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ShondaLand
Private
Industry Television
Founded 2005 (Los Angeles, California)
Founder Shonda Rhimes
Headquarters Los Angeles, California
Key people
Shonda Rhimes (Chairwoman/CEO)
Betsy Beers
Products Grey's Anatomy
(2005–present)
Private Practice
(2007–2013)
Off the Map
(2011)
Scandal
(2012–present)
How To Get Away With Murder
(2014–present)
The Catch
(2016–present)
Still Star-Crossed
(Coming 2017)
Owner Shonda Rhimes

ShondaLand is an American television production company founded by television writer/producer Shonda Rhimes.[1] She founded it to be one of the production companies of her first series Grey's Anatomy in 2005. It has since gone on to produce Rhimes's other creations, Grey's spinoff Private Practice and the widely popular political drama Scandal, and her other productions—the short-lived Off the Map, the Viola Davis-starring legal thriller How to Get Away with Murder, and the crime thriller The Catch—all of which are co-produced with ABC Studios and air on ABC.

Thank God It's Thursday[edit]

In 2014, ABC programmed its entire Thursday primetime lineup with ShondaLand dramas Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder, and The Catch, then branded the night as "Thank God It's Thursday" (or "TGIT").[2] This echoes ABC's former TGIF branding of its Friday night family sitcoms and NBC's Must See TV promotion of formidable Thursday night television hits in the 1990s. Thursday is an especially important night for American television networks because it is the last chance for advertisers of weekend purchases, like movies and cars, to reach a large TV audience, and networks schedule highly rated programming for the night to attract those advertising dollars.[3] The Associated Press called Rhimes' reign of an entire night of network television "unmatched in TV history".[4] Social media accounts for each of the shows highlight "TGIT" with various promotional material, occasionally referencing one another — such as when the How to Get Away with Murder Facebook page posted a selfie by Jack Falahee, who plays a character in How to Get Away with Murder, taken in the Oval Office on the set of Scandal. Various actors from the shows also sometimes post pictures of themselves together.

Actors within ShondaLand[edit]

Some actors appear on more than one ShondaLand show. Characters can be recurring in one series while a main character in another. Currently, Liza Weil, Mimi Kennedy, John Getz, José Zuñig, and Cynthia Stevenson are the only actors to make appearances in four out of the six shows.

