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

Watch Full Trailer For New Viola Davis/Shonda Rhimes Drama '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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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!


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


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


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

D.C. Kirkwood

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!!!!!!!!!!!


Is that the black dude from Harry Potter?

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