The Shonda Rhimes transition to Netflix is complete. The veteran writer has now announced eight new shows – including an apocalyptic horror having female campers that will come to Netflix in phases. The various series is a mix of dark comedy, drama and horror and at least two of them are based on novels. All of this is covered under the 300 million dollars deal that Shonda signed up with Netflix – terming it all as Shondaland 2.0.
One of the series is based on Julia Quinn’s historical romance, Bridgerton novels. Another of them is based on The Warmth of Other Suns that tracks the migration of African Americans from the South to North and West, running from the Jim Crow laws.
Another series will talk about the case that was the turning point for the Time’s Up Movement, a movement against the rampant sexual harassment in Hollywood and the #MeToo movement. There’s also non-fiction coming in. A series based on Kate Andersen Browner’s book, The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House is in the works.
Several other series, like Pico & Sepulveda, that is set in the 1840s tracks the time that the American forces try to take the Mexican state of California. Another documentary on Debbie Allen’s dance academy is in the works, along with a dark comedy created by Jill Alexander.
With eight new web series that are non-supernatural and non-superhero – well, except one – it seems that Netflix is trying to look at other genres on a very serious note, and Shondaland 2.0 is just what the doctor ordered for both the acclaimed writer and Netflix.