The Thursday night premier of How to Get Away With Murder, was a hit. The premier prompted positive responses throughout Facebook & Twitter as audiences were riveted by Shonda Rhimes’ new Thursday night lineup. The overwhelming feedback was that How to Get Away With Murder appears to be an interesting mix of styles from Grey’s Anatomy to Scandal. Shonda hit the nail on the head with her characters who are young and compelling- capturing a wide demographic. Not to mention the show has a certain historic cashe as it is set right here in Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love.
Shonda Rhimes, the prolific producer behind Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal has done it again. How to Get Away With Murder, was all the buzz leading up to, during and hours after premier on 6abc Thursday night. This is possibly the best revenge in response to a New York Times failed feature designed to put the spotlight on Rhimes’ ability to break down stereotypes essentially reduced the prolific showrunner to an “angry black woman.”
Social media was popping after The New York Times story went viral as audiences were furious and frustrated with what was perceived as the authors careless and linear view of women of color. The story haplessly gave Rhimes back-handed compliments, thus perpetuating stereotyping of black women as “angry,” rather than driven, talented and rightfully successful-in Rhimes’s case.
In response, producers and stars from all three shows gathered Saturday night in Hollywood to kickoff the fall’s Shondaland “TGIT” programming block. At this viewing, The Hollywood Reporter asked stars to describe Rhimes in three words and no one uttered “angry black woman. Here’s what they had to say about Shonda Rhimes,
Kerry Washington, Scandal
Brilliant, compassionate, courageous
Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder
Innovative, courageous, visionary
Kevin McKidd, Grey’s Anatomy
Inspirational, intuitive, deeply passionate
Bellamy Young, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Scandal
Tom Verica, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder
Beautiful, gifted, powerful
Caterina Scorsone, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice
Kaleidoscopic, nuanced, compassionate