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Shonda Rhimes Sells New FBI Drama Series 'Under The Gun' To NBC

by Tambay A. Obenson
September 7, 2012 4:57 PM
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Can't stop... won't stop... as the saying goes...

The prolific series creator/writer/showrunner Shonda Rhimes, in a pairing with Grey's Anatomy writer Peter Nowalk, has sold an FBI drama titled Under The Gun, to NBC.

What's it about?

Under the Gun revolves around Erin Kain, a woman who goes to work for the FBI as she struggles to make sense of a terrible event in her past that ruined her life and tore her family apart. While her young and fragile appearance doesn't typically suggest that she's best suited to work as a field agent, her dark past helps her get inside the head of criminals who were normal one day and cracked the next. 

Nowalk will write the script and executive produce along with Rhimes and her Shondaland producing partner Betsy Beers

As THR notes, this new sale marks the first one of the 2012/2013 season for Rhimes who sold four new dramas - three to ABC and one to Fox - last season. One of them, the period drama Gilded Lilys, was ordered to pilot, but didn't get picked up as a series.

Her last season freshman hit series Scandal (one of the 4) will make its season 2 debut in less than 3 weeks.

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  • anonymous | September 9, 2012 6:02 PMReply

    Is she actually going to get a black person to be the lead? Sorry, that's my problem with Shonda -- I want to support, but outside of Scandal, she's never really had a strong black female lead on her shows. I'm still waiting for a young black (FEMALE) surgical intern on Grey's! I commend her for all that she does, but come on, son...

  • ALM | September 9, 2012 11:01 PM

    @ Anonymous: I really believe that Shonda does the best that she can. Remember, this is Hollywood that she is dealing with. She tries to put as much diversity in her casts as she can. She is the boss to an extent, but she still has to answer to ABC, NBC, etc. If she starts her own network, then she will have even more control.

  • Question | September 9, 2012 6:56 PM

    If Ms Rhimes did everything you wanted her to do, she'd be you- not her and then you'd be happy, right?

  • Orville | September 9, 2012 6:49 PM

    I can see what the anonymous person is saying but Hollywood is a fickle business. Yes, Shonda made Scandal a success but the real test is the second season. If Scandal can pick up more viewers I think it could possibly change perceptions in Hollywood to have a black female lead.

    Also, other networks are actually starting to put black women in leading roles on television. I heard Angela Bassett is getting her own television show and Megan Good show infamous is going to air in spring 2013. I heard Lifetime television is making some movies with black women in leading roles.

  • Adam Scott Thompson | September 8, 2012 10:02 AMReply

    The next Aaron Spelling?

  • Jai | September 7, 2012 8:15 PMReply

    Shonda does it again, make that money sista!!! I can see Nicole Beharie in this role.

  • ALM | September 7, 2012 6:09 PMReply

    This woman is the definition of a legal hustle. She is a bad woman (in a good way). She made sure that she was not beholden to ABC. I love her even more for going out of her way to create classy, professional starring roles for people of ALL colors. Get it Shonda!!!!

  • blackgirlsrock | September 7, 2012 5:24 PMReply

    Watch the Throne.

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