December 20th, 2010
03:04 PM ET
If ABC ever reverts to a monarchy (and really, why wouldn’t it?), Shonda Rhimes will be queen.
She’s known best as the creator of “Grey’s Anatomy,” which is in its seventh season and the spin-off, “Private Practice,” which is in its fourth. The writer/executive producer is also getting ready to reap in the rewards of her new drama, “Off the Map,” that premieres on January 12.
Adding to her royal duties will be a yet-untitled project for 2011 that ABC just gave her the go-ahead to produce.
The new series will revolve around the life and work of a professional “fixer,” an ABC spokeswoman told EW.com. The character is based on the career of Judy Smith, a public relations crisis expert who has consulted on many high-profile cases in Washington over the last 20 years, including the Monica Lewinsky/Bill Clinton scandal and the Clarence Thomas Supreme Court confirmation hearings.
Rhimes will write and produce the show with Smith and fellow ABC vet Betsy Beers. We’re just hoping the new crown doesn’t slow her down.
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