Shonda Rhimes’ shows suck — here’s how to save them

24 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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But the night’s three season premieres — “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “How to Get Away With Murder,” all created and/or executive produced by Shonda Rhimes — will finally decide whether I continue to stick with these shows that have been staples of my TV diet for years. When we last saw Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), she had ditched her dark and twisty persona to end Season 11 smiling and dancing with her Grey Sloan Memorial family — despite her husband, Derek “McDreamy” Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey), dying three episodes prior. “Grey’s Anatomy” — which once consisted of tequila-fueled hookups, risky surgeries and main characters dying at every turn — has devolved into former commitment-phobes moving in together and doctors searching for reliable babysitters. Once again, it kicks off with Grey’s Anatomy, which comes back with an all-new, non-medical dilemma: What to do with Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) now that she’s a widow?

The untitled project — which is not a spin-off — is helmed by writer and executive producer Zoanne Clack, who’s served as both a producer and writer on Grey’s, and focuses on a U.S. Before tuning in to see life without Derek, the coupling of Fitz and Liz and the newly crowned Emmy winner Viola Davis, catch up on where the shows left off: If that wasn’t enough, the show then jumped ahead one year, showing that with death comes new life — Meredith had gotten pregnant before Derek died and a new baby was introduced. Rhimes needs to bring back the fun and excitement that came with watching surgeons rule in the operating room, even if their personal lives were a mess. The series revolves around team members who “get on each other’s nerves, sleep with the wrong people, navigate ‘office’ politics and party like there’s no tomorrow.” Clack is writing the script for ABC Studios and Shondaland. As any Grey’s fan knows, medicine isn’t a new topic for Rhimes — and neither is the army, necessarily: Kevin McKidd joined the show in 2008 as Owen Hunt, a U.S.

Meanwhile, “Scandal” faces a similar risk of becoming predictable now that Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) and President Fitzgerald Grant (Tony Goldwyn) are officially an item. The show hasn’t even started its new season yet and it’s already given us one of the year’s brightest TV moments: Viola Davis making history with her Emmy win, and capping that achievement with one of the best acceptance speeches to ever grace an awards show. Since then, his connection to the army has played a large part in his character’s development, and he even brought April Kepner (Sarah Drew) overseas with him in the most recent season. Fitz fired his Chief of Staff, Cyrus Beene and kicked his wife, Mellie, out of the White House, after learning they had associated with his son’s killer, Eli Pope — the head of secret spy organization B6-13, Olivia’s father and pure evil incarnate, when not counting Cyrus.

Just as the season-long murder mystery was solved, Annalise’s Scooby-gang of crime solvers were left with another dead body and an unknown killer, on the season’s first finale. And though there are 10 actors billed as the main cast, the only character I find myself sympathizing with is the supporting character Oliver Hampton (Conrad Ricamora), who tested positive for HIV in the Season 1 finale. But if there’s anything I’ve learned from Rhimes’ shows over the years, it’s to expect the unexpected — so I’m not counting out any of these shows until I’ve given them one last chance.

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