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Shonda Rhimes: In the Limelight

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Dec 28th 2007 1:04PM
Shonda RhimesWhen you hear the name "Shonda Rhimes" what words come to mind? I'm pretty sure those words are "Grey's" and "Anatomy." But what you may not know is that before writing gripping TV series such as Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice, Rhimes also put pen to paper for The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement and -- you'd better be sitting properly on your chair before reading this -- Britney Spears's Crossroads! Can you believe that the Emmy award winner wrote that terrible and rightfully Razzie-nominated Crossroads?!?

According to IMDb.com, Shonda Rhimes' first project was Blossoms and Veils, a 1998 short starring Jada Pinkett Smith and Omar Epps, that she both wrote and directed. Her first major project was TV-movie-of-the-week Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, starring Halle Berry, for which she wrote the teleplay. Afterwards, her career shortly changed gears when she wrote two teen movies: Crossroads and The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement. The latter, a Disney movie, surely helped open a few doors at ABC for Rhimes because her next project is a tiny and unpopular series called Grey's Anatomy.

Grey's is the show that put Shonda Rhimes on the map and revived the careers of a few actors such as Patrick Dempsey. The series, now in its fourth season, attracts million of viewers weekly and even has a spin-off, Private Practice. Thanks to the success of both series (mostly Grey's), Shonda Rhimes is now a household name in the TV world.

To learn more about Shonda Rhimes, visit the following sites: Shonda Rhimes' IMDb.com page and Shonda Rhimes' Wikipedia page.

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Did it occur to anyone that perhaps Crossroads got the Razzie award because BRITNEY CAN'T ACT?! That was year Britney-backlash began, so whatareyougonnado?

I also find it hard to believe that you're all so quick to denigrate a writer whose work has been nominated for--and WON--many many awards (Emmy, Golden Globe, etc.)

And another note: If any words I wrote were ever spoken by Julie Andrews I would be able to die a happy woman.

January 02 2008 at 12:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Is this true?
If so.....no wonder Grey's Anatomy really sucks when you get down to it.

December 28 2007 at 2:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Seriously. I mean, I'm a huge Grey's fan, but the show is a shadow of its former self. Is it any wonder why these characters, who are supposed to be adults, come off as unusually immature high school students when they're created by a woman whose previous writing credits are for movies aimed at the tween and teen girl set?

December 28 2007 at 5:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I've never seen Crossroads, but I assume that the only reason it got such a bad rep was because Britney Spears was attached to the project. I can tell that tvsquad is really having trouble coming out with things to talk about with the writer's strike going on and all.

December 28 2007 at 2:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Isabelle Carreau

Actually, Britney Spears was at the peak of her career when the movie was in production. The movie was just not good.

December 28 2007 at 2:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Crossroads, Schmossroads: Princess Diaries 2 really sucked, as well. REALLY sucked.

December 28 2007 at 1:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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