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Coffee Talk: Shonda Rhimes Sells New Drama to ABC

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Shonda Rhimes attends the 2013 TIME 100 Gala at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.
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See what we're chatting about over muffins and coffee:

• Shona Rhimes has the golden touch! Hollywood's newest TV titan has sold yet another show to ABC. Rhimes along with KJ Steinberg will produce and bring to life Lawless, a drama about a lawyer who returns to her hometown to repair her past. It's inspired by the real-life story of the truck-driver-turned-lawyer Wynona Ward. It's unclear who Rhimes and Steinberg will cast as the lead actor or when they will begin writing a pilot. [Deadline]

• Spike Lee, who recently kicked off his Kickstarter campaign, says someone should create a documentary about Trayvon Martin's life. "I'm not saying that I'm going to do it, but I hope that there is something," said Lee. "The first thing I think is there should be a documentary [about Trayvon Martin] before they do a narrative of it. I'm not saying that I'm doing either, I'm just saying that I would like to see it." [Grio]

• Russell Simmons has teamed up with Universal Music Group to launch a brand new label specifically for YouTube artists, All Def Music. Simmons also partnered with Brian Robbins and Steve Rifkind on the project, which will officially launch later this year. "I look forward to working with the extraordinary talent from the vastly creative YouTube ecosystem in the same way I've worked with musicians, poets, comedians and designers all my life," said Simmons. [Vibe]

• Details are rolling in about Chrissy Teigen and John Legend's upcoming wedding this fall. According to People, the couple plan to have a beachfront wedding complete with an 11-day honeymoon in the Maldives, the same location Legend proposed. "We are spending half of the time eating the great food that we love, and the other half basking in the sun on a tropical beach," said Teigen at her swimwear launch in Miami. [People]

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