How To Get Away With Murder - TV Show

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

Photo credits and captions:

Viola Davis - (photo by ABC/Bob D’Amico)

Annalise Keating (Academy-Award Nominee Viola Davis) is everything you hope your Criminal Law professor will be - brilliant, passionate, creative and charismatic. She's also everything you don't expect - sexy, glamorous, unpredictable and dangerous. As fearless in the courtroom as she is in the classroom, Annalise is a defense attorney who represents the most hardened, violent criminals - people who've committed everything from fraud to arson to murder - and she'll do almost anything to win their freedom. Each year, Annalise selects a group of the smartest, most promising students to come work at her law firm. Working for Annalise is the opportunity of a lifetime, one that can change the course of our students' lives forever, which is exactly what happens when they find themselves involved in a murder plot that will rock the entire university. 
A scene from How to Get Away with Murder with Viola Davis and her students (photo by ABC/Nicole Rivelli)
A sexy, suspense-driven legal thriller about a group of ambitious law students and their brilliant, mysterious criminal defense professor. They become entangled in a murder plot and will shake the entire university and change the course of their lives.
Another scene from the show with Viola Davis and Tom Verica (Photo by ABC/Nicole Rivelli)
Shonda Rhimes, Executive Producer and show creator (Photo by ABC/CRAIG SJODIN)