Shonda Rhimes–the boss-ass bitch responsible for 90% of your Netflix benders–is taking a break from her usual soapy antics to bring you a half-hour comedy about dead best friends.
Yup. Even when she’s going for laughs, Shonda’s also high-key tryna make you ugly cry.
The pilot represents a recent turn towards comedy from Rhimes’ ABC drama empire, built on the backs of GREY’S ANATOMY, SCANDAL, and HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER. Last year, Shondaland produced the Scott Foley sitcom, TOAST; now she’s ordered a script commitment from an ‘ole rom com reliable: Liz Tucillo, who wrote for SEX AND THE CITY and HE’S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU.
The untitled Tucillo project, per Deadline, “chronicles what happens after one of two female best friends passes away. When your bossy best friend dies, who steps up to take charge?”
Am I the only one who feels a little mislead by the “comedy” label? THIS WOMAN’S FRIEND IS DEAD, WHY ARE WE LAUGHING? WHERE IS OUR CAPACITY FOR HUMAN EMPATHY?
Ah, well. In Shonda we trust.