Tuesday, May 21, 2024

“Grey’s Anatomy” Creator Shonda Rhimes Says Golden Globes Committee Ignored Her Shows Until They Were Hits

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Queen of a Lot of TV, Shonda Rhimes, is taking the Hollywood Foreign Press to task. She says the people who vote on the Golden Globes ignored her shows until they were hits.

Rhimes reasons: “HFPA rejected our press conference. Until it was a “surprise hit” (Grey’s, Scandal, Murder -SURPRISE!) And yet they STILL asked me to show up in person to present at the Globes. We’re not the only ones. This is why HFPA’s house is on fire.They lit the flame w/their own ignorance.”

She adds: “And I’m the lucky one. More important: think of all the great talent and shows out there that never even got a chance.”

Rhimes’ observation comes on the heels of a published report on TheWrap.com that the HFPA routinely ignored Black movies and TV shows.

The HFPA said last night they would add 13 Black journalists to their group immediately after Hollywood publicists threaten to pull their clients from Golden Globes activities.

The HFPA is really in hot water in ways I never imagined, and I criticized them a lot over the years. But this was bound to happen. Where they’re going to find 13 Black journalists living in L.A. who cover foreign countries is a mystery to me. But I nominate Wilson Morales of BlackFilmandTV. Even though he lives in New York, Morales could cover for any country and is one of the top movie journalists of any color or continent. Just a suggestion.

As for Rhimes, she’s right when she says she’s not alone. So much of TV is ignored by awards groups. I really think once a show has won Best Drama or Comedy that should be it, no more. Actors, writers, directors that’s different. But once the basic gist a show has won, that’s enough. Shows don’t need to win six times.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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