July 30, 2018

Shondaland heads to Netflix with eight new shows, four of which are book adaptations


If this were 2008, I would tell you to change your dial to ABC as you eagerly awaited the new Shonda Rhimes-produced drama sure to change TV forever. But it’s not 2008, it’s 2018 and so I will say: Guess who’s coming to Netflix!?

Bustle’s Kristian Wilson writes on five of the eight new shows Shonda Rhimes will be producing for the streaming network — all of them adaptations of the written word (one essay, four books), and we are*gulp* …totally here for it.

In a statement, Rhimes calls her move to Netflix “Shondaland 2.0.” Yes.

Without further ado, some of the most exciting new shows to hit Netflix:

  • The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House by Kate Andersen Brower gives readers access to the inner workings of the White House, through the stories of the maids, cooks and florists “who make sure the First Family’s day-to-day business runs smoothly.” Anderson Brower spans from the JFK years all the way to the Obamas.
  • Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change by Ellen Pao tells the tech investor and activist’s personal story of racism and sexism in Silicon Valley.
  • The Pulitzer-Prize winning The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson is “a microhistory… if you can call a chronicle of the 55-year Great Migration a ‘micro’ anything.” Focusing on the stories of three African Americans who crossed the Mason-Dixon line somewhere between 1937 and 1953, Wilkerson explores the impact the migration had on Americans and the country’s landscape.
  • The Bridgertons Series by Julia Quinn — this, I am sure, will be suggested to viewers of “The Crown” by Netflix’s eerie matching system.
  • “How Anna Delvey Tricked New York’s Party People” by Jessica Pressler. The only essay in the group, Pressler’s expose of the fake socialite rocked the Twittersphere for a good while this Spring. There are mumblings already that Jennifer Lawrence might play Delvey.

Pass the popcorn!



Alex Primiani is the associate director of publicity at Melville House.