to shake up the already aggressive fight between cable networks and streaming services to lock down top-tier talent and will almost definitely lead to a text from your mom asking for your Netflix password to watch the new slate of Shondaland shows.