There's a reason why Shonda Rhimes' production company is called "Shondaland." The screenwriter, director, producer and showrunner for massively popular TV shows "Grey's Anatomy," "Scandal," "Private Practice" (RIP) and executive producer of "How To Get Away With Murder" has a way of creating entire worlds with her shows — and this cast photo is evidence of that.
In a picture for People, Entertainment Weekly and Essence magazines, Rhimes gathered together with the casts of her television shows to show off just how beautiful they really are.
And while the casts, featuring everyone from Kerry Washington to Viola Davis to Portia de Rossi, might be overly attractive, Rhimes' casting decisions are meant to reflect a "normalization" of the television world.
“In Shondaland, our shows look like how the world looks. Everyone can see themselves when they turn on the TV on Thursday nights on ABC,” Rhimes said at the National Association of Broadcasters earlier this year. “To me that was not some difficult brave special decision I made. It was a human one, because I am a human. It wasn’t something we had to bravely fight for, because ABC is also full of humans.”
Known in marketing speak as TGIT ("Thank God It's Thursday"), the shows also came together for a promotional video that featured (what else) copious glasses of wine:
"Grey's Anatomy," "How To Get Away With Murder" and "Scandal" all return Sept. 24, 2015.
UPDATE: Kerry Washington posted a video on her Facebook page of what the picture looked like "from the center of it all." The answer? Pretty darn fun.
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