Fans of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” can rejoice: Shonda Rhimes has another show in the pipeline for ABC. “How To Get Away With Murder” follows Annalise Keating (“The Help’s” Viola Davis) as a criminal law professor and defense attorney who represents the most violent of criminals.
Keating appears to have it all but is forced to confront secrets about her life when she befriends Nate, a local detective (Billy Brown).
Each year, Keating has her most promising students come work for her at her law firm, but when one of her students becomes involved with a murder suspect who Annalise is representing, her students’ morals, values, and convictions come into question.
The show features what some would say a “morally questionable character” and when asked about that at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, Viola Davis said, “I think I’m always confused when people say that people are morally questionable, because I think we’re all morally questionable. I think that we so much act on nature and not on morals. So I found her to be a realistic protagonist. I find her to be very human, as we all are, that we all have gray areas. And that was the attraction for me. ”
When asked about the somewhat long hashtag for the show (#HTGAWM), Rhimes replied, “We don’t consider hashtags when we write shows.”
“How To Get Away With Murder” premieres Thursday, Sept. 25, at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.