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The Shonda Rhimes Takeover Continues on ABC This Fall

At the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon in 2012, the president of ABC (Anne Sweeney) presented Shonda Rhimes with an award. Before she did, she said “We usually give people a seat at the table. We gave Shonda the table.” WELL DAMB! It seems she wasn’t playing one bit because ABC just announced their Fall 2014 lineup and Shonda basically owns Thursday night, which is a huge night in TV.

PLUS, according to IndieWire (and everyone else) they just signed her to an 8-figure deal through 2018. YESSSS FOR THIS SHONDA TAKEOVER! Look at my auntie outchea prospering (Kerry’s my cousin and Shonda’s my aunty. Don’t argue with me).

Shonda Rhimes

Besides the fact that she’s an amazing storyteller, what I love about Shonda Rhimes as a showrunner is that she breaks up the monochrome of TV’s primetime casts. There’s people of color in her shows! Yes, it’s incredibly sad that in 2014 we still need to fist pump when we see non-white people on nighttime TV. But Shonda is doing her part because it’s not a matter of TRYING to include diversity. It’s just trying to make her shows reflect real life and that simple fact makes her shows better. LEARN FROM HER, OTHER TV EXECUTIVES!

Anyway, Thursday nights this fall on ABC have three Shonda Rhimes shows back-to-back-to-back. Our inability to deal (Scandal) has been moved up by an hour and there’s a new show in Shondaland. The times are in Eastern Time.

8pm – Grey’s Anatomy | 9pm – Scandal  | 10pm – How to Get Away with Murder

I’m totally here for How to Get Away with Murder, which stars the brilliant Viola Davis as a law professor and practicing lawyer. The first look is below and it looks good!

YES, GAWD! My body is READY for all of it. Although, I’m clearly gon be passed out from too much excitement by 11pm ET on Thursdays. IT’S TOO MURCH!

Congrats to Lady Rhimes!

Are y’all looking forward to Thursday nights this fall? Have you been storing away your CANs because you will need extra when it kicks off?

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  1. gillianrosh
    May 13, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    “Look at my auntie outchea prospering (Kerry’s my cousin and Shonda’s my aunty. Don’t argue with me).”

    No arguments here 🙂

  2. Kamesa
    May 13, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    I have Can on auto-ship from Amazon! I can’t wait for Thursdays this fall! That new show looks great and I am here for it!

    • QueenSista
      May 13, 2014 at 8:00 pm

      “I have Can on auto-ship from Amazon!” #ILIVE

      • Tia Harrison
        May 14, 2014 at 2:16 am

        Dang, my cans are on back order. I’m stocking up doe. Can’t wait to check out the new show.

  3. gillianrosh
    May 13, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Viola looks amazing in that. So watching!

  4. Aisha Milburn
    May 13, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    I would respond, but I’m dead from over-excitement. I can’t deal.

  5. pup
    May 13, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    I’m slayed for filth already.

  6. Jabari
    May 13, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Luvvie, gurl, look! I got my prayer book, MLK fan and made sure I have the URSHA BOAD on standby cause it looks like Shonda’s coming for every heaux’s wig come September. I. AM. SO. HERE. FOR. IT!!!!

    Now I don’t how she gon’ work Grey’s (w/o Sandra Oh) and Scandal (No more CoYUMbus!!! MAMA NOOOOO!!!) but because she spins gold and glitter from her pen and effortlessly scalps us bald every single Thursday, I’ll allow it….

    But I do know one thing, Ms. Ajayi, there needs to be recap of the premiere of HTGAWM (if it’s good enough for one)…….

    • JenniferG
      May 14, 2014 at 10:57 am

      “she spins gold and glitter from her pen”


    • jcanwisegrrl
      May 14, 2014 at 8:15 pm

      YES on the Luvvie recaps of HTGAWM! I am ready for it! My only concern now is how am I going to explain my consistent Friday absences to the boss people at my job, because I’ma need a day to recover from what Shonda does to us!

  7. TheMrs
    May 13, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Yesss Shonda!

  8. Kie Smith
    May 13, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    I’m new to this blog & I love your work but can you please tell me what “CAN” is/are??

    • May 13, 2014 at 8:40 pm

      Welcome! Check out my glossary for more clarification:

      • Hisnaturalhigh
        May 15, 2014 at 11:18 pm

        Cans isn’t on the list. I’m new here as well and wanted to know.

        • Court
          May 16, 2014 at 10:28 am

          Look under iCan’t and Unable to Can…it is all part of the family..

        • May 17, 2014 at 8:46 am

          #iDied at unable to CAN!! It’s too early for ya’ll!

  9. Denise
    May 13, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Can’t wait for the fall shows! Have u seen the clips for the new show NBC will be premiering in November called “State of Affairs”? It stars Alfre Woodard as the POTUS (ALL the yesses that have EVER yessed in Yestown!) and Katherine Heigl ad a high ranking CIA operative who was engaged to POTUS’ son, but he was killed. I saw the clips and it looked good. But if they make the mistake of airing it opposite of Scandal, we’re going to have problems.

    • Ally Anna
      May 14, 2014 at 1:07 am

      I saw the preview of State of Affairs. It does look really good. I hope they don’t air it the same time as Scandal or HTGAWM. It really would be unfortunate to have to choose. I want to support all these new quality shows.

