Shonda Rhimes Acquires Luvvie Ajayi’s ‘I’m Judging You’ for Quippy New TV Series

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Luvvie Ajayi and Shonda Rhimes might just be a match made in television heaven.

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Luvvie Ajayi

According to Deadline, Rhimes has acquired the rights to turn the Nigerian author’s New York Times best-selling book, I’m Judging You: The Do Better Manual, for a comedy series. It was announced on February 7 that Ajayi’s 2016 debut book will fall into the hands of the How to Get Away with Murder show creator and American television producer Betsy Beers under a deal with Shondaland at ABC Signature.

In her debut, Ajayi—a pop culture comedian, activist, and founder of—doles out advice for the “common senseless” in the form of a collection of hilarious essays inspiring readers to, simply put, do better in the real world.

With over 500,000 readers a month at her enormously popular blog,, Luvvie Ajayi has become a go-to source for smart takes on pop culture. I’m Judging You is her debut book of humorous essays that dissects our cultural obsessions and calls out bad behavior in our increasingly digital, connected lives—from the cultural importance of the newest Shonda Rhimes television drama to serious discussions of race and media representation to what to do about your fool cousin sharing casket pictures from Grandma’s wake on Facebook. With a lighthearted, rapier wit and a unique perspective, I’m Judging You is the handbook the world needs, doling out the hard truths and a road map for bringing some “act right” into our lives, social media, and popular culture. — synopsis of I’m Judging You: The Do Better Manual, Goodreads

We don’t know who’s the bigger fan!

If there’s anything you should know about Ajayi, other than the fact she’s a veteran online personality with over 13 years in the blogging game—she’s also a huge admirer of Rhimes’ work. And aren’t we all? Rhimes single-handedly dominates Thursdays on ABC with her TGIT lineup: Grey’s AnatomyHow to Get Away with Murder and Scandal.

So you can imagine the author’s surprise when she caught the show creator’s attention with her quippy TGIT recaps of Scandal episodes on her personal blog. Since then, the two have formed a rather budding and envious friendship.

While details of Ajayi’s newest small screen adaptation have to be revealed, one can only expect greatness with these powerhouses working together. I’m Judging You in and of itself could very well be the comedic relief this country has been craving for, given the state of our polarizing political climate.


The bigger question on the brain, though, is whether the forthcoming project will fall in place in Rhimes’ already-amazing Thursday lineup? Either way, I am here for all of it! As a big fan of Rhimes’ television work myself—How to Get Away with Murder has kept me clung to my pillow with every cliff-hanging episode—I’m totally confident that Ajayi’s book will be in good hands.

What do you think about I’m Judging You being made for the small screen?

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