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Shonda Rhimes On Her New Series + Her "Pessimistic" Brand Of TV

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act May 19, 2011 at 3:24AM

It doesn't have a lot of shiny, happy people. I don't know if that's a real hallmark. I'm always very sensitive to the fact that people somehow think the shows are light and airy or optimistic. I don’t feel like I've ever written anything light, airy, or optimistic, because I'm not that person. People always tell me they associate my shows with romance and funny stuff and happiness, and I always think, I just put a shooter in the hospital that blew someone's brain out."
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It doesn't have a lot of shiny, happy people. I don't know if that's a real hallmark. I'm always very sensitive to the fact that people somehow think the shows are light and airy or optimistic. I don’t feel like I've ever written anything light, airy, or optimistic, because I'm not that person. People always tell me they associate my shows with romance and funny stuff and happiness, and I always think, I just put a shooter in the hospital that blew someone's brain out."

Top TV showrunner Shonda Rhimes talks to New York magazine about her new show Scandal (which stars Kerry Washington), process, and much more. It's actually a pretty good interview. Revealing... read the entire piece HERE.

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