Actor Grey's Anatomy Private Practice Off the Map Scandal How to Get Away with Murder The Catch Still Star-Crossed
Mark Adair-Rios David Morris Armando Cruz Dr. Erik Turner
Paul Adelstein Cooper Freedman Leo Bergen
Kevin Alejandro Officer Dan Pruitt Nathan Ashmore
David Andrews George Reed Tony Ellis
Juan Antonio Hot guy Levi
Michael Arden Neal Hannigan Pher
Wes Armstrong Chris Armstrong Bill
Steven W. Bailey Joe/Jeremy Joe Noah Elliot
Alexandra Billings Donna Gibson Jill Hartford
Nazanin Boniadi Amrita Adnan Salif
Jayne Brook Gwen Graber Dr. Meg Porter Lynn
Alan Brooks Chairman Mike Snedeker Grant Hapstall
Dan Bucatinsky Jeffrey James Novak
David Burke Don Mr. Spencer Mr. Thomas
John Burke Paul Mosley ADA Vince Travers
Jere Burns Ben Bosco Richie Salerno
Kate Burton Ellis Grey Sally Langston
Catherine Carlen Governor Kelly Rauch Judge Emily Hargrove
Justin Chambers Alex Karev
Jennifer Christopher Civilian Gemma Walsh
Shannon Cochran Mary Singleton Marian Cooper Susan Sawyer
Josh Crotty Secret Service agent Evan Connors
Valerie Cruz Zona Cruz Dr. Zita Alvarez Carolina Flores
Steven Culp Dr. Darren Parker Victor Lesher
Eric Dane Dr. Mark Sloan
David Denman Rick Jacobs Kevin Murphy
Taye Diggs Dr. Sam Bennett
Julie Dretzin Carmen Hall FBI Agent
Sarah Drew April Kepner Judy
Patrick Dempsey Derek Shepherd
Kiran Deol Young woman Dr. Lira
Jeff Doucette Warren Sterman Warden Judge George Danvers
Matthew Downs Frank Agent Anthony Fain
Stacy Edwards Kathleen Wheeler Maria Wilson Gretchen Thomas
Tony Elias Collin Jimmy Wordshaw
Scott Foley Henry Burton Jake Ballard
Amanda Foreman Nora Katie Kent Susan Bailey
Jason George Dr. Ben Warren Dr. Otis Cole
John Getz Michael Breyers Mr. Kent Patrick Keating David Dolan
Zach Gilford Charlie Lowell Dr. Tommy Fuller
Erica Gimpel Bethany Anderson Renée Etheridge
Mary Pat Gleason Marge Walker Betsy Ray Robin Laforge
Misha Gonz-Cirkl Social worker Detective Lana Ramos
Nicholas Gonzalez Clark West Mateo
April Grace Greta's Sister Fran Judge Renee Garret
Jake Green Pete Gibson Seth Hamilton
Tim Griffin Ronny O'Malley AUSA Caleb Abernathy
Caitlainne Rose Gurreri Lori Marie Sherwood
Barbara Eve Harris Melinda Stinson Judge Fiona Pruitt
Roxanne Hart Dana Seabury Ellen Miller Sylvia Mahoney
Pat Healy Tom Russell Dennis
Martin Henderson Dr. Nathan Riggs Dr. Ben Keeton
Jerrika Hinton Stephanie Edwards Hannah
Judith Hoag Rhada Douglas Angie McConnell Margie Packard
Leslie Hope Linda Bridget Clemmons
Eamon Hunt Judge Judge Colton Lee
Jackson Hurst Thomas Archibald Congressman Jacob Shaw Mario Visconti
Jay Jackson Mike Waters/News anchor BNC News anchor
Danielle Kennedy Angry woman Nurse
Mimi Kennedy Verna Bradley Eleanor Bergin Sharon Marquette Virginia Foster
David L. King Dr. Belridge William Etheridge
Nicola Lambo Sienna Rogers Saleswoman
Damien Leake Judge Leo Theroux Dr. Healy
Chyler Leigh Dr. Lexie Grey
Katie Lowes Blood donor Kendra Walker/Kira Quinn Perkins
Justina Machado Anna Nyles Stephanie Kemp Teresa
Roma Maffia Roberta Thompson Matilda
Joshua Malina Seth Hammer Jason Windsor David Rosen
Cheech Marin Otis Sharon Papa Ucuma
Nelson Mashita Proctor Judge Gene Escobar
Susan May Pratt Barbara Becky
Kelly McCreary Maggie Pierce Clare Tucker
Michael McGrady Stanley Singer AUSA Hobbs
Thomas G. McMahon Government goon Lloyd
Joan McMurtrey Zoey Glass Jennifer Debray Helena Hapstall
Abby Miller Kate Shaw Simone Parker Gwen Ericsson
Debra Mooney Evelyn Hunt Sylvie Verna Thornton
Judith Moreland Mrs. Baer Judge Virginia Wilder
George Newbern Stan Mercer Brian Reynolds Charlie
Paula Newsome Mrs. Sturgeon Joyce Robinson
Dean Norris Vince Morris Cooper
Amy Okuda Chelsea Ansell Catherine Hapstall
Enuka Okuma Teresa Brotherton Nia Lahey
April Parker Jones Doctor Detective Claire Bryce
Jeff Perry Thatcher Grey Cyrus Beene
Rick Peters Sean Greene Detective
Nicole Pettis Court crier Robin
James Pickens Jr. Richard Webber Richard Webber
Amy Pietz Isabelle Sharon Remini
Ellen Pompeo Meredith Grey
Adina Porter Dr. Ramsey Stacy Hatcher FBI Agent Emily Clark
Sally Pressman Young Dr. Ellis Grey Candace Marcus Stephanie Duncan
Dalila Ali Rajah Leanne Judy
Jill Remez April's examiner Lucinda Blair
Ron Roggé Fire captain Detective Paul Reed
Cristine Rose Mrs. Freedman Judge Wenona Sansbury
Jeffrey D. Sams Andre Barrett District Attorney
Caterina Scorsone Amelia Shepherd
Kelsey Scott Karen Rose
Samantha Sloyan Penelope "Penny" Blake ER Nurse Jeannine Locke
Patrick St. Esprit Peter Foster Phillip Thompson
Lauren Stamile Nurse Rose Carla Steele
Darby Stanchfield Tess Milford Abby Whelan
Cynthia Stevenson Ruthie Carlin Karen Charlene Mary Nesbitt
Faran Tahir Isaac Charles Detective Terrence Amos
Tessa Thompson Camille Travis Zoe Salter Sydney
Tamlyn Tomita Katie's lawyer Judge Carol Morrow
Jamie Tompkins Female corporate executive Tammi Ingram
Mageina Tovah Rebecca Hobart Molly Ackerman Jolene Samuels
Jim Turner Dr. Schacter George Gabler
Nia Vardalos Karen Leah Wells
Tracy Vilar Becca McMurdo Prosecutor Barker
Sonya Walger Katherine Winslow Margot Bishop
Kate Walsh Addison Montgomery
Nick Warnock SWAT Guy #2 Attorney Trent Stockton
Derek Webster Paul Anderson Dr. Richard Watkins
Liza Weil Alison Clark Andi Amanda Tanner Bonnie Winterbottom
Michael Welch Officer Newton Teddy Seavers
Wayne Wilderson Bill Adams Neil Denhom Eastham
Chandra Wilson Miranda Bailey
Tom Verica Michael Norris Co-executive producer Sam Keating
Bellamy Young Kathy Melody "Mellie" Grant
José Zuñiga Anthony Meloy Julio General Benicio Flores Laurel's Dad

