Shonda Rhimes Producing a Show Set in 1895

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 04: Writer Shonda Rhimes, winner of the award for Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series for 'Private Practice', poses in the press room at the 42nd NAACP Image Awards held at The Shrine Auditorium on March 4, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Shonda Rhimes Photo: Jason Merritt/2011 Getty Images

Shonda Rhimes is producing a period drama for ABC called Gilded Lillys, set in a fancy New York hotel in 1895. 1895! The show was created by KJ Steinberg, who previously created the short-lived post-hostage show The Nine, and served as a writer and producer on Gossip Girl, neither of which screams "Grover Cleveland–era income-disparity series." Finally, a show with an old-timey woman with a complicated romantic history and a group of also-old-timey supportive — if competitive and determined — friends around her. How do you balance work and love and excitement and commitment and being in 1895? [Deadline]