    • Lana
      May 14, 2014 at 10:43 am

      It’s actually going to be on Monday nights @ 10 when it premieres in November. They’re moving “The Blacklist” to Thursdays @ 9 opposite Scandal starting 2/5/15.

      • marissa
        May 16, 2014 at 11:26 am

        Guess i’m never watching blacklist lol.

    • Milaxx
      May 14, 2014 at 3:03 pm

      I may have to let go of my Heigel hate in order to see Alfre.

      • Bukky
        May 14, 2014 at 4:27 pm

        Ditto! Never cared for her as a die hard GA fan and care even less about her not so stellar movie career. But I maaaay be able to stomach her for Momma Alfre.

  10. Londa
    May 14, 2014 at 9:34 am

    I am SOOOOOO with this. Once again, Thursday nights will be my favorite night on TV!!!

  11. dmcmillian72
    May 14, 2014 at 9:42 am

    The young man who portrayed Dean from the “Harry Potter” films!!! He growed up niiiice! I can’t wait for this show!

    • May 14, 2014 at 3:54 pm

      Chile…I do confess that the humidity increased in the Netherlands when I saw him. FAHVA GAWD, that boy looks GOOWOOD! #cougar

    • Bukky
      May 14, 2014 at 4:22 pm

      That was the first thing I noticed haven’t even finished the clip! I was like so nobody sees that that fine young man is Dean from HP?!

    • Kwan
      May 14, 2014 at 11:15 pm

      First thing I noticed lmao yes chile he grew up very nice! The white guy who talked to him just got killed off of ABC Family’s “Twisted” it’s also a good show his character was crazy, he’s a good actor.

  12. Tracy
    May 14, 2014 at 10:50 am

    *sigh* I miss Harrison.

  13. JenniferG
    May 14, 2014 at 10:56 am

    OMG I love Viola Davis! Shonda has hooked me AGAIN. Luvvie, you are gonna be pulling all-nighters on Thursday nights come fall.

  14. ifyouevercomeback
    May 14, 2014 at 11:25 am

    So Yay for Shonda and taking over Thursday night. Not sure I can give the new show a go. As a law student it might be to hard to suspend disbelief. I’ll give it a shot though.

  15. JMoTillman
    May 14, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Lil Shonda about 5 yrs old sang in church, “This Little Light of Mine” and took it all the way serious. She is letting it shine, letting it shine, letting it shine! I am so here for every last moment of it. Shonda owns my tv and my feelings on Thursday nights!

  16. circa1908
    May 14, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    I get all of my “cans” from over seas. Si se puede. Ok, so I get them from over the Rio Grande. I aint argue with you bout “Kerry’s my cousin and Shonda’s my aunty” so dont argue with me bout where I get my bootleg cans

    “Si se puede”

  17. Milaxx
    May 14, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    I am here for this. I’mma set my DVR now so I’m ready in advance.

    I love Shonda’s diverse casting. Not just black & white, you see Latinos, Asians, gay, straight, the whole nine. She deserves all the coins thrown her way.

    • May 14, 2014 at 3:56 pm

      And multiplied diversity, at that! She doesn’t just throw one of each ethnicity/sexual orientation on the show (and one per show) as a “nod” to diversity.

  18. May 14, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    I got all my cans on layaway. Imma be ready for the Shonda takeover and Im soooo happy for her

  19. Camille
    May 14, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    As soon as I heard Viola and Shonda were working on the pilot, I warned folks not to bother me when the show comes on.

    I wonder if any former Gray’s, Private Practice or Scandal stars will end up on her new show. She doesn’t play with fools who can’t act right, but she does keep using actors from her older shows who can behave.

    • Phil
      May 14, 2014 at 10:25 pm

      Only person from a previous Shonda show I know will be in HTGAWM is Liza Weil, who played Amanda Tanner in season one of Scandal. There will be to many emotions in Thursdays from now on. Actually, there won’t. Thursdays as we know them are gone. From now on, the day between Wednesday and Friday shall be known as Shonday.

  20. nichole
    May 15, 2014 at 1:14 am

    She’s gonna make it do what it do!

    I’m all for Viola. If Thursday nights weren’t already interesting, Mama Shonda is taking it to a whole new level. Not only did she put Viola in the lead (and we love us some 2x Academy Award nominee) Viola Davis. But Shonda has tapped into one of my favorite movie series and cast the actor who played Dean Thomas from Happy Potter WHAT?!

    Shonda knows what we like. The Scandal ratings, Twitter, and the water cooler says so. I can only imagine what this is going to be.


  21. May 16, 2014 at 7:50 am

    I love Viola Davis..

    thank you Ms. Rhimes for bringing her to tv.

  22. Kamie
    May 16, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Arrgghhhh! Luvvie………… the trailer for ‘How to get away with murder’ is not available for in country Nigeria 🙁 Why uploader? Why?

  23. jcanwisegrrl
    May 16, 2014 at 11:54 am

    I was always gonna watch this show because: Viola Davis. But now that I’ve seen the trailer, I can’t wait for it!!! I’m sure Viola has been waiting for the opportunity to play a badass, shady character and I’m gonna relish watcher her almost as much as I know she’s gonna relish playing the devil. Lol!

    SN: That scene where the cutie from HP walks in on her… activities. Chile, alla Shonda’s sideline men have the same superpower, huh? 😉

  24. mizdrakes
    May 16, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    See, if NBC knows what’s good- they will NOT put The Blacklist opposite SCANDAL. I really love that show, BUT I LOVE SCANDAL MORE!