Television series[edit]

Series Season Episodes Originally aired Showrunner(s) Status
First aired Last aired
Grey's Anatomy 1 9 March 27, 2005 (2005-03-27) May 22, 2005 (2005-05-22) Shonda Rhimes Released
2 27 September 25, 2005 (2005-09-25) May 15, 2006 (2006-05-15)
3 25 September 21, 2006 (2006-09-21) May 17, 2007 (2007-05-17)
4 17 September 27, 2007 (2007-09-27) May 22, 2008 (2008-05-22)
5 24 September 25, 2008 (2008-09-25) May 14, 2009 (2009-05-14)
6 24 September 24, 2009 (2009-09-24) May 20, 2010 (2010-05-20)
7 22 September 23, 2010 (2010-09-23) May 19, 2011 (2011-05-19)
8 24 September 22, 2011 (2011-09-22) May 17, 2012 (2012-05-17) Tony Phelan & Joan Ratner[5]
9 24 September 27, 2012 (2012-09-27) May 16, 2013 (2013-05-16)
10 24 September 26, 2013 (2013-09-26) May 15, 2014 (2014-05-15)
11 25 September 25, 2014 (2014-09-25) May 14, 2015 (2015-05-14) Bill Harper & Stacy McKee[6]
12 24 September 24, 2015 (2015-09-24) May 19, 2016 (2016-05-19)
13 24 September 22, 2016 (2016-09-22) TBA Airing
14 TBA TBA TBA TBA In Development[7]
Private Practice 1 9 September 26, 2007 (2007-09-26) December 7, 2007 (2007-12-07) Shonda Rhimes Released
2 22 October 1, 2008 (2008-10-01) April 30, 2009 (2009-04-30)
3 23 October 1, 2009 (2009-10-01) May 13, 2010 (2010-05-13)
4 22 September 23, 2010 (2010-09-23) May 19, 2011 (2011-05-19) Craig Turk & Steve Blackman
5 22 September 29, 2011 (2011-09-29) May 15, 2012 (2012-05-15)
6 13 September 25, 2012 (2012-09-25) January 22, 2013 (2013-01-22)
Off the Map 1 13 January 12, 2011 (2011-01-12) April 6, 2011 (2011-04-06) Jenna Bans Released
Scandal 1 7 April 5, 2012 (2012-04-05) May 17, 2012 (2012-05-17) Shonda Rhimes Released
2 22 September 27, 2012 (2012-09-27) May 16, 2013 (2013-05-16)
3 18 October 3, 2013 (2013-10-03) April 17, 2014 (2014-04-17)
4 22 September 25, 2014 (2014-09-25) May 14, 2015 (2015-05-14)
5 21 September 24, 2015 (2015-09-24) May 12, 2016 (2016-05-12)
6 16[8] January 26, 2017 (2017-01-26) TBA Airing [9]
7 TBA TBA TBA TBA In Development[7]
How to Get Away with Murder 1 15 September 25, 2014 (2014-09-25) February 26, 2015 (2015-02-26) Peter Nowalk Released
2 15 September 24, 2015 (2015-09-24) March 17, 2016 (2016-03-17)
3 15 September 22, 2016 (2016-09-22) February 23, 2017 (2017-02-23) Airing
4 TBA TBA TBA TBA In Development[7]
The Catch 1 10 March 24, 2016 (2016-03-24) May 19, 2016 (2016-05-19) Allan Heinberg Released
2 10 March 9, 2017 (2017-03-09) TBA Airing [10]
Still Star-Crossed 1 TBA TBA TBA Heather Mitchell In Development [10]

