Shonda Rhimes is currently one of the most prolific television producers of the 21st century, and the only producer to have an entire night's worth of programming dedicated to shows that she produces. ABC's #TGIT block has revolutionized how television treats producers as a creative talent, and now ShondaLand is premiering a brand-new show to the ever-growing brand. The Catch premieres on March 24 at 10:00 p.m. ET, and it is an entirely unique creation. Despite being a far more realistic setup than How To Get Away With Murder's murder-as-internship premise, or the increasingly unlikely events that plague Grey-Sloan Memorial Hospital in Grey's Anatomy, The Catch is not based on a true story.
It tells the tale of Private Investigator Alice Vaughan as she tries to rebuild her life after she discovers that her fiancé is actually a skilled con artist that was using her as his mark. While there is a precedent for con artists taking advantage of the wealthy, it seems as though this revenge story, like all of Rhimes' tales, is entirely a product of the writers. While The Catch is a fictional show inspired by a real type of crime, there's no telling where this story will go. However, based on other ShondaLand trends, I can predict some things that are bound to turn up on The Catch.
Strong Women Who Get What They Fight For
Like many of the women of ShondaLand, Alice Vaughan has been wronged in a big way and seems to be willing to do whatever it takes to get what's hers back. While Alice is the star of the series, she's also surrounded by other badass women with agenda that will help or hinder Alice's quest for revenge.
A Steamy Romance
In the real-world, it's likely that after someone has discovered that their fiancé is a con artist who has taken all of their money and ruined their reputation, they would stop seeing each other in a romantic light. However, we're not talking about the real world — we're talking about ShondaLand.
A Diverse, Complicated Cast
Rhimes' shows have one of the best track records on television for ensuring that their casts are accurate representations of the world. Prominent roles are given to men and women of color, and gay relationships are given just as much focus as straight relationships. We'll likely see more of that diversity on The Catch.
ShondaLand shows seem to love catching their audiences off-guard. Sudden deaths, shocking reveals, these are all regular territory. The Catch begins with someone getting the biggest plot twist of their entire life, and more twists and turns are sure to follow suit.
Wine — Lots of Wine
Characters of ShondaLand shows seem to love wine more than just about any other type of alcoholic beverage there is. And, the shows pair well with wine for viewers, too.
The Catch may be fiction, but it's a fictional story told by a very reliable group of creatives. While it's not clear where the story of Alice Vaughan's lost life will go, fans of other ShondaLand shows will know to expect all of the things that make ABC's #TGIT so special. So, grab a bottle of your favorite red for March 24, and enjoy the premiere of the latest addition to television's most dramatic family of shows.
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