Shonda Rhimes teams with 'Gossip Girl' writer for new ABC show

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Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice creator Shonda Rhimes has sold a new project to ABC and its unlike any series she’s done before.

For starters, it’s set in 1895. The drama is called Gilded Lillys and it’s by writer K.J. Steinberg (creator The Nine a writer on Gossip Girl). The story is about the fictitious “first true luxury hotel ever built in the city — the family who owns it, the staff who work it, and the people who pass through.”

Gilded Lillys is just a script sale at this point, though any Rhimes production at ABC has a better-than-average chance of making it on the air. It follows up on a trend toward doing shows set in the past, with NBC’s Playboy Club and ABC’s Pan Am set to air this fall (and how well those shows perform could impact the odds of the network moving forward with other ideas like Lillys).

Rhimes will executive produce the ABC Studios production along with frequent collaborator Betsy Beers. Rhimes also, of course, has her new ABC political drama Scandal coming in midseason.


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  • Matt

    She’s eager to find a replacement for GA/PP now isn’t she!

  • Tyler

    (creator The Nine a writer on Gossip Girl)

    I assume there is supposed to be to be an “of” and “and” in this, right?

  • Bee

    if it gets made, looks like shonda won’t be writing for it or running the whole ship as she does on GA and PP. but KJ steinberg wrote and create the highly acclaimed, but short-lived the nine and wrote some of amazing gossip girl episodes/some of its best ever. looking forward to this. interesting concept.

    • Bee

      some amazing gossip girl episodes*

  • Hubi

    ABC already had a TV series about a luxourious and elegant hotel, however set not in the 1880s but 1980s – Arthur Hill’s Hotel! So that’s really a novel idea, Shonda! Well done!

    • AK

      Unlike any series SHE’S ever done before. Some basic reading comprehension might make your snarking less vulnerable to its own criticism.

  • Trey

    How surprising, for once she’s not making a medical drama.

  • lana

    If it’s about a bunch of people screwing each other, then it’s TOTALLY like EVERYTHING she’s ever written before.

  • Benj

    Maybe it’s the copy editor in me, but shouldn’t it be GILDED LILIES, not GILDED LILYS?

    • AK

      It’s just you.

  • wtm

    1895 seems a bit too far in the past, particularly for ABC. Although I suppose the Gibson Girl fashions would be pretty…

  • alex

    sounds like a knock-off of Downton Abbey with an american twist

    • dee

      Ten points Alex! I know some people who refuse to watch Downton Abbey because of the accents, this looks perfect for them.

  • LASHANDA MICHELE FARMER

    I AM THE OWNER AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF ABC TELEVISION NETWORK,SHONDALAND,MARK GORDON CO. I WRITE UNDER THE ASSUME NAMES SHONDA RHIMES,MARK GORDON AND BETSY BEERS TO JUST NAME FEW.I HAVE NO IDEA WHOM THAT WOMAN IS THATS PICTURED SAYING SHE IS ME.DO YOU?THIS IS NOT A PRANK..YOU CAN CONTACT A OUTSIDE SOURCE FOR FUTHER VALIDATION- KSDK TELEVISION NETWORK.

  • HDP

    Now I understand why I dislike the direction Grey’s Anatomy is going: it more about sex (anywhere) and less about a good story! Rhimes mustn’t have a good story to tell if all she gives us is sex. Sexw/love would be a nice diversion.

  • tresorparis

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  • Michelle

    I actually watched the pilot for a survey and was totally intrigued. And I know I confused things when I said I hate Grey’s Anatomy and I watch Community and 30 Rock. But I loved the pilot episode! Captain Jack from Dr. Who and Torchwood is in it. And it’s kind of an American version of Downton Abbey but with the Carnegys.

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