Grey's Anatomy (2005–present)[edit]

The series follows Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), the daughter of an esteemed general surgeon named Ellis Grey, following her acceptance onto the residency program at the fictional Seattle Grace Hospital. During her tenure as a resident, Grey works alongside fellow doctors Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh), Alex Karev (Justin Chambers), Izzie Stevens (Katherine Heigl), and George O'Malley (T. R. Knight), who each struggle to balance their personal lives with the hectic work and training schedules assigned to them. They are overseen during their internship by Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson), a senior resident who works beneath Grey's love-interest Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey), the head of neurosurgery; Yang's fiance Preston Burke (Isaiah Washington), the head of cardiothoracic surgery; and Ellis Grey's ex-lover Richard Webber (James Pickens, Jr.), the Chief of Surgery. The residents are later joined by Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams) and April Kepner (Sarah Drew), former Mercy-West residents who join Seattle Grace following an administrative merger in the sixth season. (Throughout the first six seasons O'Malley, Burke, and Stevens all depart from the series, which has become very controversial in the media over its life-span.[citation needed]) In addition to Shepherd, Webber, and Burke, the surgical wing is primarily supervised by Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd), as head of trauma; Arizona Robbins (Jessica Capshaw), as head of pediatric surgery; Callie Torres (Sara Ramirez), a resident who later becomes head of orthopedics; Erica Hahn (Brooke Smith), as head of cardiothoracic surgery; Mark Sloan (Eric Dane), as head of plastic surgery; Addison Montgomery (Kate Walsh), as head of OB/GYN, neonatal, and fetal surgery; Teddy Altman (Kim Raver), as head of cardiothoracic surgery; and Amelia Shepherd (Caterina Scorsone), Derek's sister who is hired to replace him as head of neurosurgery. Derek is killed in the series' 11th season.

Later additions to the residency program include Lexie Grey (Chyler Leigh), Meredith's half-sister. Lexie is killed alongside Mark Sloan in the season 8 finale; Stephanie Edwards (Jerrika Hinton); Leah Murphy (Tessa Ferrer); Shane Ross (Gaius Charles), who departs alongside Yang in the 10th season finale; Jo Wilson (Camilla Luddington), a doctor who begins a romantic relationship with Karev; Andrew Deluca (Giacomo Gianniotti), the love interest of Meredith's half sister Maggie Pierce (Kelly McCreary), who also serves as head of cardiothoracic surgery; and Benjamin Warren (Jason George), an anesthesiologist who has to balance his wife Miranda Bailey's new role as Chief of Surgery with his own desire to succeed. Season 12 sees the arrival of Nathan Riggs (Martin Henderson), while Meredith is appointed head of general surgery - a post previously held by her mother.

Private Practice (2007–13)[edit]

This American medical drama television series aired on ABC from September 26, 2007 to January 22, 2013. A spin-off of Grey's Anatomy, the series takes place at Seaside Wellness Center (formerly Oceanside Health & Wellness Group) and chronicles the life of Dr. Addison Montgomery, played by Kate Walsh, as she leaves Seattle Grace Hospital in order to join a private practice located in Los Angeles. Private Practice also revolves around Addison's co-workers at Seaside Wellness Center, and how they deal with patients and the practice while still finding time to live their everyday lives. The first season deals with Addison's move from Seattle to Los Angeles and her attempts to adjust to a very different type of working environment at Oceanside Wellness Group, a co-op private practice. The first season also deals with her budding relationships with her new co-workers, among them her best friend Naomi Bennett, a fertility specialist, and Naomi's ex-husband Sam Bennett, who specializes in internal medicine. Also working in the practice are psychiatrist Violet Turner, pediatrician Cooper Freedman, alternative medicine specialist Pete Wilder, and receptionist Dell Parker. It is revealed early on that the Bennetts established the practice with the rest of the doctors owning a share of it, as well. Charlotte King, who serves as chief of staff at St. Ambrose Hospital, works with Oceanside Wellness through her dealings with Sam and her sexual relationship with Cooper.

