Two new residents are set to move into Shondaland. Powerhouse producer of "Grey's Anatomy," "Scandal," and "Private Practice" Shonda Rhimes has sold two new projects to her friends at ABC. Rhimes' production company will add another comedic drama to her already loaded plate in addition to producing her first half-hour comedy.
The latter comedy series, "I Hate LA Dudes," comes from writer Issa Rae ("The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl"). It revolves around an aspiring journalist new to the City of Angels, tackling a job on internet talk show. The journalist finds herself as the female representative on the man-centric talk show while simultaneously learning the exhaustive ins and outs of the Los Angeles dating scene. Rae is writing and producing the series, obviously a talent Rhimes has a lot of confidence in as this is her company's first attempt at straight up comedy.
Rhimes will stick with what brought her to notoriety with the comedy-drama series "The Mix." The one-hour show takes place behind the scenes of a daytime talk show a la "The View" or "The Talk." Written by John Hoffman ("Igor"), the series will follow the five female hosts of the morning talk show as they carry on with their personal lives.
ABC Studios backs both series, which will see Rhimes in a producing role with partner Betsy Beers.