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Watch Full Trailer For New Viola Davis/Shonda Rhimes Drama 'How To Get Away With Murder'

by Tambay A. Obenson
May 13, 2014 12:54 PM
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How To Get Away With Murder
How To Get Away With Murder

Here's your first look at the Viola Davis/Shonda Rhimes-created drama for ABC titled How To Get Away With Murder.

The project, produced via Rhimes' Shondaland production company, with her partner Betsy Beers, is described as a sexy, suspense legal thriller that follows a brilliant criminal defense attorney (played by Davis) and her ambitious law school students who become entangled in a murder mystery that could have major ramifications on their entire university as well as change the course of their lives.

Davis will play the lead character named Annalise DeWitt, the brilliant law professor and accomplished criminal defense attorney, who is further described as an excellent manipulator of people, particularly the law students who work at her law firm. And even juicier, she's married to a psychology professor, while also having an affair, and calls her law class "How to Get Away With Murder."

Rounding out the cast are Aja Naomi KingMatt McGorryAlfred EnochKarla SouzaJack Falahee and Charlie Weber.

Peter Nowalk (Grey's Anatomy) is scripting and executive producing the ABC drama, alongside Shondaland's Rhimes and Beers. 

Michael Offer directed the pilot, which was shot in Philadelphia.

The pilot has been picked up to series, marking Viola Davis' first full-time TV series role.

How To Get Away With Murder is one of a handful of projects that Rhimes currently has set up at ABC, thanks to previous hit series she created, Grey's Anatomy and Scandal, most recently.

I must say that this is the kind of work that I've wanted to see Viola Davis in, and I hope it delivers. I also hope it's NOTHING like Scandal, which is child's play to me. 

By the way, How To Get Away With Murder will air on Thursday nights from 10-11pm. Thursday nights will essentially be Shonda nights (we may as well call it Shonda-Day), because all 3 of her ABC series will air in primetime on that day: Grey's Anatomy (8-9 pm); Scandal (9-10 pm) and How to Get Away With Murder (10-11pm).

Watch the trailer below:

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  • TROUBLEMAKER | May 14, 2014 7:13 PMReply

    Someone on another thread stated that Viola's character is married to a white man. I really hope that's not true bcos I can't take all these IR on TV. I want to see more black women married to black men and vice versa!

  • troublemaker | May 17, 2014 7:35 AM

    @KANSAS Maybe I will take you up on that and take up knitting.

  • troublemaker | May 17, 2014 7:27 AM

    @SACHAB28 Black women married to black men are the reality not black women married to white men.

  • kansas | May 16, 2014 9:23 AM

    Maybe you should stop watching TV and take up knitting or better yet, watch programs that deal with only black families.

  • Sachab28 | May 16, 2014 8:54 AM

    IR is not a trend. It's a REALITY. Deal with.

  • troublemaker | May 15, 2014 6:41 PM

    @OJIE It's an issue bcos it seems to be a trend. First, Scandal and then The Have and Have nots. That's a lot bcos there are rarely any black leads in dramas and to put two of the black female leads with white men is ridiculous! If there were 10 drama series with black leads, then I could understand putting 2 with IR. I would like this "trend" to stop bcos as a black woman who is with a black man, we both want to see ourselves together in relationships on TV.

  • Ojie | May 15, 2014 6:13 AM

    Why is she marrying a white man an issue?

  • troublemaker | May 14, 2014 9:59 PM

    I'm talking about scripted fictional drama series not reality TV! I'm tired of seeing IR on TV!

  • Hmmm... | May 14, 2014 9:03 PM

    Someone on another thread stated that Viola's character is married to a white man. I really hope that's not true bcos I can't take all these IR on TV. I want to see more white women married to white men and vice versa!

  • TinaG | May 14, 2014 8:51 PM

    Housewives of Atlanta, Love and Hip Hop et al await you...

  • Alias | May 13, 2014 11:27 PMReply

    I'm intrigued, and will definitely check it out. Viola looks amazing!

  • Hey | May 13, 2014 6:57 PMReply

    Sorry but this reminds me of Scandal; however that's not a bad thing to me.

  • Ava | May 13, 2014 5:28 PMReply

    Strong trailer, even though they made that kid look extra daffy.

  • Jug | May 13, 2014 5:39 PM

    EXTRA daffy. And he's better than that, at least when I saw him on SHERLOCK and BROADCHURCH. In the longer trailer, his accent is highly suspect. I hope his work is better overall. But Shonda and Viola, I'm all in!

  • D.C. Kirkwood | May 13, 2014 3:53 PMReply

    Why is she having an affair just like on Scandal? Did I read that right? It wasn't necessary to have that affair plot with Fitz on Scandal. That's why I stopped watching that show after the first season. Likewise this trailer drew me in with just her performance and she can keep my attention as long as the writing and casting is strong. Why tamper with that? What's wrong with just letting these intelligent, beautiful women, just be who they are. Women who are the best at what they do. Especially since we have Being Mary Jane and The Have and the Have nots all playing the "she's having an affair card". So sad!!!!!!!!!!!

  • TROUBLEMAKER | May 14, 2014 7:22 PM

    I think that Viola's character is having an affair.

  • Dankwa Brooks | May 13, 2014 5:08 PM

    Her HUSBAND is having an affair.

  • VM | May 13, 2014 1:12 PMReply

    Is that the black dude from Harry Potter?

  • elle | May 13, 2014 1:17 PM

    dean thomas, all growed up!

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