It may seem the only thing “TGIT” and “Game of Thrones” have in common is that both TV phenomenons earned Emmys last weekend — but if you ask Debbie Allen, the real Khaleesi has been residing in Shondaland all along.
“The real Khaleesi is a black woman named Shonda Rhimes, and she has three dragons — ‘How to Get Away with Murder,’ ‘Scandal’ and ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ — and another one’s coming, honey!” says Allen, who was just promoted to full-time exec producer on “Grey’s Anatomy.” “‘Game of Thrones’ better get it together. They’re lurking. They’re behind. Let’s get it together!”
Allen can’t stop raving about her boss, who juggles the powerhouse “TGIT” lineup. “I think what she has is not just lighting in a bottle because it has struck many times,” she says.
“She has just reminded us that the hourlong drama is the most interesting, powerful, mind-altering television that can happen. It can influence your life. It just pulls you in, in that it’s serialized, it’s connected. You want to throw your shoe at the television! She has a sense of story and a sense of risk. You just don’t know what’s going to happen. What you think is going to happen never happens.”
As for the new season of “Grey’s Anatomy,” Allen says the new episodes are fresh, fun and light, and the vibe on set reflects what’s happening on screen.
“It’s a great family feel over there,” she says. “In 12 years, it feels like a drop in the bucket at this moment. Everybody is so geared up for this season.”
For more on what’s to come in “Grey’s Anatomy” Season 12, straight from Allen, click here.