Shonda Rhimes dominates Thursdays on network television. The writer/producer has created three series – “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal,” and “How to Get Away with Murder” – that all rank among the highest rated shows on TV, airing consecutively on Thursdays on ABC. However, despite her success, Rhimes is not above a little friendly envy for shows she herself admires, such as Comedy Central’s “Another Period.”
Entertainment Weekly has released a clip from an interview with Rhimes to promote the full cover story interview in the magazine’s upcoming Fall TV Preview issue, which hits newsstands Friday. In the clip, Rhimes is asked to name a show she wishes she had penned herself and her answer might be a wild card to many ABC TGIT ("Thank God it’s Thursday") viewers.
“A show that I absolutely wish that I had created and am obsessed with is ‘Another Period’ on Comedy Central,” says Rhimes. “I’m not that funny, but I think that show is boundlessly funny. I watch it constantly. That’s a good one.”
For those unfamiliar, “Another Period” is a new comedy series that premiered on Comedy Central in June and finished its debut season in late August. The show centers on two women, Lillian Abigail Hitler Schmemmerhorn-Fish and Beatrice Tiffani Amber Thiessen Downsy (played by series co-creators Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome, respectively), who live life like turn-of-the-century, pre-Kardashians with their wealthy, socialite family in Rhode Island. The series is a satirical spoof on reality shows, like “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” and period dramas, like “Downton Abbey."
Leggero is a veteran standup comedian who has appeared in the "Comedy Central Roast” specials for both James Franco and Justin Bieber. She has also had guest star roles in numerous acclaimed comedies from “Modern Family” to “The League.” Lindhome is a comedian best known for her work in the comedy music duo Garfunkel and Oates with Kate Micucci, who had their own series, “Garfunkel and Oates,” on IFC for one season. “Another Period” also sports a star-studded team of character actors and improv comedians, including Michael Ian Black, Christina Hendricks and Brett Gelman.
Watch a clip from “Another Period” below:
In her interview, Rhimes explained what draws her to comedies, such as “Another Period.”
“I don’t watch a lot of dramas because I’m writing dramas,” says Rhimes. “So, mostly I watch comedies during the [TV season].”
It might be a lot to ask of “Another Period” for the series to reach the ratings of any of Rhimes’ shows, but hopefully the endorsement gives the comedy series a boost. “Another Period” was renewed in August for a second season to air in 2016.