‘For The People’ Courts Viewers, In & Out Of The Courtroom

For The People may be a courtroom show, but since it’s produced by Shonda Rhimes, you can expect it to play out like a soap opera, too. One of its stars, Britt Robertson, says the show strikes a great balance between its characters’ professional and personal lives. (Click on the media bar below to hear Britt Robertson)

For the People airs Tuesday nights at 10/9c on ABC.

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Jaina Lee Ortiz Thrilled To Be Shondaland’s Newest Leading Lady On ‘Station 19’

When the new Grey’s Anatomy” spinoff, Station 19, premieres next month, it will feature something unusual: a Latina in the lead role. Jaina Lee Ortiz gives a lot of credit to the show’s producer, Shonda Rhimes, for putting the spotlight on strong women in her shows. (Click on the media bar below to hear Jaina Lee Ortiz)

Station 19 joins the ABC Thursday night lineup on March 22.

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‘For The People’ Stars Get Their Law In Order

Shonda Rhimes has a new show coming to ABC next month, the legal drama For The People. It follows a group of new lawyers as they work on cases in the Southern District of New York federal court, a venue known for handling some of the country’s biggest trials. While the lawyers battle it out in court — some work for the defense, some for the prosecution — we also see the trials and tribulations of their personal lives. (Of course, being a Shonda Rhimes show, you know those personal lives will all get intertwined in drama somehow!) But when we talked to the stars of the show — Wesam Keesh, Rege-Jean Page, Jasmin Savoy Brown, and Britt Robertson — they told us they were really excited about showing how the justice system really works. (Click on the media bar below to hear Wesam Keesh, Rege-Jean Page, Jasmin Savoy Brown, and Britt Robertson)

For The People premieres Tuesday, March 13 on ABC.

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The Show That Changed The Face Of Medicine (Literally): ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

Some TV shows simply entertain people. Some are meant to inform people. And then, there are some that find a way to change people’s lives.

According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, the number of women newly enrolled in medical schools last year reached a record high last year. And, for the first time ever, the number of women starting their medical studies was surpassed their male counterparts.

Interestingly enough, the number of female applicants experienced its greatest jump in 2006 — the year after Grey’s Anatomy premiered. At the time, a female-fronted medical drama on TV was groundbreaking; apparently, a lot of young women also found it inspiring.

All of this came as somewhat of a surprise to the show’s creator, Shonda Rhimes. Her goal for Grey’s was to do something different and show characters she hadn’t seen on television before, and she’s amazed — not to mention extremely proud — to see how big of a difference it’s made in the real world.  (Click on the media bar below to hear Shonda Rhimes)

Grey’s Anatomy, now in its 14th season, airs Thursday night at 8/7c on ABC.

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After 300 Episodes, Shonda Rhimes Sees The Impact Of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

148090_8916When Grey’s Anatomy started life as a midseason replacement for ABC in the Spring of 2005, it debuted without much fanfare and with little hope of long-term survival. Not only did it survive, it thrived — now in its 14th season, Grey’s is about to hit a major milestone: Its 300th episode. Creator Shonda Rhimes admits she had no idea how big or how socially powerful her show would become. All she wanted to do, she says, was tell interesting stories. (Click on the media bar below to hear Shonda Rhimes)

Grey’s Anatomy celebrates its 300th episode this Thursday night at 8/7c on ABC.

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