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BUZZWORTHY: Shonda Rhimes Spills Beans On 8 Netflix Shows She Has In The Works

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We’ve picked her. Chose her. Loved her. Shonda Rhimes has become a household name as she created some of televisions most compelling shows. Through ABC, Rhimes introduced TGIT with a Thursday night lineup of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder. With this, she certified her QUEEN status.

Earlier this year in a bold and unexpected move, Rhimes announced her plans to partner with Netflix to create shows for the streaming service. The ABC network had been such a staple of Rhimes’ career that many were shocked to hear about the new partnership. Of the deal Rhimes said:

“[The Netflix content officer] understood what I was looking for — the opportunity to build a vibrant new storytelling home for writers with the unique creative freedom and instantaneous global reach provided by Netflix’s singular sense of innovation. The future of Shondaland at Netflix has limitless possibilities.”

I think it’s safe to say that we have all binged a season or twelve of Grey’s Anatomy over the course of a rainy weekend, so brand new bingeable content sounds like a genius idea! I don’t think Rhimes has slept in the last 20 years, but now less than ever as she just announced 8…8!!!!…shows she has on the pipeline for the streaming service. Here are some beans she spilled on those shows:

Untitled Shonda Rhimes Project

Rhimes serves as creator of this series which is inspired by the New York magazine article “How Anna Delvey Tricked New York’s Party People.” The premise will follow a woman who cons her way into Manhattan’s social scene.

Untitled Bridgerton Project

The series follows the powerful Bridgerton family and takes a look into London’s high society marriage mart. The series is based on Julia Quinn’s best-selling novels. Scandal EP, Chris Van Dusen, will adapt and showrun the series.

The Warmth of Other Suns

This series is also adapted from literature, but this time it’s derived from the Pulitzer-Prize winning author Isabel Wilkerson’s book of the same name. The series will document the African Americans looking for refuge in the North after fleeing the Jim Crow South.

Pico & Sepulveda

Set in California in the 1840s, when California still belonged to Mexico, this series will tell of the American brutality used to take ownership of this land.

Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change

Based on Ellen Pao’s extraordinary memoir, this series will take a look into the Silicon Valley boy’s club and how Pao’s lawsuit in the industry is bringing about amazing change.

The Residence

Another White House drama for Rhimes, but this time is based in nonfiction. Based on Kate Anderson Brower’s non-fiction book The Residence: Inside The Private World Of The White House, Rhimes will take us into the lives of America’s first families.

Sunshine Scouts

We’ve got the emotional dramas from Rhimes, but now she’s conquering comedy. This half-hour comedic series follows a group of teenage girls at sleep away camp who survive a fallout and agree to uphold the Sunshine Scout Law.

Hot Chocolate Nutcracker

Dramas, comedies, what else can Rhimes cover? Documentaries. This documentary offers behind the scenes looks into Debbie Allen Dance Academy’s version of The Nutcracker. In Allen’s version of the classic ballet, all ages and races were invited to dance and tell this timeless story.

I am going to be Shonda-hausted everyday at work because you can’t simply turn off a Shonda-show! No news on when any of this content will be available but we can expect to see some of these shows drop as early as this year. Till then, you’ll fine me doing my happy dance.

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AWWW: A Rescue Team Of 9 Was Needed To Rescue 1 Adorably Chubby Rat

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Over in Bensheim, Germany a rotund rodent got herself into a jam when she tried to squeeze through a hole of a manhole cover only to get stuck…and honestly, I can relate. When I was 8 years old I tried to squeeze my thunder-thighs-in-training into a children’s swing and it took my dad and three other grown men to get me out. I am the German fat-rat!

Volunteer firefighters were called when a young girl noticed the fat rat was stuck and no time was wasted to help the poor critter. Eight firefighters and at least one animal rescuer appeared on the scene to safely extract the chubby critter. Animal rescuer Michael Sehr told BBC “She had a lot of winter flab and was stuck fast at her hip. There was no going forward or back.” When asked why anyone would even want to save something so many are repulsed by Sehr said “Even animals that are hated by many deserve respect.”

Alls well that ends well! Hopefully no authorites will be needed to help me shimmy out of these skinny jeans I thought looked cute this morning…in the meantime, check out the entire rescue below!

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Elton John And Taron Egerton Performed A Fantastic Duet Of ‘Tiny Dancer’

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The dancer may be tiny but the talent on stage was massive! Taron Egerton and Elton John gave a fantastic performance of “Tiny Dancer” last night at the 27th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party.

If you’ve been looking for a reason to toss on your bedazzled cape and brightly colored sunglasses then boy do I have good news for you. An “epic musical fantasy” about Elton John’s life, entitled Rocketman, is expected to hit theaters in May 2019. Taron Egerton, from Robin Hood fame, plays the musical legend and judging by his performance last night, we are all in for a treat. The audience of the charity event felt like a candle in the wind when Taron suggested an off-the-cuff performance of “Tiny Dancer.” There isn’t even a pun creative enough to embody what the audience must have felt when Elton John himself volunteered to accompany Taron on the piano!

In addition to a truly moving performance, the 27th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party raised more than $6.3 million for an effort to end AIDS.

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VIRAL: There Is No Room For Love When This Dog Protects His Barney

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I think this dog missed the whole “I love you, you love me” message Barney was trying to teach all those years ago…

In this viral video posted to Twitter, an adorable pup channels his inner Cujo anytime his owner gets close to the Barney the Dinosaur stuffed animal. While the frenzied attacks are comical in themselves, this video should definitely be played with the sound up. While we never see more than the dog owner’s hand, we hear his high pitched screams of terror every time the dog take a lunge.

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