Thursday, May 16, 2013
Scandal Creator Shonda Rhimes Talks Olivia Pope and Judy Smith (Video)
In the video above, CNN's Jake Tapper interviews Shonda Rhimes, the creator of ABC's hit show Scandal and the long-running Grey's Anatomy. Rhimes talks about what drew her to Judy Smith's life. Smith is the real woman whose work as a crisis manager inspired Scandal.
Rhimes also discusses with Tapper that the show is the first show in 40 years to feature a black woman as the lead character. The other show ran in the late 60s and early 70s, Julia starring Diahann Carroll.
Rhimes grew up watching very little television. Her parents were in academia. According to an interview with the New York Times, a competitive nature pushed her toward film school when she graduated from Dartmouth.
In this second interview, Rhimes talks about wielding power in Hollywood.
Tonight is Scandal's season finale, and I know Twitter will be atwitter discussing every detail. I'll be watching. Will you?