Just when you thought that Shonda Rhimes had slowed down cranking out the TV magic, it turns out that she’s back at it again!
According to Deadline, Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beer’s Shondaland have just acquired rights to Luvvie’s Ajayi’s New York Time’s Best Selling book I’m Judging You: The Do Better Manual. It is reported that it is being adapted into a television series.
Luvvie’s debut book, released September 2016, is a compilation of funny essays that gives us advice on how to do better and how to deal with those people in our lives to whom we are constantly shaking our heads. Her website describes the book as, “the handbook the world needs, doling out the hard truths and a road map for bringing some ‘act right’ into our lives, social media and popular culture”.
Luvvie first caught Shonda’s attention a few years back with her sharp and humorous recaps of Scandal every week on her highly popular blog, AwesomelyLuvvie. According to Luvvie’s blog, she and Ms. Rhimes met almost two years ago. But while both attending the United State of Women Conference this past June–hosted by the White House–Luvvie asked Shonda to read her book...and the rest is history!
Rhimes already has a whopping FIVE drama series’ with ABC, three of her most popular donning their own night on Thursdays, coined as TGIT. Longtime running show Grey’s Anatomy is in its 13th season, Scandal in its 6th and the newly How To Get Away With Murder in it’s 3rd season. All three shows have just been renewed for another season, according to Variety. Now that the drama genre has been perfected, she’s looking to expand into comedy.
Luvvie and Shonda both took to Twitter to share the news with the world; Luvvie stating that she’s been holding onto the news and it is a “ Dream. Come. True.” Ms. Rhimes just confirmed everything by retweeting the tweet and adding a simple “Mmhmm”. Clearly she’s one to let the work speak for itself.
If anyone can create a small screen sensation, it’s been proven that Shondaland most certainly can.