Embrace yourselves for Thursday nights because Annalise Keating is taking over. That’s Viola Davis’ character, and if anyone can get away with murder, she’s it.
I never thought that any guilty pleasure drama could rival Scandal, but I was proven wrong with How To Get Away With Murder. I’m not saying that Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) is any fiercer than Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington), but I am saying, I wouldn’t want to see these two ladies fight. Here are five reasons HTGAWM is the best new drama of the season.
‘How To Get Away With Murder’: 5 Reasons Why You Need To Watch Viola Davis’ Legal Drama
Shonda Rhimes, you did it again.
After 10 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy and three of Scandal, the show creator aka goddess, 44, has still got it. Her new legal drama centers on a fierce law professor, Annalise Keating (Viola Davis), and her obsessed students who will do anything to win her over — even if it means getting involved in a murder case.
I’ve been watching Grey’s and Scandal since their pilots, and this pilot….well, no words.
Actually, I have a lot of words to describe my obsession with all of your future obsession so here are 5 reasons why HTGAWM will become your next guilty pleasure.
It’s Getting Hot In Here
If you know anything about Shonda, you know she likes love triangles (hello, Olivia, Fitz and Jake) and hot hookups (oh hi, closet in the ER, you look like a good place to have sex in). Needless to say, HTGAWM already has three hot hookups and they’re all unexpected — and all exposed in the pilot.
Students with professors! Students with students! Even Annalise gets into the mix. Bad teacher!
The Next Olivia Pope?
Like I said before, no one can be better than Ms. Pope, but Prof. Keating sure can live up to her in the badass department. Viola Davis’ character is the Olivia Pope of the legal dramas and murder mysteries. She’s fierce, doesn’t take no for an answer and won’t let anyone get in her way.
However, Annalise strikes some stark differences from Olivia. For starters, she’s married. Well…just wait.
I love seeing these women carry their own shows and can’t wait for them to own the night, along with Ellen Pompeo. #TGIT.
Class Is In Session With Fresh Faces
There’s also another much younger version of Olivia Pope in the cast, and she goes by the name of Michaela Pratt (Aja Naomi King). She’s just a student, but she shares the same tenacity as her perfectly terrifying professor. “I want to be her,” Michaela says on the first episode, watching over Prof. Keating killing it. (Literally?)
Michaela, a perfectionist, is one of Annalise’s star students, along with the other lucky hopeful lawyers who are selected to work at her firm during their course. Wes Gibbins (Alfred Enoch), Connor Walsh (Jack Falahee), Laurel Castillo (Karla Souza) and Asher Millstone (Matt McGorry) round out the other main clique of cutthroat law students, and they all click so well together.
It’s great to see fresh faces (although Alfred, you can’t get away from your Harry Potter fame!) take on a high-profile series together. This group reminds me of the first round of interns we all grew to know and love in Grey’s Anatomy. (I’m talkin’ about the Izzy and George days.)
Katie Findlay (The Carrie Diaries, The Killing) also stars, as Wes’ mysterious, but likable, neighbor who works at the neighborhood bar and probably happens to be involved in a student’s death on campus.
Casting an Academy Award nominee in the lead role proves that television is just that good these days. Even if it’s a bit soapy and lot of a guilty pleasure, Viola’s acting chops are put to the test in her twisted role — I mean, she teaches a course that she calls “How To Get Away With Murder” for crying out loud.
Yes, the word “murder” is in the show’s title. But still, I didn’t expect so much of it in the first episode. The pilot alone showcases two dead bodies. Creepily enough, I can’t wait for more.
How To Get Away With Murder premieres Sept. 25 (10/9c), as part of ABC’s “TGIT” night.
HollywoodLifers, are you excited for How To Get Away With Murder? Let us know if you’ll be watching. (We will!)
— Elizabeth Wagmeister
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