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Grey’s Anatomy : what if Shonda Rhimes creates another spin-off? Here are 5 ideas!

GREY'S ANATOMY - ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" stars Kevin McKidd as Owen Hunt, Justin Chambers as Alex Karev, Chandra Wilson as Miranda Bailey, Gaius Charles as Shane Ross, Tessa Ferrer as Leah Murphy, Jessica Capshaw as Arizona Robbins, Sandra Oh as Cristina Yang, Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey, Patrick Dempsey as Derek Shepherd, Sara Ramirez as Callie Torres, Jerrika Hinton as Stephanie Edwards, Camilla Luddington as Jo Wilson, Sarah Drew as April Kepner, Jesse Williams as Jackson Avery and James Pickens, Jr. as Richard Webber. (Photo by Bob D'Amico/ABC via Getty Images)

While ABC is having a hard time finding new drama series that stick, Grey’s Anatomy is still a ratings monster on Thursday in season 13 (!!!) with more than 8 million fans watching the show live, adding another 4 millions in the 7 days that follow. Of course, the show will get a 14th season renewal. But isn’t it the right time and the last chance for ABC to order a new spin-off? That’s probably something the network dreams about for years -since Private Practice run has ended- while Shonda Rhimes is rightfully resisting the urge. She now has 5 shows on the air (Grey’s, Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder, The Catch and midseason entry which has yet to be renamed Still Star-Crossed) and a handful of new projects for next season. But what if they do it? What spin-off should they go for? Here are 5 ideas. Feel free to discuss them and add yours!

 

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  1. Callie’s Anatomy

Since Sara Ramirez departed the show in the end of season 12, she cut her hair and came out as bisexual, juste like our beloved Callie. Wouldn’t it be great to follow Callie’s professional and sexual adventures in New York? She could dump Penny quickly and make love to Sofia’s lesbian babysitter! It’s just an idea. We want her to go rock’n’ roll. She would met new colleagues there, new friends, in a little clinic, not a huge hospital, maybe in a poor neighborhood to deal with different issues than in Grey’s and Private. It’d be one of the rare TV shows with a bisexual lead (The 100 and what else?) and one of the rare drama with an hispanic lead (Shades of Blue and ?). Make it happen, ABC!

 

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2. Call Me Izzie

Well, Izzie… Every year, everyone thinks there’s a storyline that might be finaly introducing Katherine Heigl’s long awaited comeback but it never happens. And this year is no exception with Alex and Jo separating. As much as we know, there is no such plan, especially since Rhimes & Heigl are still at odds. But we’re allowed to dream a little. Izzie coming back in Seattle for a few episodes and then leading her own show would certainly be a ratings success if things are done the right way. But Heigl has her new series Doubt (from ex Grey’s Anatomy producers) coming next year on CBS, which rules it out completely, at least for 2017. Too bad.

 

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3. Warriors

It seems like nobody’s missing Kim Raver’s Teddy. It was a nice player though, a really interesting character that departed too soon. It’s certainly too late now to re-introduce her in the show, but a few years back they totally should have given her her own spin-off. It would have been centered on her mourning trip to a war zone where she would have led a team of courageous doctors saving lives in dangerous situations. And sleeping with each others of course. ABC developped similar ideas a few times the past years but without Shonda involved. Maybe they should re-think the idea, with her this time…

 

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4. Grey’s Anatomy: the Young Years

Remember this season 6 episode where we flashbacked to the hospital in the 80s when Ellis Grey, Meredith’s mother, and Richard met and fell in love during the AIDS years? It was a damn good one. And the great Sarah Paulson was in it. It was before she became Ryan Murphy’s best friend. Making a whole show about this period of time would be risky, especially since we already know how the couple ended up in life and since period dramas tend to flop on networks, but at least it would have been interesting and kind of new.

 

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5. Grey’s Kindergaten

Okay, this one is very unlikely, but I like it. Have you ever asked yourself what happens for our doctors’ kids when they are all together in the Sloan-Grey Memorial’s kindergaten? That show would be a workplace comedy following the nurses that take care of them. Occasionally, one of Grey‘s stars would make a guest appearance.

 

And yes, a show about Cristina in Switzerland would make sense too, but I feel like everything has been said and done about her. It wouldn’t be a good idea and we need Sandra Oh in something new!

American Crime Story: The People Vs. O.J. Simpson (FX) preview: Ryan Murphy’s safest work yet?

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Pilot “From the Ashes of Tragedy” & Episode two “The Run of His Life” written & produced by Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszweski (Problem Child, Ed Wood, The People Vs. Larry Flint, Big Eyes). Co-produced by Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story, Glee, Nip/Tuck), Dante DiLoreto, Brad Falchuck, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson & John Travolta. Based on novel “The Run of His Life” by Jeffrey Toobin. Directed by Ryan Murphy. For FX, 20th Century FOX Television, Ryan Murphy Productions & Brad Falchuck Teleyvision. 61 pages & 54 pages.

