Actor Isaiah Washington attends the 19th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards at Barker Hangar on January 16, 2014 in Santa Monica, California
*Seven years after he was kicked off “Grey’s Anatomy” for allegedly using a gay slur, ABC says Isaiah Washington will return to the medical drama for a guest appearance in May.
Washington exited Shonda Rhimes’ series in 2007 after an on-set altercation the year before, in which he was accused of hurling an anti-gay epithet at another cast member at the time, T.R. Knight.
Washington’s return as Dr. Preston Burke will coincide with the announced departure of series star Sandra Oh at the season’s end in May. Her character, Dr. Cristina Yang, was engaged to Washington’s Burke at one point in the long-running drama.
*Yes! Another black female lead coming to TV screens.
Another potential series for Black Twitter to get behind?
Well, maybe — especially since Shonda Rhimes is bringing Viola Davis right along to star as the lead in a new ABC drama, “How to Get Away With Murder.”
Kerry Washington was all smiles at her baby shower at Shonda Rhimes’ home on Feb. 23
*Kerry Washington’s baby shower took place on Sunday (Feb. 23), with approximately 60 friends and relatives — including Jane Fonda, Regina King, and Washington’s “Scandal” costar Darby Stanchfield – gathered at the Hancock Park home of show creator Shonda Rhimes.
Washington is expecting her first child with husband Nnamdi Asomugha this year.
The shower took place under an open-air canopy in Rhimes’ backyard, a source tells Us Weekly. Invitees started arriving at around 11 a.m., at which point they were escorted to the pool area for drinks and appetizers.
*Aja Naomi King has been cast in ABC/ABC Studios’ drama pilot, “How To Get Away With Murder, produced by Shonda Rhimes and her Shondaland partner Betsy Beers.
It’s described as a sexy, suspense-driven legal thriller that follows ambitious law students and their brilliant and mysterious criminal defense professor who become entangled in a murder plot.
King will play one of the law students, the ambitious and confident Michaela Pratt. She also has a recurring role on ABC/ABC Studios’ “The Black Box.”
*Shonda Rhimes, the woman who created “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” is fed up with GOP blowhards like Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor who clearly has a problem with insurance-covered contraception
“Our party stands for the recognition of the equality of women and the capacity of women. That’s not a war on them, it’s a war for them,” he said.
“And if the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing for them a prescription each month for birth control, because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of the government, then so be it,” Huckabee added.
Teamwork: Betsy Beers (L) and Shonda Rhimes (R) will receive the 2014 Diversity Award from the Director’s Guild of America on January 25th.
*With TV series’ like “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Private Practice” and “Scandal” under her belt, you know Shonda Rhimes is big on developing rich characters that keep audiences interested and engaged.
It’s probably accurate to assume the percentage of social media usage climbs after every episode of one of her programs; with viewers giving their input on the “shoulda…coulda and woulda” of what they just witnessed. Her women characters especially, are both loved and hated because they show the dynamics of strength and vulnerability. And while scripting rich content and intriguing story lines, she utilizes the full gamut of our multicultural landscape and puts a lot of people to work in the process.
These are a few of the reasons why Rhimes and business partner, Betsy Beers, will be honored by the Directors Guild of America. This is a huge honor, because the Guild has only done this type of recognition four times in its 66-year history. The ladies will receive the 2014 Diversity Award.
DGA president Paris Barclay spoke highly of the dynamic duo.
“In the decade that Shonda and Betsy have been creating and producing buzzworthy television, their record of diverse hiring has been consistently outstanding at a time when very few television series meet that standard,” she explained. “As a result, they have impacted the careers of dozens of women and minorities—they’ve made stars not only in front of, but behind the camera as well.”
Rhimes said she’s honored to be recognized with such an honor and that it’s important to always create shows that reflect the world we all live in.
Both Rhimes and Beers will be given the honor on January 25th at DGA’s 66th annual awards.