“Inventing Anna” — the first show Shonda Rhimes has composed for Netflix, and the first show she’s made since “Scandal” made its debut in 2012 — will debut in February.
“Inventing Anna” follows the gigantic achievement of “Bridgerton,” which Rhimes and her organization Shondaland executive produced. Season 2 of “Bridgerton” will likewise debut in 2022.
In May 2018, when Rhimes read Jessica Pressler’s New York Magazine story “How Anna Delvey Tricked New York’s Party People” — a viral journalistic accomplishment that detailed the scammy enterprises of an charming youthful Russian woman, who had grifted New Yorkers — she quickly wanted to option the story.
The article was Rhimes’ first significant acquisition for her Netflix talent deal, which had started in August 2017. The nine-episode limited series started production in fall 2019 in New York City, and afterward needed to complete a full year after the fact due to the pandemic. “Inventing Anna’s” exact debut date in February will be declared at a later time.
On “Inventing Anna,” “Veep’s” Anna Chlumsky plays Vivian, a reporter dependent on Pressler, and Julia Garner, the Emmy winner from “Ozark,” plays Anna, the object of everybody’s obsessions and projections. “Inventing Anna” is told through Vivian’s eyes, as she reports the story through talking with individuals in Anna’s life whom she impacted, either on the grounds that they’d been charmed by her or she’d taken from them — or both.
Shondaland linchpins Katie Lowes, Anna Deavere Smith, Jeff Perry and Kate Burton are among the cast, as are Arian Moayed (“Succession”), Alexis Floyd (“The Bold Type”), Anders Holm (“Workaholics”) and Laverne Cox (“Orange Is the New Black”).