Shonda Rhimes Reveals How 'Buffy' Helped Her Rediscover TV

"It felt very fresh and new"

Shonda Rhimes says one very special vampire hunter helped reinforce her love of television.

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"I was very inspired by Buffy, mainly because it felt very fresh and new and like something that hadn't been on television before," Rhimes says of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. "I felt like I rediscovered television again by binge watching the first — I think it was the first five or six seasons of it— in a row when I was a new mother. "

The Joss Whedon series ran from 1997-2003, and as with Rhimes' staples such as Scandal and Grey's Anatomy, centered on a strong female protagonist.

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Rhimes, who graces the cover of the Oct. 17 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine, has plenty more to say about topics such as the "angry black woman" controversy and her shows. 

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