How to Get Away with Murder

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How to Get Away with Murder
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Genre Legal drama
Format Serial drama
Procedural drama
Created by Peter Nowalk
Starring Viola Davis
Billy Brown
Alfred Enoch
Jack Falahee
Katie Findlay
Aja Naomi King
Matt McGorry
Karla Souza
Charlie Weber
Liza Weil
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Shonda Rhimes
Betsy Beers
Peter Nowalk
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 43 minutes (approx.)
Production company(s) ABC Studios
Distributor Disney–ABC Domestic Television
Original channel ABC
Picture format 720p (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Dolby Digital 5.1
Original airing September 25, 2014
External links
Official website

How to Get Away with Murder is an upcoming American legal drama series that will debut on ABC during the 2014–15 television season, set to premiere on September 25, 2014.[1] Created by ShondaLand writer Peter Nowalk and from executive producer Shonda Rhimes and distributed by ABC Studios, the series stars Viola Davis as a law professor at a prestigious Philadelphia university who with her students becomes entwined in a murder plot.[2] The series will air in the post–Shonda Rhimes' Scandal slot on Thursdays at 10:00 p.m.[3]



On August 19, 2013, ABC bought the original concept from Shondaland Productions, produced by Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers. The script for the pilot episode was written by Grey’s Anatomy supervising producer Peter Nowalk.[4] ABC ordered the pilot on December 19, 2013.[5] The pilot episode was filmed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and in Collegeville, Pennsylvania at Ursinus College; it was directed by Michael Offer.[6] On May 8, 2014, ABC picked up the pilot to series for the 2014–15 television season.[7][8]

Viola Davis plays the lead role

At the Television Critics Association Press Tour in July 2014 was announced that How to Get Away with Murder will be limited series with only 15 or 16 episodes per season.[9]


Matt McGorry was the first regular member to be cast, being announced on January 31, 2014. He plays the role of Asher, one of the students.[10] On February 6, Aja Naomi King from ABC's medical drama Black Box, was cast as one of the law students, the ambitious and confident Michaela Pratt.[11] On February 12 Jack Falahee, Alfred Enoch and Karla Souza were cast as other students.[12] On February 24, Charlie Weber got regular role of Frank, associate of the professor.[13] On February 25, announced that Shonda Rhimes cast Viola Davis in the leading role of show.[14][15][16] Liza Weil from Shonda Rhimes' Scandal was cast as one of the professor’s two associates on February 27,[17] and on March 1, Katie Findlay has won role of other student on pilot.[18] In next day, Billy Brown was cast in the final series regular role of Annalise's love interest.[19]

Director of Shonda Rhimes' dramas, Tom Verica, later was cast in the recurring role as the lead character's husband.[20]


How to Get Away with Murder will air on Thursdays at 10:00 p.m. ABC pushed Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal to 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., creating an all-night block of Shonda Rhimes-produced dramas airing on Thursdays, a rarity in American television.[3][21] It was announced July 14, 2014 that the series will debut September 25, 2014.[1] In Canada, the series will air with sim-subbing of advertising in same timeslot on CTV.[22][23]

Cast and characters[edit]

The show features an ensemble cast with Viola Davis as lead actress.

Regular cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired Nielsen ratings DVD release dates
Season premiere Season finale Viewers (millions) Rank Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
1 13[24] September 25, 2014 March 2015[25] TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
1 "Pilot" Michael Offer Peter Nowalk September 25, 2014 TBA


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  2. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (8 May 2014). "ABC Orders 'How to Get Away With Murder,' 'Black-ish,' 'American Crime,' 'Selfie,' 'Galavant,' More to Series". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Adalian, Josef (2014-05-15). "ABC Is Creating an All–Shonda Rhimes Thursday". Vulture. Retrieved 2014-05-20. 
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "ABC Buys Legal Thriller From Shondaland & 'Grey's Anatomy' Writer". Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "'Sea Of Fire' & Shondaland's 'How To Get Away With Murder' Get ABC Pilot Orders". Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  6. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "ABC Drama Pilots 'Warriors' & 'How To Get Away With Murder' Find Directors". Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "ABC New Series Pickups: 'Selfie', 'Forever', Galavant', 'Whispers', 'How To Get Away With Murder', 'American Crime', 'Black-ish', Jeff Lowell Comedy". Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  8. ^ Cynthia Littleton (2014-05-08). "ABC Orders ‘Marvel’s Agent Carter,’ 4 Other Dramas and 4 Comedies". Variety. Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  9. ^ "#Scandal will do a full 22-episode season, while #HowToGetAwayWithMurder will only do 15 or 16 episodes #TCA14". TV Guide. July 15, 2014. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Matt McGorry Cast In ABC 'Murder' Pilot, Mike Colter In TNT's 'Agent X'". Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  11. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Aja Naomi King Cast In ABC Pilot 'Murder'; Arden Myrin in NBC's 'Bad Judge'". Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "UPDATE: Jeffrey Nordling & Christina Chang In ABC's 'Sea Of Fire', Trio Cast In 'Murder'". Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  13. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Charlie Weber Cast In 'How To Get Away'; 'The Flash' Gets Mother". Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  14. ^ "Viola Davis to Star in ABC Drama 'How to Get Away With Murder'". Hollywood Reporter. 2014-02-25. Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  15. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Viola Davis To Topline ABC Drama Pilot 'How To Get Away' Produced By Shonda Rhimes". Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  16. ^ Natalie Abrams (2014-02-25). "Viola Davis Lands Lead in ABC Pilot How to Get Away With Murder - Today's News: Our Take". Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  17. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Liza Weil Cast In ABC Pilot 'How To Get Away', Stephen Hagan In CW's 'Identity'". Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  18. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Katie Findlay Joins 'How To Get Away', Utkarsh Ambudkar In 'Love Is Relative'". Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  19. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Aimee Garcia Cast In CBS Pilot 'Red Zone'; Billy Brown In ABC's 'How To Get Away'". Retrieved 2014-05-20. 
  20. ^ Deadline, The. "Tom Verica Cast In ABC Pilot 'How To Get Away'; Morgan Spector In NBC's 'Coercion'". Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  21. ^ 7 DAYS (2014-05-13). "ABC Fall Schedule: Shonda Rhimes Rules Thursday, 'Black-ish' Gets 'Modern Family' Slot". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2014-05-20. 
  22. ^ Vlessing, Etan (23 May 2014). "Canada's CTV Buys 'Gotham,' 'How to Get Away With Murder'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  23. ^ "CTV’s heroic 2014/2015 schedule: the power of comedy, proven hits, and premium storytelling" (Press release). CTV Television Network. 5 June 2014. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  24. ^ "Shows A-Z - how to get away with murder on abc". Retrieved 2014-05-20. 
  25. ^ "Breaking News - ABC to Stick with Split Seasons for Most of Its Dramas". 2014-05-13. Retrieved 2014-05-20. 

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