Why I Love Shonda Rhimes

Shonda Rhimes (Image Credit: ABC/Lou Rocco)
Shonda Rhimes (Image Credit: ABC/Lou Rocco)

Life ruiner. Killer of all my favorite characters. Terrible, terrible person, but still such a genius. The names I’ve used over the last couple of years for the brilliant, fearless, and tremendously talented, Shonda Rhimes. It was May of 2009 when I was first introduced to Ms. Rhimes’ powers. The finale of season five was the first episode I ever watched of Grey’s Anatomy. I felt such strong feelings for these characters I had just met, and was so in awe of the woman who created them. It’s rare that you watch a show and feel so connected to each story and everything that is going on in each and every person’s life. I felt this with Shonda’s show. From that episode on, I’ve been not only a super fan of Grey’s, but also a super fan of everything Shonda touches.

After months of convincing, I finally started Scandal. I don’t know why it took me so long to watch it; I should have known I would get hooked and completely mesmerized. I mean, look at my track record with Shonda’s other work. Olivia Pope is one of the strongest characters currently on television and is portrayed beautifully by Kerry Washington. I can’t wait to see Season 2 of How to Get Away With Murder and watch the genius that is Viola Davis grow into this complex character.

One of the main reasons I love and admire Shonda so much is because she really is diverse and smart with her casting. I don’t mean just physically diverse, because although her characters never look the same, they are also so different personality-wise. No two people are exactly the same, and I think she portrays that beautifully on all of her shows. In some shows, over time the characters seem to blend together and pick up the others’ traits. Shonda lets them pick up each others quirks, but still remain themselves.

Not only is she one of the most gifted writers and producers of our generation, she is my personal favorite producer and one of my absolute heroes (keep in mind I’m a television major.) There aren’t many television producers working today that can command one of the top networks timeslots, let alone have a whole night dedicated to her own programming. Then again, Shonda isn’t just any other producer. ABC has given Shonda the entire night on Thursdays; it’s best known as “Shonda Thursdays.” It’s my personal favorite day of the week! I know she’s 100% not going to see this, but if she does I would just like her to know two things. She is not only an inspiration to TV nerds like myself, but also to young girls. She teaches them that they can be killer surgeons like Cristina Yang, fix some of the nation’s biggest problems while rocking a gorgeous white coat like Olivia Pope and learn to put their dreams first like Meredith Grey. And Ms. Rhimes, if you ever need a personal intern, I’m totally available.

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Victoria Nelli loves TV so much that she has been in a lifelong relationship with it. Over the past few years she even took their love to the next level and majored in it in college. You can follow her on twitter @VictoriaNelli.

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