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What is Shonda Rhimes bringing to Netflix?

Shonda Rhimes calls her roster of shows for the streaming service “Shondaland 2.0”Evan Agostini/Invision/AP/file

Last summer, Shonda Rhimes signed a multiyear deal with Netflix. Now she has announced a list of the first shows she and her production company will be bringing to the streaming service. She’s calling the new roster “Shondaland 2.0.”

The list is impressive in range, with stories ranging from Regency England to teen girls facing the apocalypse. Let’s see if they all get made, and if they do, whether or not they will get lost in Netflix’s overfilled coffers.

1. Untitled Shonda Rhimes Project: Rhimes will create this one herself, based on the New York Magazine article “How Anna Delvey Tricked New York’s Party People.” It’s about a grifter who fools wealthy Manhattanites into funding her extravagant lifestyle.


2. Untitled Bridgerton Project: Based on Julia Quinn’s best-selling novels about the Bridgerton family, this series — to be led by “Scandal” executive producer Chris Van Dusen — will take a feminist look back at romance and sex in Regency England.

3. “The Warmth of Other Suns”: Anna Deavere will adapt Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson’s 2010 book, portraying the decades-long migration of African-Americans fleeing the Jim Crow South for the North and the West.

4. “Pico & Sepulveda”: This drama, set in the 1840s, focuses on tensions in the then-Mexican state of California, as American forces threaten war at the border to claim the land.

5. “Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change”: This series will be based on Ellen Pao’s memoir about sexism in the Silicon Valley boys club, called “Reset.” Rhimes says she’ll probably write this one herself.

6. “The Residence”: Based on Kate Andersen Brower’s nonfiction book “The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House,” the series will portray White House residence staffers and the upstairs-downstairs lives they share with the first families.


7. “Sunshine Scouts”: In this comedy created by writer-actress Jill Alexander, a group of teen girls away at camp deal with an apocalyptic disaster.

8. “Hot Chocolate Nutcracker”: A documentary look at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy’s reimagining of the ballet, with an inclusive cast and a blend of dance traditions.

Matthew Gilbert can be reached at gilbert@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.