Shonda Rhimes

ABC this fall: Fun, families but (for now) no fantasy


This is the big week, when networks announce their fall schedules. If you scroll down, you'll find a combined look at Fox and NBC. Here's the ABC story I sent to papers; CBS is next.

By Mike Hughes

The changing world
of ABC may have lots of laughs, plenty of non-fiction shows ... and a
sudden fantasy void.

Finally repaired, ABC's Thursdays are ready to surprise us (again)


This has been a busy week of new and returning TV shows, but some stories are clearly bigger than others. The biggest is the long-delayed repair of ABC's Thursdays, starting this week (Jan. 26); here's the story I sent to papers:

By Mike Hughes

After eight months
of fractured Thursdays, ABC finally seems whole again.

At ABC, a changing world for dramas ... and some day, maybe, a black "Bachelor"


LOS ANGELES -- The
world hasn't had its first black “Bachelor” yet, but it will have
more prospects.

“We need to
improve the pool of diverse candidates in the beginning,” said
Channing Dungey, who is in her first year as the ABC president.

ABC fall line-up: Lots of sitcoms, lots of Shonda, no "Castle" or "Nashville"


This is the crowded time when networks unveil their fall line-ups. The previous blogs looked at NBC and Fox; now ABC is definitely going in a different direction. Here's the story I sent to papers:

By Mike Hughes

Maybe situation
comedies aren't dead after all.

In Shondaland, life is always busy and sometimes controversial


When you go to ABC on Thursdays, you're stepping into Shondaland. All three shows -- "Grey's Anatomy," "Scandal" and the new "How to Get Away with Murder" -- are produced by Shonda Rhimes and have key things in common. But does that make Rhimes a dictator, in the manner of some of her characters? That question bubbled up anew this week and I had a chance to ask about it this summer. Here's the story I sent to papers today:


ABC's fall line-up: Now THAT is diverse



By MIKE HUGHES