Shonda Rhimes has seen extraordinary success with her various televison shows. "Grey's Anatomy" and "Private Practice" made viewers take notice of her talent, and "Scandal" has taken Rhimes to a whole new level while making history at the same time.
In a sad but true reality, Kerry Washington, the star of "Scandal", is the first African-American actress to lead an American network drama series since 1974. Washington's Emmy nomination also made her the first African-American to be nominated in the category of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 18 years. Before Washington it was Cicely Tyson in 1995 for “Sweet Justice."
Each season brought more and more viewers, and the viewership for Season 3 was off the charts. The season finale captivated a record 10.5 million viewers, and Jessica Toomer reports that "the final episode of Season 3 attracted more viewers than the finales of "Community", "Parenthood" and "Parks and Recreation" combined.
Rhimes's new show is sure to be a success, and two-time Academy Award nominee Viola Davis (The Help) will be taking the lead in "How to Get Away With Murder". The Hollywood Reporter says the show is a "sexy, suspense-driven legal thriller" centered on "ambitious law students and their brilliant and mysterious criminal defense professor."
Davis is set to play law professor and renowned criminal defense attorney Annalise DeWitt. Although she has appeared in episodic television in the past, this pivotal lead role is a major opportunity for Davis, and another history-making move for Rhimes.
Rhimes has not held her tongue one bit regarding the discussion of minority casting, or lack thereof. She stated, "I think it's sad, and weird, and strange that it's still a thing. It's 2013. Somebody else needs to get their act together. And, oh, by the way, it works. Ratings-wise, it works."
Judging by her record breaking seasons, ratings, and fans by the millions--take her word for it. It works. Let's hope her newest project enjoys the same success.