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Netflix unveils first 8 Shonda Rhimes projects for platform

Shonda Rhimes's first slate of shows for Netflix includes a look at the migration of African-Americans from the Jim Crow South, romance among wealthy 19th century Londoners and a documentary on Debbie Allen's re-imagining of The Nutcracker.

Scandal and Grey's Anatomy creator will base several new shows on bestselling books

Netflix announced Friday eight new projects to be led by Shonda Rhimes and her production company Shondaland for the streaming service. (Brian Killian/Getty Images)

Shonda Rhimes's first slate of shows for Netflix includes a look at the migration of African-Americans from the Jim Crow South, romance among wealthy 19th century Londoners and a documentary on Debbie Allen's reimagining of The Nutcracker.

The streaming service on Friday announced eight shows Rhimes and her collaborators at Shondaland are developing.

The show about African-American life will be based on Isabel Wilkerson's award-winning book The Warmth of Other Sons, while the show about London aristocrats is based on Julia Quinn's bestselling romance novels set in Regency England.

Other projects include a show based on tech investor Ellen Pao's memoir, a series on California on the eve of the Mexican-American War, and a dark comedy about a troop of teenage girls who survive the apocalypse and want humanity to live by their Sunshine Scouts rules.

Pao in 2015 lost a high-profile sex discrimination lawsuit against Silicon Valley venture-capital firm where she had been a partner. Netflix said Pao's experiences "presaged the Time's Up movement."

Rhimes, the creator of hit shows such as Grey's Anatomy and Scandalsigned a multiyear deal to produce Netflix shows last August. 

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