Netflix announces producer Shonda Rhimes’ upcoming eight-episode murder mystery drama series, The Residence, which is set at the White House.
Netflix has landed Shonda Rhimes’ new murder mystery series. The Emmy-nominated producer and her longtime partner Betsy Beers score another deal for the popular streaming service after previous hits with Bridgerton and one of the most-watched shows of 2022, Inventing Anna, a limited series about the scam artist Anna Sorokin who conned thousands of dollars from her victims. Now, Rhimes’ production company, ShondaLand, is set to roll out yet another series for the streaming giant.
THR reports that the new murder mystery series, The Residence, will be produced in-house at Netflix with For the People creator, Paul William Davies, at the helm. The eight-episode whodunit will use Kate Anderson Bower’s New York Times bestselling book, The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House, as inspiration for the Rhimes-produced series. The non-fiction exposé details first-hand accounts from the expansive staff of hardworking maids and butlers who serve the tenants of the White House and their very important guests. Rhimes’ new series will place a murder at the center of this world, a conceit that has previously crossed the big screen with Murder at 1600 starring Wesley Snipes.
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Shonda Rhimes has a track record of inserting drama at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, as seen with the ABC hit show Scandal, which revolved around a relationship between a cunning Washington D.C. fixer (Kerry Washington) and the President of the United States (Tony Goldwyn). The official logline of The Residence reads: “132 rooms. 157 suspects. One dead body. One wildly eccentric detective. One disastrous State Dinner. The Residence is a screwball whodunnit set in the upstairs, downstairs, and backstairs of the White House, among the eclectic staff of the world’s most famous mansion.” No additional details about casting or crew for the upcoming show have been announced.
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