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‘Inventing Anna’ Subject Anna Sorokin Released to House Arrest, Fights Deportation

Phony socialite and convicted swindler Anna Sorokin, whose scheme inspired a Netflix series, has been released from U.S. immigration custody to house arrest, immigration officials and her spokesperson said. Anna Sorokin is on home confinement in New York City, said her spokesperson, Juda Engelmayer. “Anna now has her opportunity to demonstrate her commitment to growing […]

‘Inventing Anna’ Ignites Defamation Suit Against Netflix

Netflix’s propensity for docudramas is landing the streamer in hot water, this time courtesy of Rachel Williams — an associate of New York City con artist Anna Sorokin. She sued the company on Monday for defamation over her portrayal in Inventing Anna. The series, based on a May 2018 New York article, showcases the scams […]

‘Inventing Anna’ Showrunner Shonda Rhimes on Why She Never Wanted to Meet the Real Anna Delvey: “She Has a Lot of Growing Up To Do”

Shonda Rhimes is one of the most prolific producers, writers and showrunners in Hollywood, one who can count shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder and Bridgerton among her credits. But recently, she dabbled in her first limited series, Netflix’s Inventing Anna, now nominated for three Emmys, including best limited series. […]

Danny Strong, Shonda Rhimes and Other Limited Series Showrunners on Their Emmy-Nominated Series

This year’s limited series race is a competitive one: three Hulu shows are up against titles from Netflix and HBO, and four of the nominees tell captivating and hard-to-believe true stories of greed, fraud and public humiliation. Creatives behind each nominated series — Dopesick‘s Danny Strong, The Dropout‘s Elizabeth Meriwether, Inventing Anna‘s Shonda Rhimes, Pam […]

The Emmys Embraced True Crime, With a Focus on Scams Over Murder

This Emmy season was stuffed with true-crime sagas, largely among the limited/anthology series. With that category’s top prize restricted to just five nominees, four of the series noms went to titles that examined high-profile crimes: Hulu’s Dopesick, The Dropout and Pam & Tommy, plus Netflix’s Inventing Anna. While fraud is at the center of each […]

How ‘Inventing Anna,’ ‘Angelyne’ and More Series Went From Magazine Pages to the Small Screen

In a TV season packed with true-crime stories ripped from newspaper headlines, four limited series found inspiration in longform magazine articles: Hulu’s The Girl From Plainville and Pam & Tommy, Peacock’s Angelyne and Netflix’s Inventing Anna. Journalist Jesse Barron first read about the case that inspired The Girl From Plainville in the news before he […]

‘Vikings: Valhalla’ Storms Up Streaming Chart

Netflix’s Vikings: Valhalla saw a sizable increase in its viewing time during its first full week on the streamer — but not quite sizable enough to dethrone Inventing Anna from the top spot. Netflix also got a strong showing from its docuseries Worst Roommate Ever, and Hulu’s limited series The Dropout debuted in the top […]

‘Inventing Anna’ Holds at No. 1 in Streaming Rankings

Shonda Rhimes’ Inventing Anna spent a second week as the top title of any sort in Nielsen’s streaming rankings. Its fellow Netflix show Love Is Blind, meanwhile, showed impressive retention of its audience, and Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel grew substantially. Inventing Anna viewers spent a little more than 2 billion minutes watching the limited […]

‘Inventing Anna,’ ‘Encanto’ Rule Nielsen Streaming Charts

Shonda Rhimes’ Inventing Anna stole big numbers in its second weekend, logging 3.3 billion minutes viewed in its first full week of play on Netflix, according to Nielsen rankings for the week of Feb. 14-20. The nine-episode original limited series first debuted on the streamer Feb. 11, amassing 1.22 billion minutes of viewing times in […]

‘Inventing Anna’ Makes Strong Debut in Streaming Rankings

Shonda Rhimes’ Inventing Anna had a big first weekend, racking up more than a billion minutes of viewing time after its premiere on Netflix. The limited series had had 1.22 billion minutes of viewing for Feb. 7-13, finishing in a virtual tie with Ozark for third place among original series in Nielsen’s streaming rankings (Anna […]

Podcasts Are Hollywood’s Source Material Du Jour

Studios are hungrier than ever for intellectual property. Comic books drive the highest-grossing films (Spider-Man: No Way Home is currently flirting with $2 billion). Magazine articles spark bidding wars shortly after publication (see Netflix’s Inventing Anna, based on a New York magazine cover story). And books are regularly optioned before they’ve even hit the shelves. […]

Critics’ Conversation: Winter TV Offered Hope Beyond the Hype

Despite buzzy big-name reboots, Shonda’s new show and, yes, a talking penis, less flashy options — a sitcom about teachers, a series with autistic leads and a Kansas-set character study — were the true standouts over the past few months, THR’s TV critics say.