March 27, 2017
By Shondell Babb
ABC gave two pilot orders in 2017 to the Shondaland writers and producers. Comedy Malcolm & Libby and an unnamed legal drama are new shows set to make primetime Shondaland indeed. But will the new shows have the staying power of Grey’s Anatomy?
Grey’s Anatomy celebrated it’s 12th anniversary on March 27 while continuing to set prime time television on fire.
Grey’s Anatomy is now in season 13 and I am still part of the passionate, loyal fanbase that has stuck with the evolving Grey’s family for over a decade. Grey’s is also inching up the ladder for one of the longest running prime time shows.
As one of the 22.5 million Facebook fans and 3.5 million Twitter followers, I am still also missing Sandra Oh’s departure, who took Cristina Yang’s character and Meredith’s “Person”, with her.
I love how Shonda has strategically worked to change the face of prime time television for over 12 years. The amazing range of casting diversity and current issues highlighted on Grey’s is one secret to her and her team’s success.
I also see your loyalty through cross-casting shows with great actors like Jeff Perry, as Thatcher Grey in Grey’s Anatomy, then reappearing as Cyrus Beene in Scandal.
Your writing and show concepts are brilliant and you keep us on the edge of our seats, with a glass of wine and bowl of popcorn. Yet you make sure to acknowledge the team behind you.
I love your leadership Shonda! You go gurl!