No one does TV quite like Shonda Rhimes. So, naturally, we were thrilled to learn she’s developing eight—we repeat, eight—new series for Netflix. The best part? They will all prominently feature women both on- and off-screen. *Breaks into happy dance*
Here’s what you need to know about Rhimes’s upcoming projects.
1. Untitled Anna Delvey Series: For the first time since Scandal in 2012, Rhimes is returning to the writer’s room for a brand-new pilot based on the viral New York Magazine article “How Anna Delvey Tricked New York’s Party People.”
2. Untitled Bridgerton Series: Are you familiar with author Julia Quinn’s popular book series, The Bridgertons? Well, Rhimes is developing a show based on the novels, which follow a high-society family during the 19th century.
3. Pico & Sepulveda: Rhimes’s second (!) period piece will take place in the 1840s and focus on the famous war between the Mexicans and Americans over the land we know today as Southern California.
4.The Warmth of Other Suns: This one is based on the namesake novel by Pulitzer Prize–winning author (NBD) Isabel Wilkerson. The Warmth of Other Suns tells the decades-long story of a group of African-Americans who flee the South in search of freedom.
5. Sunshine Scouts: In a bold move, Rhimes is also taking on a sitcom, which follows two teenage girls trapped together at the end of the world. Oh, and did we mention it’s being written and directed by Jill Alexander (Silicon Valley)?
6. Hot Chocolate Nutcracker: If you couldn’t tell by the name, this series is a—drumroll, please—documentary about Debbie Allen’s award-winning interpretation of the classic ballet The Nutcracker.
7. The Residence: This one is (yet again) based on a nonfiction book by a female author. But this time, it will focus on Kate Anderson Brower’s 2015 novel The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House, which tells the stories of U.S. presidents and their families. *Sniff, sniff* Is that a new Scandal we smell?
8. Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change: Although we don’t know much about this project, we do know it will be based on Ellen Pao’s 2017 memoir, so it’s practically destined for greatness.
Thank you, Shonda, we really needed this.