Picture Olivia Pope with a Glock 17 and a generous wig collection and you’ve got a rough sketch of Shonda Rhimes‘ next TV endeavor.
In a just-published New York Times profile, the Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal boss says she has an itch to create an Alias-esque drama series. Or, as she puts it, a show about “a woman carrying a gun and kicking people’s butts.”
Rhimes, who is an admirer of J.J. Abrams’ late ABC spy saga, admits, “[I] would have loved to have been the person who came up with it. I don’t think it’s been done by a woman. And that’s where my mind is.”
The fact that an espionage thriller would appear, at least on paper, to be outside Rhimes’ wheelhouse adds an extra layer of appeal. “I was writing a hospital show for a very long time, and that became all that anybody thought that I could write,” she says. “It’s not that I want to do [a female-spy show] because people don’t think of me as doing it, but when I do say that’s what I want to do next, and some network exec says: ‘Really? Can’t you do one of your romance triangle-y things?’ I want to strangle them. A romance triangle-y thing is not a show.”