The Shondaland empire continues to expand with another sale to ABC (it’s only a matter of time before that network’s entire primetime lineup – Monday through Friday – comprises of Shondaland series). This time it’s a Baghdad-set military drama that hails from Zoanne Clack and Shonda Rhimes’ Shondaland banner.
Per her resume, Zoanne Clack (photo above), prior to exploring her creative interests in television, attended medical school at UT Southwestern before doing her residency in Emergency Medicine at Emory University. She has a Masters of Public Health (MPH) in Behavioral Sciences and was a Center for Disease Control (CDC) employee in international emergency medicine.
Her most notable TV work has fittingly been on the Shondaland medical drama series “Grey’s Anatomy,” in which she has served as executive story editor, producer, and writer. She also served as medical supervisor on “ER,” and writer on “Presidio Med.”
The currently-untitled new Baghdad-set show will be something of a “period piece,” taking place in 2004, and will center on a U.S. Army Medevac team who work out of a base camp in the Iraqi capital – their trials and triumphs, as they “get on each other’s nerves, sleep with the wrong people, navigate ‘office’ politics and party like there’s no tomorrow.”
Clack will pen the script, as well as executive produce with Rhimes and Shondaland’s Besty Beers.
The project joins other previously-announced Shondaland potential series (at least 3 of them) that are currently in development at ABC.