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Shonda Rhimes bringing sequel to Romeo-Juliet tragedy to ABC
By Lynn Elber, AP Television Writer
Published May 18, 2016
Shonda Rhimes

Shonda Rhimes attends the 33rd Annual Paleyfest: “Scandal” held at the Dolby Theatre on Tuesday, March 15, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ “Scandal” producer Shonda Rhimes is collaborating with William Shakespeare on a new ABC series.

The network said Thursday it’s ordered a period drama from Rhimes about the aftermath of the deaths of young lovers Romeo and Juliet.

“Still Star-Crossed” will become Rhimes’ fifth series at ABC. Along with “Scandal,” her ShondaLand company produces “Grey’s Anatomy,” `’How to Get Away with Murder” and “Catch.”

“Catch,” which hasn’t made the ratings splash of Rhimes’ other shows, will return for a second season, ABC said.

Others weren’t so lucky. “Nashville” and “Castle” are among seven shows canceled by the network, where a recent shakeup saw ABC Entertainment Group President Paul Lee replaced by Channing Dungey.

Also being yanked are “The Muppets,” “Galavant,” “Blood & Oil,” “The Family” and “Agent Carter.”

At Fox, pink slips are going to “Grandfathered,” “The Grinder,” “Bordertown” and “Minority Report.”

Details about the broadcast networks’ 2016-17 season plans are trickling out in advance of next week’s schedule presentations to advertisers in New York City.

“Supergirl” is landing at CW for its second season after debuting last year on CBS. It’s a good fit for CW, currently home to three other superhero shows: “The Flash,” `’Arrow” and “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.”

All are from prolific producer Greg Berlanti, who has placed yet another show at CW for next season, “Riverdale.”

Based on the Archie Comics characters, “Riverdale” was described by the network as a present-day “surprising and subversive take” on Archie, Betty, Veronica and their friends. Lili Reinhart, Cole Sprouse and Luke Perry are among the stars.

Other network announcements Thursday:

“Frequency,” CW, inspired by the 2000 Dennis Quaid-Jim Caviezel film. A police detective gets in touch with her late father via a ham radio and work together on an unsolved murder case. Riley Smith is among the stars.

“No Tomorrow,” CW, follows a cautious woman and a freewheeling man who fall in love and decide to pursue their dreams because of a belief that the apocalypse is near. The cast includes Tori Anderson and Josh Sasse.

“Conviction,” ABC. A lawyer and former first daughter (Hayley Atwell) takes a job with the New York district attorney’s office to avoid jail time for drugs and political damage for her mother’s Senate campaign.

“Chicago Justice,” NBC. Producer Dick Wolf expands his Windy City-based franchise with a drama about state prosecutors and investigators. It joins “Chicago Med,” “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago P.D.”

“Downward Dog,” ABC. Based on the web series, the comedy looks at the life of a struggling millennial (Allison Tolman) from the perspective of her philosophical dog, Martin.

” An as-yet untitled comedy from ABC about an unapologetically plump wife and mother (Katy Mixon) whose flawed family lives in a wealthy town populated by so-called “perfect” children.

“Time After Time,” ABC. Based on the novel and movie, with writer H.G. Wells (Freddie Stroma) traveling through time to modern Manhattan in search of Jack the Ripper.

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