Get ready for an overdose of Shondaland! Veteran TV producer Shonda Rhimes's two shows currently on the air — ABC's Grey's Anatomy and Scandal — will move up one hour next season to make room on the network's Thursday night slate for her new show, How to Get Away With Murder.
That's right — Thursday nights on ABC will belong to Shonda, and we viewers will be treated to three full hours of her programming.
Here's how it will look: Season 11 of Grey's Anatomy will air at 8 p.m. on Thursday nights, Season 4 of Scandal will follow at 9 p.m., and How to Get Away With Murder will make its debut at 10 p.m.
That new contender follows a group of law students and their enigmatic professor (played by Viola Davis) who become entangled in a murder case on campus.
Scheduling Murder with Grey's and Scandal is a smart move for ABC, since fans who like one Shondaland show will likely like all Shondaland shows as they all feature high stakes, stressful professions, messy personal lives, diverse characters, impassioned monologues, beautiful actors, etc.
What remains to be seen, however, is how the time shifts will affect the content of Grey's and Scandal. Shows airing at 8 p.m. tend to be a bit more family-friendly, and each subsequent timeslot allows for more progressively racier storylines.
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