Shonda Rhimes and ABC have offered viewers a sneak peek at the network's new Thursday night lineup and Rhimes's new series, "How to Get Away With Murder," and there's only one way to describe it: "Buckle up."
Those words come from "Scandal" star Kerry Washington, who sat down with Rhimes as well as the stars of the other Thursday night shows, Ellen Pompeo from "Grey's Anatomy" and Viola Davis from "Murder," to discuss what's in store for their characters and how the all-Rhimes lineup will excite audiences this fall. Rhimes said the programming would be an "edge of your seats three-hour block of time," and based on the glimpses offered of all three series, it's hard to disagree.
Rhimes described "Murder" as "a very sexy, fast-paced look at the law," featuring Davis as Annalise Keating, a defense attorney and law professor whose provocative style in the courtroom and in the classroom attract a dedicated group of admirers. Davis dished about her freshman series, noting that "a band of very interesting students find themselves sitting on both sides of the law."
"It will keep you on your toes and keep you guessing," the Oscar nominee said of the show.
"It is very daring," Rhimes added of the lineup. "If you like great drama, that's where you come."
ABC is bringing back its TGIF branding for the programming block in the form of #TGIT -- Thank God It's Thursday. That seems like the perfect fit for Rhimes and co. (and perhaps will solve the problem of How to Tweet About "Murder").
"Grey's Anatomy" debuts in its new 8 p.m. timeslot on September 25, followed by "Scandal" at 9 p.m. and "How to Get Away With Murder" at 10 p.m.