Spring of 2008 was a magical time. Danica Patrick had just become the first woman to win an Indy car race. IRON MAN was released in theaters, ushering in a new era of movies about super-powered white dudes, many of whom would be named Chris. And a young upstart congressman named John McCain watched in amusement as Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton fought bitterly over the Democratic nomination, practically assuring his victory.
Oh, and one other thing happened: We recorded this fabulous interview with Shonda Rhimes, whose show GREY’S ANATOMY was getting ready to finish up its fourth season. It was part of our ANATOMY OF A SCRIPT series, hosted by the inimitable Winnie Holzman (WICKED, MY SO-CALLED LIFE) and Robin Schiff (ROMY & MICHELE’S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION).
Here’s the interview in two parts – note particularly one point (in part one) at which Shonda mentions the value of having created the best product you can, and the good feeling that gives you as a creator. And please note: Winnie and Robin reference pitch documents and other materials from the show. These are available in the library, and you can come in and read them whenever we’re open! However, they’re not currently available on PDF (as Robin mentions at least once) and we can’t distribute them digitally.