20 items from 2014
A legal-mystery TV series, How to Get Away with Murder revolves around a college professor and defense attorney (Viola Davis) who, along with her students, gets involved with a murder case. The rest of the cast includes Tom Verica, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch, Aja Naomi King, Jack Falahee, Karla Souza, Matt McGorry, Charlie Weber, Liza Weil, and Katie Findlay.
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Scandal, Season 4, Episode 1, “Randy, Red, Superfreak and Julia”
Written by Shonda Rhimes
Directed by Tom Verica
Airs Thursdays at 9pm Est on ABC
Apparently, all Olivia Pope (and Scandal) needed was a vacation to return to form. Gone is weak and defenseless Olivia, who was last seen running away from D.C., and her problems, at the end of season 3. In her place is the Olivia Pope the audience came to love during the show’s stellar first two seasons–she’s back fighting for injustice among women and turning down her own happiness (and island escape) to help a helpless intern.
If it feels like Olivia Pope has been missing for far longer than a summer, it’s because she has–season »
- Ashley Laggan
How to Get Away with Murder, the latest primetime drama from Shonda Rhimes' Shondaland, stars Viola Davis as defense attorney and Middletown Law School professor Annalise Keating, who teaches the Criminal Law class that appropriately bears the nickname that's the show's title.
'How To Get Away With Murder' Recap
Annalise’s students include Wes Gibbons (Alfred Enoch), Connor Walsh (Jack Falahee), Michaela Pratt (Aja Naomi King), Asher Millstone (Matt McGorry) and Laurel Castillo (Karla Souza). The unlikely band of first-year law students eventually gets selected to join Annalise’s firm after proving themselves in a case that doubles as an introductory exercise in which they learn how the exacting and ruthless attorney works her magic in the court of law.
The case Annalise has the students working on with her is – not that of missing student Lila Stangard whose likeness is splashed over the halls – but that of The Aspirin Assassin. »
Episodes: Ongoing (hour)
TV show dates: September 25, 2014 -- Tbd
Series status: Has not been cancelled
TV show description:
This legal-mystery drama revolves around a college professor who, along with her students, gets intertwined in a murder case that strikes close to home.
A Criminal Law professor, Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) is brilliant, sexy, passionate, charismatic, and unpredictable. As fearless in the courtroom as she is in the classroom, Annalise is a defense attorney who represents the most hardened, violent criminals. She'll do almost anything to win their freedom.
It seems like she has it all -- including a successful »
[Spoiler Alert If You Haven't Watched The Premiere Of How To Get Away With Murder!!!]
One of the most anticipated new series of the fall, the Shonda Rhimes-produced How to Get Away With Murder, delivered a rollercoaster of a premiere that included the reveal of two dead bodies: Sam, (Tom Verica), the husband of Annalise Keating (Viola Davis), and Lila, one of Sam’s students. Who are the killer(s)? When will the mystery be solved? What would a season two of Htgawm look like? EW sat down with the series’ creator Pete Nowalk and grilled him for answers!
Entertainment Weekly: There are two dead bodies revealed in the premiere—Annalise’s husband Sam and his student Lila. »
- Tim Stack
There’s nothing quite like a nighttime autumn bonfire with a group of close friends. Sharing stories, sipping vino, maybe even toasting some marshmallows.
Of course, in the pilot for ABC’s crazy-entertaining new drama How to Get Away With Murder, it’s not so much about the crackle and glow of the flames as it is the kindling being used to fuel ‘em.
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“Oh, don’t mind us. We’re just four law-school buddies out in the middle of the woods with some lighter fluid, »
Rather, Murder is the brainchild of Shondaland vet Pete Nowalk, a non-angry white man who has penned scripts and produced for both Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal. As such, the freshman drama — premiering Thursday at 10/9c, after the Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal season openers — marks the shingle’s first non-Shonda creation to score a time slot since Jenna Bans’ Off the Map.
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In Shondaland, the population keeps growing.
The “How To Get Away With Murder” cast joined the actors from executive producer Shonda Rhimes’ two other ABC shows — medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy” and political-twisting “Scandal” — Saturday night at the Palihouse in West Hollywood to talk about the expanding #Tgit (Thank God It’s Thursday), interacting with fans on social media and working with the groundbreaking Rhimes.
Viola Davis, who will play high-power criminal law professor Annalise Keating, anchored the cast on the red carpet and shared her experiences learning about the law to prepare for her role.
“I think people will learn with each episode about the law in a way that will be accessible,” Davis told Variety. “It’s absolutely like the Book of Law for Dummies. I think that we will introduce them to the law in a way that’s exciting.”
