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Shonda Rhimes Announces a New Show About the White House

But unlike Scandal, The Residence will focus on the lives of staffers who work with the family that lives 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
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Netflix is clearly is getting its money's worth out of that nine-figure production deal that Shonda Rhimes reportedly signed in 2017. Over the weekend, it was announced that Rhimes is bringing her take on Kate Andersen Brower's The Residence to the small screen.

Not unlike Downton Abbey, but for the most famous house in America, Brower's text is a deep dive into the people who keep 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue running: the staff of the First Family's residence.

The book spans from the Kennedy administration to Obama's and features first-person stories and extensive interviews with current and former staff members.

At this point, it is unclear if Rhimes's adaptation will be fictionalized or in a documentary style, but either way, we're excited to see her back at work on a story centered around White House drama.

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The Residence is only one of eight new projects Shonda Rhimes has announced on Netflix. The slate also includes a show centered around Anna Delvey, the notorious grifter who conned rich New Yorkers out of cash and is now incarcerated at Rikers awaiting trial, as well as an adaptation of The Warmth of Other Suns, Isabel Wilkerson’s award-winning work of narrative nonfiction about the Great Migration.

“I wanted the new Shondaland to be a place where we expand the types of stories we tell," Rhimes said, "where my fellow talented creatives could thrive and make their best work and where we as a team come to the office each day filled with excitement."

Read more on all of her upcoming projects here.

*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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