Shonda Rhimes was already a legend the eyes of her fans after literally making black girl magic with shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How To Get Away With Murder. On Thursday the Television Academy shared they feel the same way announcing Rhimes along with several of her Hollywood peers are the latest Hall of Fame inductees. Rhimes will join 10-time Emmy winning art director Roy Christopher, the late Joan Rivers and the entire original cast of Saturday Night Live including Dan Akroyd, Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin, Garrett Morris and Laraine Newman –as well as the late Gilda Radner and John Belushi.
The Hollywood Reporter reports chairman and CEO of the Television Academy, Hayma Washington announced the honorees with the following statement:
“All of these individuals are innovators who have shaped television and left an indelible mark on the medium and our culture.”
“We are honored to welcome the latest group of distinguished individuals and look forward to showcasing their impacts for future generations.”
The 2018 honorees will be inducted Nov. 15 during the annual Hall of Fame ceremony at the TV Academy’s Saban Media Center. Rhimes and her fellow honorees join more than 135 other TV professionals who have been inducted since the Hall of Fame launched in 1984.
Hall of Fame Selection Committee Chair, Rick Rosen spoke to the inductees’ distinct influence on popular culture:
“Television’s evolution can be attributed to the substantial work of numerous individuals.”
“It is a pleasure to honor a group whose contributions have had and will continue to have a powerful influence on our ever exciting and evolving industry.”
Rhimes is the third black woman to be inducted in the TV Hall of Fame. Oprah Winfrey was honored in 1993 as well as Carmen Jones and Porgy and Bess actress Diahann Carol in 2011.
The honor comes at a time when Rhimes is making big changes for the future of her shows and her entertainment company Shondaland. The writer and producer recently decided to make a move to Netflix after 15 years with ABC. Rhimes shares the decision was based on the streaming company’s ability to provide more creative freedom and “a clear landscape to do whatever she wants”.
We’re looking forward to years of stories from the clever mind of Ms. Rhimes and congratulate her on an honor that’s well-deserved.