The drama, which was created by Peter Nowalk, »
- Jordyn Holman
Recently, ABC served up this new spoiler photo for their upcoming "Scandal" season premiere episode 1 of season 4, and it features new looks at Fitz and Cyrus, making plans to do more positive things for the nation. The episode is titled, "Randy, Red, Superfreak and Julia.” The official plotline for this episode, reads like this: "Nearly two months after Olivia and Jake boarded a private jet to stand in the sun together, everything has changed. With another four years in the White House, Fitz and Cyrus will do everything they can to make a positive impact on the nation. Meanwhile, Mellie is going to struggle to cope with the loss of her son and the gladiators are going to feel the impact of Olivia’s absence." The episode was written by Shonda Rhimes and it was directed by Tom Verica. Episode 1 is set to air on Thursday night, September 25th at 9pm central time on ABC. »
Recently, ABC delivered the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Scandal" premiere episode 1 of season 4. The episode is entitled, "Randy, Red, Superfreak and Julia,” and it turns out that we'll see Fitz turn over a new ,more positive leaf for his second term, and more. In the new,1st episode press release: Fitz is going to enter his second term determined to make a positive change. Press release number 2: Nearly two months after Olivia and Jake boarded a private jet to stand in the sun together, everything has changed. With another four years in the White House, Fitz and Cyrus will do everything they can to make a positive impact on the nation. Meanwhile, Mellie is going to struggle to cope with the loss of her son and the gladiators are going to feel the impact of Olivia’s absence. Actress, Portia De Rossi (“Arrested Development”) guest stars. »
The Mouse House’s TV division has set the 12 participants for the 2014-16 Disney/ABC Directing Program.
The two-year program offers an extensive series of seminars and mentoring sessions with the goal of nurturing promising directing talent among industry pros.
Among the judges who selected the participants from more than 1,000 applications were producers from ABC’s “Scandal” and “Castle” as well as Disney Channel’s “Liv & Maddie” and “Crash and Bernstein” and reps from the Directors Guild of America.
“Our production is always on the lookout for untapped talent with a unique perspective.” said Tom Verica, co-executive producer and director of “Scandal.” “The Creative Talent Development team provides invaluable opportunities to a wide range of enormous talent. It has been our pleasure to work with several of them. We look forward to meeting the next group of talented filmmakers.”
Since its redesign in 2010, the directing program has secured over 15 directing assignments on various Datg series, »
- Shelli Weinstein
The broadcast networks have more than two dozen shows debuting this fall, including Katherine Heigl‘s TV comeback, a trip to Gotham, a third NCIS and a Flash-y Arrow offshoot. To help you prep for it all, TVLine is offering First Impressions of the not-for-review pilots.
Next up on our list….
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The Show | ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder (Thursdays at 10/9c, premiere date Tba)
The Competition | CBS’ Thursday Night Football/Elementary and NBC’s Parenthood
ABC's New Pick Ups
ABC announced this week that it would be adding nine new shows to their line-up, including Felicity Huffman’s return to television and another Marvel spinoff.
Marvel’s Agent Carter is a spinoff of Captain America: The First Avenger and will star Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter. The show will pick up in 1946, after the Captain’s death in the first Captain America film, and Agent Carter returns home to a sexist military and life as a double agent. After her dealings with Howard Stark in Captain America: The First Avenger, Agent Carter works as a spy for the Ssr (Strategic Scientific Reserve) for Mr. Stark, aka Iron Man’s father. Whether »
It’s ABC’s turn to get in on the renewal/pilot order fun, as the network has renewed three dramas and ordered a few others to series. Briefly: ABC has renewed the drama series Scandal (duh), Modern Family (more duh), Once Upon a Time, Grey’s Anatomy, Castle, Revenge, The Goldbergs, The Middle, and freshman show Resurrection to return next season. The network has also ordered three new dramas to series: the Viola Davis-fronted legal thriller How to Get Away with Murder from creator Shonda Rhimes, the racially charged American Crime from 12 Years a Slave scribe John Ridley, and the alien-invasion show The Whispers from executive producer Steven Spielberg. On the comedy side, the pilots for Anthony Anderson’s Black-ish, the Karen Gillan-fronted Selfie, the romantic comedy Manhattan Love Story, and creator Dan Fogelman’s (The Neighbors) musical fairy tale Galavant have been ordered to series. Hit »
- Adam Chitwood
Scandal, Season 3, Episode 18, “The Price of Free and Fair Elections”
Directed by Tom Verica
Airs Thursdays at 10pm Est on ABC
On this week’s Scandal, Fitz loses a son but wins an election, Olivia and Jake abandon D.C., Mellie’s secret is revealed, and Rowan Pope turns out to be the season’s biggest bad.
