Shonda Rhimes to Be Inducted into NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame

Shonda Rhimes
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Prolific television creator, producer, and writer Shonda Rhimes will be inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters’ Broadcasting Hall of Fame, the NAB announced Thursday.

Since creating “Grey’s Anatomy” for ABC in 2005, the Dartmouth grad and USC MFA alum has gone on to create “Private Practice” and “Scandal,” and serves as an executive producer on “How to Get Away with Murder,” earning three Emmy nominations in her career.

“Shonda Rhimes’ creative talent is undeniable, and is on display every Thursday night on ABC,” said NAB president and CEO Gordon Smith. “The characters and storylines she creates draw in viewers and keep them coming back for more. Her hit shows serve as Exhibit A on why broadcast television remains the most popular destination for scripted entertainment programming.”

Rhimes’ “Scandal” won her an AFI Award, Peabody Award and NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Drama Series in 2013, the latest in a long list of critical praise for the writer. The success of the series produced under her Shondaland production banner led ABC to program an entire night of its fall schedule around the shows. The “Thank God It’s Thursday” promotion, featuring “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “How to Get Away Murder,” was a ratings success for the network.

Rhimes will be inducted on April 13, 2015, at the NAB Show convention in Las Vegas.

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  1. Goodbyenoway says:

    A 9 year career in TV gets you in the Hall of Fame? What a joke. The Hall of Fame should be reserved for people with 30-40 years of achievement whose work has stood the test of time. Not someone who has created 3 soap operas in the past 9 years.

    • Diana Barry Blythe says:

      Television might not exist in 30-40 years; everyone’s going to the internet for entertainment. They are giving Shonda Rhimes her roses while TV is still around. Plus, her success means the world has not yet pulled the plug on TV’s life support.

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