Off the Map (2011)[edit]

The series is set in a remote South American village, where six doctors search for the reasons that brought each of them to medicine. Lily Brenner, Tommy Fuller, and Mina Minard are all running away from their lives when they find themselves practicing medicine in paradise. Paradise simply happens to be the most challenging place to practice medicine in the world. Ben Keeton, the youngest ever Chief of Surgery at UCLA and founder of the clinic, acts as their guide and mentor in a world of dangers alongside his trusted colleagues: Otis Cole, Zita Alareina Toledo Alvarez ("Zee" for short), and the mysterious Ryan Clark. They also meet Charlie, a 14-year-old boy who works at the clinic as a translator among other things, who has an instant connection with Tommy. Lily challenges herself to save a man from death on a zip line. Tommy's willingness to concede finds him at odds with Cole and almost costs him his place at the clinic. Mina almost loses a patient because she fails to recognize the simplest diagnosis. It's a rough beginning, but they've made it through.

Scandal (2012–present)[edit]

Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) is a former White House Communications Director for the President of the United States, who has left to run her own crisis management firm, Olivia Pope & Associates, dedicating her life to protecting the public images of the nation's elite, but struggles with leaving her past relationship with the President, Fitzgerald Grant III (Tony Goldwyn) behind. This leads to a complicated relationship with the First Lady, Mellie Grant (Bellamy Young). Further complications ensue when former Navy Seal and coworker to the president, Jake Ballard (Scott Foley), begins a relationship with Olivia. Olivia and her team of "gladiators", including former CIA operative Huck Finn (Guillermo Diaz), professional hacker Quinn Perkins (Katie Lowes), identity politics expert Marcus Walker (Cornelius Smith Jr.), Press Liaison to the White House, Abby Whelan (Darby Stanchfield), Attorney General of the United States, David Rosen (Josh Malina), and White House Chief of Staff, Cyrus Beene (Jeff Perry), all work to ensure President Grant remains in power, and give the Grant Administration an admirable legacy against the attacks of a vindictive and ambitious Mellie Grant and the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, Elizabeth North (Portia de Rossi). Former OPA workers include former Wall Street banker Harrison Wright (Columbus Short) and Russian oligarchy operative Steven Finch (Henry Ian Cusick).

How to Get Away with Murder (2014–present)[edit]

Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) is a prominent criminal defense attorney and a law professor at Middleton University in Philadelphia. She selects five students to intern at her firm: Wes Gibbins (Alfred Enoch), Connor Walsh (Jack Falahee), Michaela Pratt (Aja Naomi King), Asher Millstone (Matt McGorry), and Laurel Castillo (Karla Souza). They work with Annalise's employees, Frank Delfino (Charlie Weber) and Bonnie Winterbottom (Liza Weil), an associate lawyer. As Season 1 introduces occasional clients for Keating, it explores two related murders through both flashback and flashforward sequences: Lila Stangard, mistress of Annalise's husband Sam Keating and a student at Middleton; and then Sam Keating at the hands of Annalise's interns.

The first nine episodes alternate between the present-day timeline in medias res, depicting Wes, Connor, Michaela, and Laurel covering up Sam's murder by disposing of his body, and flashbacks detailing the course of events leading up to Sam's death: Annalise becomes involved in the Lila Stangard investigation at Wes' urging, leading her to discover Sam's affair and creating suspicion that he killed Lila. The final six episodes explore Annalise's attempt to help her interns cover up Sam's murder and legally implicate Sam in Lila's death, and flashbacks to Lila's final moments before her murder.

The Catch (2016–present)[edit]

This American crime drama television series starring Mireille Enos and Peter Krause follows Alice Vaughan (Enos), a private investigator from Los Angeles, who is the victim of fraud by her fiancé. She is determined to find him—between working on other cases—before it ruins her career.[11] Peter Krause plays her fiancé, Benjamin Jones, while Sonya Walger, Rose Rollins, Elvy Yost, Jay Hayden, Jacky Ido, and Alimi Ballard also co-star.

Still Star-Crossed (Coming in 2017)[edit]

Still Star-Crossed is an upcoming American period drama television series created by Shonda Rhimes and based on the eponymous book by Melinda Taub.[citation needed] The series, produced by ShondaLand and ABC Studios, is set to premiere on ABC in 2017.[citation needed]

I’m Judging You (TBA)[edit]

I’m Judging You is an upcoming American comedy television series created by Shonda Rhimes and based on the eponymous book by Luvvie Ajayi. The series, produced by ShondaLand and ABC Studios, is set to premiere on ABC, though its release date has not yet been announced.[12]

References[edit]

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