Monday, September 29, 2014

How to Get Away With Murder

Have you guys seen How to Get Away With Murder? Even if you didn't watch the premier last Thursday, I'm sure you've seen the previews or read about it in the news. It's made quite a splash on the entertainment scene already...

The show got a rolling start thanks, in part, to having Shonda Rhimes' name in the credits. She's the executive producer, and she's also the creator and writer of Scandal and Grey's Anatomy.

Rhimes is clearly doing her job(s) right, because every one of her shows is a major hit, but some people have taken some issue with her.

A couple weeks ago, The New York Times published an article in which the opening line is, "When Shonda Rhimes writes her autobiography, it should be called 'How to Get Away With Being an Angry Black Woman.'" Vulture didn't waste time in calling out the "racist" and "inaccurate" statements made in the article.

And I have to agree: Just because Rhimes is really good at writing (sometimes) angry female leads doesn't make her the same. Oh, and she isn't even the creator of Murder. That's Peter Nowalk. Vulture dissected several paragraphs in the article, and it's a really interesting read.

And as for How to Get Away With Murder...

Nowalk hit it out of the park. It's enticing and shrouded in mystery and gasp-worthy foreshadowing. And Viola Davis just nailed it. She's proven her talent for intensity before, but she takes it to a whole new level as the rockstar defense attorney/adored law professor who terrifies every student sitting in her classroom.

In short, it might just take priority over Thursday Night Football in my house.

(Image via The Daily Beast and HitFix)

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