Is Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes trying to make effective killers of us all? The new ABC show she's executive-producing is titled How to Get Away With Murder — written by Grey's/Scandal writer Pete Nowalk — and the just-released trailer reveals how to do just that.
Apparently, all it takes is three easy steps, which are laid out by defense attorney Annalise Keating — played by two-time Oscar nominee Viola Davis — a professor of the (fictional) Middleton Law School.
"I don't know what terrible things you've done in your life up to this point," she tells students on the first day of the course Criminal Law 100. "But clearly your karma's out of balance to get assigned to my class."
In the rest of the preview, we see that Annalise uses a challenging assignment to parse out the class's overachievers — four of whom will become her colleagues.
"Everything after this moment will not only determine your career but life," she tells one kid. "You can spend it in a corporate office drafting contracts and hitting on chubby paralegals before finally putting a gun in your mouth, or you can join my firm and become someone you actually like."
And Annalise's strategies are just as questionable as her pep talks. She leads by example — e.g. getting a witness lie on the stand — and her proteges follow her lead — like the one student who gets Annalise evidence by sleeping with someone.
But her students' biggest test is revealed at the end of the trailer, when we see them gathered in the woods, trying to figure out what to do with the dead body between them.
Sex, lies, and high stakes? Sounds like a Shondaland hit to us!