Shonda Rhimes Is Producing 8 New Shows For Netflix

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A scammer, a Nutcracker, a post-apocalyptic summer camp, and more — here we go.

Posted on July 20, 2018, at 8:18 p.m. ET

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Shonda Rhimes revealed Friday that she’s producing eight new series for Netflix.

“This is Shondaland 2.0,” she said in a statement, referring to her production company. Netflix hired Rhimes away from ABC in a deal reportedly worth more than $150 million.

She told the New York Times she was looking forward to shows that would go beyond the boundaries of her offerings for ABC, such as Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder, and others.

The documentary “Hot Chocolate Nutcracker” will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy’s award-winning reimagining of the classic ballet, The Nutcracker.

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“It would be really amazing to me at some point down the line — not now — if somebody said, ‘There was a Shonda for Shondaland?’” Rhimes told the Times. “It needs to be bigger than me.”

Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos told the Times that “more than half” of Netflix’s 124 million subscribers have watched a Shondaland show, making her a natural partner for the streaming company.

The first batch of shows to come out of that relationship will include a series on the migration of African Americans from the Jim Crow South based on the book The Warmth of Other Suns and a reimagining of The Nutcracker.

  • The Anna Delvey story: A scammer grifts her way through the highest rungs of New York society.
  • An adaptation of Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton romance novels: Netflix described it as “a smart feminist take on Regency England romance” in a press release.

#Scandal vet @ChrisVanDusen will adapt Julia Quinn’s best-selling Bridgerton novels into a series that offers a smart, feminist take on Regency England romance & unveils the wealthy, sexual, painful, funny and sometimes lonely lives in London’s high society marriage mart.

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  • An adaptation of the nonfiction book The Warmth of Other Suns, an award-winning account of the Great Migration.
  • Pico & Sepulveda: A series set in 1840s California, which was Mexico at the time, as war with the US looms.
  • Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change: An adaptation of the book by Ellen Pao about her fight for inclusion in Silicon Valley and against her venture capital employer Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers.
  • An adaptation of The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House, a nonfiction book about the lives of White House staff.
  • Sunshine Scouts: The apocalypse leaves a group of girls at summer camp alive who must band together in a fight for survival.
  • Hot Chocolate Nutcracker: A documentary about a reworking of the classic ballet The Nutcracker with more diverse cast members and dance styles.

A number of longtime collaborators and award-winning writers and directors will join Rhimes in creating the shows, according to Netflix. No release dates for any of the projects were announced Friday.

A “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” Reboot Is In The Works, And People Have FEELINGS

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Joss Whedon will executive produce, and Alias and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. writer Monica Owusu-Breen will be the showrunner.

Posted on July 20, 2018, at 9:16 p.m. ET

A reboot of the beloved and groundbreaking TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer is in the works, with original series creator Joss Whedon executive producing, BuzzFeed News has confirmed.

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The original series ran from 1997 through 2003 on (now defunct networks) the WB and UPN. It starred Sarah Michelle Gellar as the titular heroine who battled vampires and demons by night and the horrors of high school (and later college and adulthood) by day.

Veteran TV writer-producer Monica Owusu-Breen has been set as the showrunner for the reboot, and will write the pilot script. Owusu-Breen co-created NBC’s Midnight, Texas, and has also written on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Fringe, Lost, Alias, and Charmed.

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The show’s setting will be contemporary, richly diverse, and build on the mythology of the original show, BuzzFeed News has learned.

To be clear, this Buffy reboot still has many hurdles to clear before becoming a reality: There’s no script, there’s no network or streaming service attached to distribute it, and there are no actors signed on to star in it.

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But that didn’t stop people from totally freaking out at the news.

Some people were excited at the prospect of a second Buffy series.

They’re making a revamped BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER. My old version of BUFFY will still exist and still be awesome and this new one could also exist and be awesome at the same time! See how I did that, Ghost bros?

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And others were celebrating the reports that the reboot will likely star a black woman in the lead role.

The good news is if they make a black Buffy the Vampire Slayer they won’t kill her after a few episodes.

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A lot of people, however, were not exactly enthusiastic about the news.

God, #Buffy is trending… This goddamn reboot can’t really happen. Please don’t… I think I might cry, I feel like someone is sitting on my chest and cutting into my heart.. Please don’t…

12:26 AM – 21 Jul 2018

Some objected to the possibility of the show abandoning the vast creative universe established by Buffy and its sister show, Angel.

“Hey here’s your favorite thing but you start COMPLETELY OVER and it’s all new characters and basically a completely different show” – why not keep it in the same universe, with a new slayer rather than a new Buffy? I’d love a show where we can get cameos from the Scoobies

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Others were upset by the idea of creating a black version of Buffy instead of a unique character with her own mythology.

A black Buffy isn’t a cool concept it’s insulting and lazy on so many levels. This is such a bad idea.

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Noted feminist Anita Sarkeesian felt that the original Buffy was a one-of-a-kind series, and no show with the same title could possibly equal it.

