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Shonda Rhimes has created television's mega-hits Grey's Anatomy and Scandal with swoon-worthy leading men and mind-blowing twists. Now, the showrunner is adding "author" to her long list of accomplishments as well.

Rhimes' new book, The Year of Yes, chronicles a year of her life after she decided to say "yes" to unexpected invitations in December 2013.

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Shondaland Crossover: See Which Grey's, Murder and Scandal Stars Have Appeared in Other #TGIT Shows

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Shondaland is a small world.

Loyal #TGIT viewers know that creator, writer, producer, showrunner and all-around queen Shonda Rhimes has her own squad of actors whom she casts across her kingdom of ABC dramas.

Before Jeff Perry was Scandal's ruthless (but recently dethroned) chief of staff Cyrus Beene, he was Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo)'s negligent father Thatcher on Grey's Anatomy. And in a delicious twist, Thatcher was married to the genius but emotionally abusive surgeon Ellis, aka Kate Burton, who now plays yet another onscreen adversary for Perry: Sally Langston, the Southern belle vice president turned unhinged conservative pundit who just outed Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington)'s affair with President Fitz (Tony Goldwyn).

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9 Crucial Life Lessons We've Learned from ShondaLand

Originally posted 09/25/2015 02:50 PM

9 Crucial Life Lessons We've Learned from ShondaLand

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Summer has been hard without our shows.

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In three seasons on Grey's Anatomy, Jerrika Hinton's character Dr. Stephanie Edwards has seen her fair share of drama.

Her fellow intern died in a freak electrocution. She dated sensitive plastic surgeon Dr. Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams), only to have him publicly dump her at a wedding for the runaway bride, Dr. April Kepner (Sarah Drew). Oh, and she faced suspension after lying to cover for her boss, the crusading Dr. Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson), injecting a patient with HIV against his parents' consent. (For the record, her method totally worked.)

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#TBT with #TGIT: The Most Shocking Shondaland Moments

Originally posted 09/21/2015 11:15 AM

#TBT with #TGIT: The Most Shocking Shondaland Moments

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Shonda Rhimes is famous for her shock factor – and in Grey's Anatomy, How to Get Away with Murder and Scandal, there isn't an episode that goes by where it doesn't rear its head. Here, the most jaw-dropping of these plot twists

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TGIT! Study This Cheat Sheet Before Scandal, Grey's Anatomy and How to Get Away with Murder Return to TV

The moment we've all been waiting for is almost here – and we can hardly contain our excitement.

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Martin Henderson Already Has His Mc-Nickname Picked Out for Grey's Anatomy

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When Patrick Dempsey's character Dr. Derek Shepherd was killed off in Grey's Anatomy back in April, the role of sexy doctor was suddenly up for grabs. Thankfully, the folks at Shondaland have brought in hunk Martin Henderson to fill the void, and the New Zealand-born actor already has his nickname picked out!

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Patrick Dempsey Lands First Post-Grey's Anatomy Role in Bridget Jones Movie: Report | Patrick Dempsey

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Here's hoping McDreamy loves Bridget Jones just as she is.

Patrick Dempsey is in final negotiations to star in the third installment of the beloved Pride and Prejudice-inspired romcom franchise Bridget Jones's Diary, according to Deadline Hollywood.

The casting marks Dempsey's first role since he left Grey's Anatomy last season when his character, neurosurgeon Dr. Derek Shepherd, died in a car wreck after saving people from another crash.

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Find Out Why Shonda Rhimes Will Never Get Married

Originally posted 09/08/2015 01:30 PM

Shonda Rhimes on Her Decision to Never Marry: 'As Soon as I Said It Out Loud to My Family, It Was Fantastic'

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Shonda Rhimes's upcoming memoir is titled Year of Yes, but there is one important question that the revered show runner will always answer with a no: "Will you marry me?"

"I was seriously dating somebody and I was like, 'I don't want to do this,' " Rhimes, 45, tells Entertainment Weekly for its latest cover story. "We're all so conditioned to want it, I felt like there must be something wrong with me. But the minute I said it out loud to my family, it was fantastic."

The creator of Grey's Anatomy, How to Get Away with Murder and Scandal says she ultimately realized that she had been channeling those deeply held feelings into one of her characters.

"I guess I had been secretly feeling that way and writing it for Cristina," she explains, referring to Cristina Yang on Grey's (played by Sandra Oh).

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Shonda Rhimes Admits She's 'Obsessed' with Idris Elba and Spills More Fascinating Insights on Life After McDreamy and Her Leading Ladies' Futures

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There are plenty of amazing things about working for Shonda Rhimes – a job on a hit TV show, unbelievably attractive love interests, a built-in primetime family – but for Kerry Washington, the job comes with one incredible perk in particular.

"I was talking to an actress who's pregnant and really worried about telling her bosses, and I said, 'Yeah, when I told my boss I was pregnant, she literally jumped up and down in my trailer,' " the Scandal star told Entertainment Weekly when she sat down with the magazine for their epic Shondaland cover story. "I don't know if there's a male showrunner who would do that."

Of course, when you gather all of the stars of Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder in one room, plenty of secrets are going to be spilled. Sure, all of the actors seem to be on much better terms with one another than their on-screen counterparts, but that doesn't mean we can't get just as much gossip.

Here are five of the best things we learned when the #TGIT casts and their fearless leader Rhimes came together for PEOPLE, Essence and EW.

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