Though this season’s had some pretty wild ups (everything involving Rowan Pope) and downs (the Quinn, Huck, and Charlie love triangle), “The Price of Free and Fair Elections” closes season three on a relatively high note–literally, as Olivia Pope, who hasn’t been wholly herself in quite a while, finally takes up her father’s season opening offer and jets out of the city with Jake. Her choosing to flee the city is the final disappointment in a season full of them; it’s »
- Ashley Laggan
Last night, ABC released the new promo/spoiler clip (below) for their upcoming "Scandal" finale episode 18 of season 3, and it appears that things will get crazy dramatic and shocking as a major bomb explodes, guns get drawn, and more! The episode is titled, "The Price of Free and Fair Elections." In the new finale episode 18, Election Day has arrived and nothing is going to be off limits as the candidates try to acquire votes. In the meantime, Olivia is going to attempt to understand Maya's mindset. Then we'll see Charlie attempt to make a very shocking move, and more. Guest star intel has not yet been released. The episode was written by Shonda Rhimes and Mark Wilding ,and it was directed by Tom Verica. The finale episode 18 is scheduled to air on Thursday night, April 17th at 9pm central time on ABC. »
Recently, ABC served up the new,official,synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Scandal" finale episode 18 of season 3. The episode is entitled, "The Price of Free and Fair Elections," and it sounds like things will get pretty intense and intriguing as Charlie attempts to make a startling move, Olivia tries to empathize with Maya, and more. In the new,18th finale episode press release: Election Day has arrived and nothing is going to be off limits as the candidates try to capture votes. Meanwhile, Olivia is going to try to understand Maya's motives ,and Charlie will make a very surprising move. Guest stars have not yet been revealed. The episode was written by Shonda Rhimes and Mark Wilding ,and it was directed by Tom Verica. The finale episode 18 is set to air on Thursday night, April 17th at 9pm central time on ABC. »
Tom Verica (American Dreams) has joined the cast of ABC drama pilot How To Get Away With Murder starring Viola Davis and executive produced by Shonda Rhimes. The sexy, suspense-driven legal thriller centers on ambitious law students and their brilliant and mysterious criminal defense professor, Annalise Dewitt (Davis), who become entangled in a murder plot that could rock their entire university and change the course of their lives. Paradigm-repped Verica will play Annalise’s husband Tom, a psychology professor who comes from a long line of academic royalty. Morgan Spector (The Last Airbender) is set as a series regular in the NBC drama pilot Coercion, based on an Israeli format. The high-octane thriller revolves around the O’Connor family and their son, Alex (Gavin Stenhouse), a decorated American war hero and CIA analyst. Unbeknownst to him, both of his parents and his sister are part of a dormant Russian sleeper »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Scandal, Season 3, Episode 11, “Ride, Sally, Ride”
Written by Raamla Mohamed
Directed by Tom Verica
Airs Thursdays at 10pm Est on ABC
On this week’s Scandal, Sally Langston announces her intent to run as a third party candidate in the upcoming elections while still remaining Vice President, Fitz finds a new Vice President, Olivia and Mellie make an agreement, Harrison reunites with an old friend, and Jake denies Quinn membership to B613.
Thus far, Scandal‘s go-to formula is a melting pot of backstabbing, affairs, double dealings, and constantly-shifting alliances, and, three-and-a-half seasons in, this formula has yet to fail: “Ride, Sally, Ride” shows Scandal still knows exactly what it’s doing. At this point, most ordinary shows would’ve have faltered long ago, but not Scandal–this cast and crew shows no signs of slowing down or stopping.
Every once in a while, Scandal employs a new visual technique »
- Ashley Laggan
When the weather outside is frightful, the spoilers inside are extra delightful. We've got the latest scoop on Bones, some fresh intel on the new faces on USA's Graceland and a delectable Vampire Diaries treat to warm you up. Plus, a new scrappy badass is coming to Grimm, The Flash cast is starting to take shape and more. Grab a blanket and warm yourself by the spoiler fire with us. Don't worry, we've saved you the best seat in the house. Gisele: Scandal me, please! Are Fitz and Olivia taking another trip to Vermont?! Just us or does the counter in this photo, posted by co-ep Tom Verica, look awfully familiar? Allison: Dying for any Glee info! Before we leave »
20 items from 2014
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