Every Shondaland (Shonda Rhimes) Project Coming Soon to Netflix

by @kasey__moore
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Shonda Rhimes has signed two history-making deals with Netflix to produce series, movies, interactive experiences, and documentaries for the service spanning all types of genres and subjects. Here’s a look at everything Shonda Rhimes and her production company Shondaland that’s coming soon to Netflix. 

Known for the likes of Grey’s Anatomy and How To Get Away With Murder, the prolific creator has mostly been planted at ABC for the past decade or so but moved over to Netflix back in 2018 (the same year Netflix struck a deal with Ryan Murphy too) for a reported $150 million. That deal was renewed and expanded in July 2021.

Rhimes is among the dozens of creators Netflix works with under an overall deal and first-look deal.

Some of Shonda Rhimes’s projects were announced back in July 2018 and with the first project not then being released until November 2020.

Here are all the Shondaland projects that have arrived on Netflix exclusively as part of the output deal so far:

  • Dance Dreams: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker – November 27th, 2020
  • Bridgerton Season 1  – December 25th, 2020
  • Inventing Anna – February 11th, 2022
  • Bridgerton Season 2 – March 25th, 2022

Many regions of Netflix have access to other titles in Rhime’s back catalog. You can find the Shondaland collection with the app or by typing in Shonda in the Netflix search bar. Most regions currently have access to How to Get Away with Murder and Netflix in the US still gets regular seasons of Grey’s Anatomy.

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Note: listed in predicted release date order. Will be adjusted to list by release date as and when appropriate.


Bridgerton (Seasons 3-4)

Picture: Somerset Live

The first scripted series to come to Netflix from Shonda Rhimes was a smash hit and currently carries the accolade of the most-watched Netflix series with 82 million people checking out season 1 (of announced Netflix statistics anyway).

Among the impressive cast for the series included Julie Andrews who will be playing Lady Whistledown, Adjoa Andoh, Jonathan Bailey, Sabrina Bartlett, Nicola Coughlan, Ruth Gemmell, and Claudia Jessie.

It was no surprise a second season would be on the way. What wasn’t expected, however (and relatively unheard of for Netflix) is the fact that it got renewed through to season 4.

Jess Brownell will notably be taking over showrunning duties from Chris Van Dusen going into the third and fourth season.


Untitled Queen Charlotte Bridgerton Spinoff

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With Bridgerton seemingly being the smash hit that it was, a spin-off was always going to be on the cards and that was what was announced in May 2021 with Queen Charlotte set to get her own expanded series.

The series is set to tell the rise of the Queen who featured heavily in season 1 rewinding the clock back to her youth.

Shonda Rhimes will serve as executive producer and writer on this spinoff with Betsy Beers and Tom Verica also producing.

Filming began in early 2022 and is scheduled to wrap up before the summer.


The Residence

With the removal of Scandal from Netflix, The Residence will likely plug that gap when it eventually gets released.

The political series is based on the book by Kate Anderson Brower. The series will tell the story of the people that help keep the White House running behind the scenes. The book spanned multiple administrations from the Kennedys up to the Obamas.

The title was first announced in 2018 and the series got an official to series order in early 2022.

Paul William Davies will be writing and showrunning the new series. He’s been a long-time collaborator with Shonda Rhimes.


Sunshine Scouts

The first comedy title set to release from Shondaland is set to be a TV series called Sunshine Scouts helmed by Jill. E. Alexander.

Here’s the official description from Netflix:

An apocalyptic disaster spares a rag-tag group of teenage girls at sleepaway camp who must then summon their moxie and survival skills to weather the fallout and ensure all that remains of humanity abides by the Sunshine Scout Law.

Jill E. Alexander who is known for her acting on HBO’s Silicon Valley is on board to write and is also the creator of the series.

The title was announced in 2018 with no updates since.


The Warmth of Other Suns

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This TV drama series will be adapting a book from Isabel Wilkerson where it follows the stories of migrations of African Americans fleeing the South for better lives.

Anna Deavere Smith will be handling the adaptation.

The title was announced in 2018 with no updates since.


Pico & Sepulveda

TV drama that will cover the war that took place during the 1840s in the then Mexican state of California.

Janet Leahy is on board to write who is most known for her work on AMC’s Mad Men.

The show shares its name with the 1947 song by Freddy Martin.

The title was announced in 2018 with no updates since.


Notes on Love

This docu-series will take a look at various “creatives” and their respective marriages.

Among the people involved in the project include:

Norman Lear and Aaron Shure, Steve Martin, Diane Warren, Jenny Han, Lindy West and Ahamefule J. Oluo, and Shonda Rhimes.

We last heard the series was in development back in October 2019 but haven’t heard anything since.

The title was announced in 2018 with no updates since.


Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change

Reset is from the former Reddit CEO that gives her account of her time in Silicon Valley. The project was first announced back in July 2018 and is currently labeled as a TV miniseries. Beyond that, however, we don’t know whether it’s going to be a docu-series or a biographical mini-series.

The title was announced in 2018 with no updates since.


Recursion

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Matt Reeves and Shonda Rhimes are teaming up on this new sci-fi series with Betsy Beers also producing.

The show is based on a book by Blake Crouch which has a 4.15 rating on GoodReads.

Here’s what we know so far about the project:

“A brilliant female scientist invents a powerful technology that allows people not just to reactivate their most visceral memories but to reinvent them entirely.”

Netflix also has an expansive overall deal with 6th & Idaho Productions.

The series was first announced in October 2018 and we’ve had no updates since.


Other Projects

There are a few other projects reportedly in development including Shonda Rhimes, but we’re not 100% sure if they a) exist or b) are still active or c) have been transported over from ABC where they were previously in development. So here’s a rundown on those:

  • Adult Behaviour – Allan Heinberg drama series – was slated for ABC
  • I’m Judging You – A comedy TV movie – was slated for ABC
  • Lawless – Drama TV movie – slated for ABC

That’s all we have for now. We’ll be updating this over time as we learn more about the output Shonda Rhimes and Shondaland has in store for Netflix!

Kasey Moore

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Covering Netflix since 2013, Kasey has been tracking the comings and goings of the Netflix library for close to a decade. Resides in the United Kingdom.