It’s not easy these days to come up with a new hit show for network TV. There’s so much competition vying for our attention between Netflix, the internet and social media, the bar has been set a lot higher these days.
If you do venture into those wild waters with something new, it’s best that a known commodity be behind it. How To Get Away with Murder has just that. It comes from one of most successful show creators out there - Shonda Rhimes. Everything she touches seems to turn to gold.
Her medical drama, Grey’s Anatomy was ranked the highest rated drama in a key age group 18-49, has won many awards and is about to kick off its 11th season. (10 seasons is the usual pinnacle). Rhimes’ newer entry, Scandal, that started in 2012 also ranks as one of the highest rated dramas on television.
She has had her miss-steps, though. The Practice, a spin off of Grey’s only lasted two seasons, and several other shows never got off the ground.
We Philadelphia residents have more of a stake in Murder’s success since the story is based here. Yes, the show is filled with our landmarks like City Hall, and it would be nice to have the work for actors and crew if it continued to film here but after the first episode, production moved to Los Angeles for the remainder of the series.
Other locales used in the first episode include Bryn Mawr College although it’s named something else in the show.
The star of this legal thriller, Viola Davis moves from the big screen (Doubt, The Help) to her television close-up. I saw a preview of the first episode recently at 6ABC studios on City Avenue, and by all accounts, she rocked it.
I had a little trouble with the show being very dark, visually. There were a lot of nighttime scenes that made it hard to make out the faces. If the audiences can get past that, and get hooked into the storyline and characters, the series could catch on…. as long as we can take ourselves away from Facebook and You Tube long enough to watch.
Premieres Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 10:00 - 11:00 pm on 6ABC
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Viola Davis - (photo by ABC/Bob D’Amico)