If things keep progressing, the American Broadcasting Company may soon rebrand itself the Shonda Rhimes Company: ABC just announced that it's signed the "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal" creator on for a four-year contract extension, and will program its Thursday night schedule exclusively with content developed by Rhimes.
Beginning this fall, ABC will run "Grey's Anatomy," "Scandal," and Rhimes's new show, "How to Get Away With Murder," from 8-10 p.m., taking up the entire three-hour Thursday primetime programming block. It's a big vote of confidence in Rhimes, who's been responsible for some of the network's most dependable hits since "Grey's" premiered during the midseason in 2005.
Another vote of confidence in the producer: She's just inked a reported eight-figure deal to remain at the network for four more years, a commitment that will run through May 2018.
"Grey's" will return for its 11th season this fall, while "Scandal" has been renewed for a fourth. Rhimes also created the "Grey's" spinoff "Private Practice," which ran for six seasons. Her new series, "How to Get Away With Murder," stars Viola Davis as a seductive law professor who becomes entangled with four of her students.
Both "Grey's" and "Scandal" are planned to split their seasons, like they did this year, while "Murder" will most likely run in one 15- or 16-episode burst. No premiere dates have been set yet.
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