#TGIT: Shonda, Ellen, Kerry, and Viola Take Over TV

By  August 01, 2014

Girls running the world may be debatable for those of you who’ve failed to catch up, but as far as Thursdays are concerned, there’s one quartet taking charge.

Shondaland on ABC

With new seasons of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, and the series premiere of How to Get Away with Murder debuting on September 25, Shonda Rhimes’ eponymous production company, and its three leading ladies, are certain to win the ratings wars. Fall’s Thursday night block on ABC will be led by dramatic performances from Grey’s star Ellen PompeoScandal’s Kerry Washington, and Murder’s Viola DavisGrey’s Anatomy saw 8.92 million viewers for its season 10 finale (which bid farewell to Sandra Oh’s Dr. Yang), while Scandal peaked at 10.5 million viewers, up 15 percent from its season two closer. Couple that with showrunner Rhimes’ tenure at ABC and Davis’ critically-acclaimed acting career, and it looks like we’ve got a winner. Or, if you’re ABC, a new hashtag: #TGIT!

The network is making the most of its anticipated Thursday night takeover, and in its latest promo move, dropped video of Rhimes, Pompeo, Washington, and Davis discussing their shows. As expected, Rhimes doesn’t even let her stars know what’s ahead, but it’s just enough to reel us in.