Kill off a character, birth a new series: That’s the Shonda Rhimes way. The famous showrunner is teaming up with Pariah writer-director Dee Rees for a limited FX series under Shondaland Productions. The show will adapt Isabel Wilkerson’s The Warmth of Other Suns, a 2010 historical study about the Great Migration and the Second Great Migration of blacks from the south to other parts of the United States from 1915 to 1970, focusing on the stories of three people: Ida Mae Gladney, George Starling, and Dr. Robert Pershing Foster. Rees, who most recently directed HBO’s Bessie Smith biopic starring Queen Latifah, will write the script, and Rhimes and Betsy Beers will executive-produce — meaning Shondaland will finally get to conquer cable, too.
Shonda’s coming for cable. Photo: Getty Images