Screenwriter, director and producer Shonda Rhimes has been busy behind the scenes prepping new shows along with overseeing her current hit television programs; Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice and the Kerry Washington-led Scandal. With all the success of her past shows, Rhimes and her Shondaland production company will be releasing its first half-hour comedy featuring writer/actor Issa Rae, the creator of Internet sensation The Misadventures Of Awkward Black Girl, reports Deadline.
Issa Rae will be the protagonist in the ABC sitcom I Hate L.A. Dudes, which will focus on Rae as budding journalist who joins an all-male Internet talk show and her dating woes while trying to make a career in Los Angeles. The successful Awkward Black Girl show, which debuted in early 2011, took the Internets by storm as a smartly written and quirky show that displayed Rae’s formidable writing talents; she will also serve as a writer for her new ABC program as well.
Rhimes will also be rolling out The Mix, which focuses on the lives of five women who co-host a popular morning program (think The View and other similar programs). Actor/screenwriter John Hoffman will helm the writing duties for the show. No time table has been set for the release of the programs, but this proves Rhimes will be a fixture on network TV for a good while.
Congratulations to Issa Rae!
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