Description: On June 12, 1994, Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman are found stabbed to death outside in Los Angeles. American football player O.J. Simpson is quickly considered as a person of interest in their murders. On June 17, after failing to turn himself in, he becomes the object of a low-speed car pursuit. The pursuit, arrest, and trial were among the most widely publicized events in American history…

With Cuba Gooding Jr. as O.J. Simpson, Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark, John Travolta as Robert Shapiro, David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian, Courtney B. Vance as Johnnie Cochran, Jordana Brewster as Denise Brown, Billy Magnussen as Kato Kaelin, Selma Blair as Kris Jenner, Connie Britton as Faye Resnick, Steven Pasquale as Mark Furhman, and Cheryl Ladd, Bruce Greenwood, Malcolm Jamal-Warner, Evan Handler, Sterling K. Brown, Kenneth Choi

PREMIERING IN 2016 ON FX

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Whether you like him or not, every season is Ryan Murphy’s season for the past decade and next season may be his biggest one ever! Of course, American Horror Story will be back, minus Jessica Lange but with Lady Gaga for her very first starring role; meanwhile, he’s gonna launch Scream Queens aka American Horror Story meets Glee, minus the songs, which is expected to get a lot of buzz and hopefully substantial ratings for dying FOX; and in early 2016 he’ll bring American Crime Story, that could become HUGE for FX! The anthology series promises to explore a new real-life crime every year and Murphy decided to start big with the infamous O.J. Simpson trial that kept America breathless for months right in the middle of the 90s. It was tragic, fascinating and it is considered as the beginning of the modern tabloid age, at least in America. It also brought the Kardashian family to the world. And that’s… well… a curse for humanity we never recovered from.

Based on a book that was first published a few years later, in 1997, The People Vs. OJ Simpson doesn’t take any risks. The story as it is doesn’t need to be altered in any way (and I’m pretty sure they couldn’t do it even if they wanted to). It’s gold and it shows very quickly in the pilot script. It starts with real archive footage from the L.A. riots of 1992 when furious african-americans tore the city apart after another one of their own was beaten to death by LAPD cops, apparently for no reason. Then, cut to two years later, we’re by OJ’s side for the first time, a very nervous OJ sweating in his limousine, while a dogwalker is discovering the dead bodies of his ex-wife and fiancé in front of their house in another neighborhood. We’ve got everything we need to know in three minutes or so: OJ’s obvious guiltiness for a crime he must have committed (83% of Americans think he did it) and social context of the time, which sadly still resonates in 2015 with the Ferguson scandal, the riots in Baltimore… 20 years later, things haven’t change that much. The whole season, as the first two episodes make it clear, won’t only tell the story of the investigation, that was full of twists and turns and can only transform into great TV, it will also explain how OJ’s lawyers used the race factor to exonerate their client: he was surprisingly found not guilty (sorry to spoil those who didn’t know). And that’s ambitious, especially for only 10 episodes (with the second one being a crazy car chase “The Superbowl of car case” when OJ disappeared instead of showing up to the police).

We’ve got multiple perspectives. From the cops first, with the leading investigator being a woman -played by Sarah Paulson- who has a lot on her plate: she’s in the middle of a nasty divorce, she needs to prove to the men around her that she’s as capable as they are, if not more, and she needs to show to the people of Los Angeles that even a rich person cannot get away with murder, in order to restore faith in LAPD. Then from OJ’s defense team, with Robert Shapiro (John Travolta), a lawyer specialized in criminal defense AND celebrities, who doesn’t play by the rules and who is very good at manipulating everybody, so good he’s fascinating; Robert Kardashian (David Schwimmer) who is a defense attorney but OJ Simpson’ best friend first. He was used as a volunteer assistant in the case. He’s married to Kris Jenner and he’s the father of a certain Kim… (who doesn’t show up in the first two episodes and probably won’t appear later if you’re wondering). He seems very incompetent and ridiculous at times, like this moment when he has to read a suicidal note from OJ in front of the whole press. I guess HE was really ridiculous. Or the writers want to make him look bad, and that’s disturbing. OJ looks ridiculous too, but he probably was. He acts like a scared child. My only fear is that his scenes turn out to be funny. I mean… this man did so many stupid things and mistakes… Good luck to Cuba Gooding Jr.! Last but not least: Johnnie Cochran, an African-American lawyer who’s the one who used the “race card” during the trial. We’re also introduced to reporters and OJ’s family members. There are a lot of characters but the script is written so sharply with everything happening so fast that we’re never lost and completely hooked from beginning to end.

American Crime Story: The People Vs. OJ Simpson is Ryan Murphy’s safest work since forever (but he didn’t write a thing, he’s just directing and producing). You can’t do anything with a true story, but it’s sober where they could have been more scandalous and polemic. It’s documented, precise, smartly told and it will probably be very well acted with such a terrific cast. As the OJ Simpson’s case was at the time, this show is already fascinating. How come this was never adapted into TV series before?!