I’d be here for a show based in the same universe & lore, say for instance around Fray (the comic), but Buffy comes from a very specific moment in media history, especially feminist media history. I’m afraid no matter how talented the folks involved are, it wouldn’t live up to it

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And then there were people who were pissed by the whole idea of remaking a beloved feminist genre show from the 1990s/2000s that used to air on the WB.

I already have to deal with this JOKE of a reboot for Charmed, now you want to mess with Buffy?! Literally my two favorite shows of all time and two of the most influential shows ever……just try to be creative for ONCE and make something new!

11:26 PM – 20 Jul 2018

Basically, this sums up a lot of people’s feelings about the idea of remaking Buffy:

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But until the show gets a script, a network, and a cast, we’ll all have to wait to see what the show actually is. Until then…

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Anthony Anderson Is Being Investigated By Los Angeles Police But He Denies Any Wrongdoing

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Representatives for the Black-ish star said he “unequivocally disputes the claim.”

Posted on July 20, 2018, at 10:26 p.m. ET

Anthony Anderson, one of the stars of the ABC sitcom Black-ish, is denying any wrongdoing after police confirmed he is the subject of a criminal investigation.

“He was listed in a crime report as a suspect and the investigation is ongoing,” a Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson told BuzzFeed News.

The spokesperson said they could not provide further details about the alleged incident, nor when the crime report was taken, due to the ongoing investigation.

A spokesperson for Anderson told BuzzFeed News, “It’s unfortunate that anyone can file a police report whether it is true or false.”

“The authorities have not contacted Anthony or any of his representatives about this matter,” the spokesperson added. “Anthony unequivocally disputes the claim.”

Earlier on Friday, The Blast reported that an unnamed woman had alleged to police the actor had assaulted her.

A spokesperson for ABC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates or follow BuzzFeed News on Twitter.

Here's Why Jamie Lee Curtis Came Back To Make Another “Halloween”

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“There comes a point where you say, I am not my trauma — the narrative of my life is that I am not a victim,” Curtis told fans at San Diego Comic-Con.

Posted on July 20, 2018, at 8:30 p.m. ET

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Jamie Lee Curtis, star of the upcoming Halloween movie, said she chose to return to the iconic horror franchise because she was inspired amid the #MeToo movement by the idea of a woman taking back “the narrative” of her life.

Speaking to the crowd at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday, Curtis reflected upon how her character, Laurie Strode, had been long tormented by a “random act of violence” when she was just 17. (The new film takes place 40 years after the original Halloween film and ignores the sequels completely.)

“This is a girl who, 40 years later, never had any mental health services. … She was raised in the Midwest. I’m sure they sent her back to school two days later,” Curtis said. “And yet she has carried the trauma and PTSD of someone who was attacked randomly.”

The actor said that returning to the role appealed to her because “there comes a point where you say, I am not my trauma — the narrative of my life is that I am not a victim.”

“And that, weirdly enough, seems to be a bit of a thing in the world,” Curtis said, highlighting a moment from Sunday’s ESPY awards, where more than 100 women abused by disgraced USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar took the stage to accept the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.

“When all of those women stood on stage, while that MF … rots in prison, those women stood there and said, ‘You do not control our narrative anymore.’”

Curtis on where we meet her character in the new Halloween film, which ignores the other movies in the franchise save for the original. #SDCC

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As for the Laurie Strode fans will see in this new movie, Curtis said her character has been profoundly changed by her PTSD.

“Trauma is real, and the effects of PTSD and trauma on human beings is profound,” she said. “And I think she did the thing that most people do: They drink too much, they bang into people, they try to do relationships.

“She lives in complete isolation, basically, waiting for him [Michael Myers] to come back because she knows he’s going to.”

The First Trailer For M. Night Shyamalan’s “Glass” Has Debuted At Comic-Con

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James McAvoy, Samuel L. Jackson, and Bruce Willis are all starring in the third installment of the Unbreakable trilogy.

Posted on July 20, 2018, at 8:04 p.m. ET

The first trailer for Glass, the third film in M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable series, debuted at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday.

The film, a sequel to 2016’s Split and 2000’s Unbreakable, sees James McAvoy return as Kevin Wendell Crumb, a man with 24 split personalities, including the animal-like The Beast, who abducts and devours women.

Also receiving top billing is Bruce Willis as David Dunn, the security guard from the 2000 film who survived a deadly train crash to discover he has superhuman strength.

And, of course, Samuel L. Jackson is back as Elijah Price, aka the super smart, yet super fragile, Mr. Glass.

Jackson told fans at a Comic-Con panel he was proud to sign on to the film because of the complexity of the character.

Sarah Paulson from American Horror Story also makes her debut in the series as a doctor treating people with delusions of being superheroes.

When it was released in 2016, Split wasn’t marketed as a sequel to Unbreakable, but (spolier!) Willis’s surprise appearance at the end of the film confirmed they take place in the same universe.