Shonda Rhimes Takes You Behind The Scenes of 'Shondaland'

The TV producer takes Robin Roberts inside the world of her popular shows.
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Right now, Shonda rhimes, a force behind some of your favorite shows on ABC. The powerhouse producer owns Thursday night with three shows. And she took me into Shonda land. "Scandal," "Grey's anatomy," and "How to get away with murder." Some of the most buzzed about this season. Thursday night. Shonda rhimes and her team are busy at work. This is Shonda land. This Thursday night lineup, people could not remember another time that somebody had the keys to the kingdom. I think it was Aaron spelling, T.J. Hooker, loveboat, fantasy island. Seriously? Seriously. What is it like for you to know that people are watching and that you have a way of connecting with people. My experience with "Grey's," it was like writing in a diary, and it was surprising that people were watching. She says going to Shonda land was like the real white house, but harder. I'm with people for 11 seasons, six seasons, it's like a marriage. You want to be with them. Speaking of family, they shocked us with last season's finale of grey's. Don't let what he wants you eclipse it, he's very dreamy. He's not the son, you are. That last line about her husband just resonated with people. Yeah, for me, the show really had always been this love story between Meredith and Kristina. I knew she would turn to her, he is dreamy, but not the sun you are. It's the point of the show. And now "How to get away with murder." Everything after this moment will not only determine your career, but life. You can spend it in a corporate office, hitting on chubby para legals, or you can join my firm and become someone you actually like. I want to be her. The new kid on the block, so to speak, viola Davis. Viola Davis. That is a miracle to me. Viola Davis is on our TV. I can't believe it. Shonda is often credited for breaking race and gender barriers with casting. But she doesn't see it that way. It's not diversity, but awe then tisty, and your shows reflect America. It looks like the world outside. The package that people come in is the package they come in. What's inside is the most interesting thing. How many times were you told no? Not very many. "Grey's anatomy" is my first job in television. It was fantastic. And I'm thrilled. But it was magical. I can't believe that. This was what you were supposed to be doing. I had other things, let's be clear. Who would play me? Thing Ellen Pompeo was playing he, Shondra Wilson. I'm being played every time there's a character. What's it like to write the voice of a black woman. Mcdreamy has been speaking in the voice of a black woman for a long time now. It's fine. How is that you don't know the difference between right and wrong? And as for another leading man, an interesting take on the character, president Fitz grant on "Scandal." He plays the damsel in distress a lot, in a masculine complex. Well-acted. Kari's role would be a man, and his by a woman. I get asked the question, how do you write these smart, strong women? And I always say is the alternative stupid, weak women? I don't know any of those. And nobody asks how do you write smart, strong men. That's not a question that anybody's ever asked before. You have three daughters, and they get to see you do what you do best and love to do. And what stronger statement can that be. Their mother is happy and fulfilled. They never had a mother who didn't get to do. Which is nice. There are sacrifices that go with that. I think there are sacrifices that go with anything. But I feel proud they get to grow up and think anything is possible for a woman. Something else to spend time with that woman right there. And we have a lot more from the stars of her shows in the weeks ahead. Spending time with Kerry Washington, Ellen Pompeo and viola Davis. All coming next week. A sneak peek behind the shows on Thursday nights on ABC. A busy couple of weeks. I'm never going to look at mcdreamy the same, he's speaking with the voice of a black woman.

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