Talk about girl power! The new cover of ‘Entertainment Weekly’ features Shonda Rhimes, the head of TGIT, along with her leading ladies — Ellen Pompeo, Kerry Washington, and Viola Davis . . . and it’s stunning.
If anyone knows how to get what they want done and make good TV, it’s these four women! Shonda Rhimes, the powerhouse behind ABC’s TGIT, surrounded herself with the women of the shows that we’re obsessing over: Ellen Pompeo (Meredith in Grey’s Anatomy), Kerry Washington (Olivia Pope in Scandal) and the latest edition, Viola Davis (Annalise Keating in How to Get Away with Murder).
“I was talking to an actress who’s pregnant and really worried about telling her bosses, and I said, ‘Yeah, when I told my boss I was pregnant, she literally jumped up and down in my trailer.’ I don’t know if there’s a male show runner who would do that,” Kerry, 38, told Entertainment Weekly about working with Shonda, and we have to agree — she’s probably right.
The magazine also released a few other covers of Shonda’s world, including one of Ellen wearing nothing but red pumps and an open lab coat; another of Tony Goldwyn, Kerry and Bellamy Young (swoon), and then another of the cast of How To Get Away with Murder all in white, with Viola in red in the middle.
Shonda Reveals Why ‘Grey’s’ Is Getting A Time Jump
Shonda just dealt with one of the biggest losses on her shows this past year when Patrick Dempsey was killed off of Grey’s. Now, when the show returns, it will be after a year-long time jump — so that Ellen wouldn’t have to play a mourning woman week after week.
“I couldn’t imagine a world in which Meredith could go a month and be able to speak or breathe — or [even] six months,” Shonda told our sister site, TVLine. “I needed time to pass for her to even be in a place where I felt like she could have a conversation.” Shonda also added she couldn’t even go to set during the final scenes. “It was brutal. I found it incredibly painful to write and incredibly painful to watch. I didn’t go to a single moment of the filming because I was like, ‘I’m just going to stand there and cry like an idiot.’”
— Emily Longeretta