Welcome to Shondaland: #TGIT

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ABC’s “Shondaland” block dominates Thursday night TV.


Like many college students, when the semester starts, I find it difficult to keep up with most of the shows I have grown to love. It also doesn’t help that the season premieres air when school begins. (Why this happens, I will never understand.) But in my spare time, I try to catch up on the shows that I consider to be my guilty pleasures.

With a lot of premieres airing this past week, I made sure to tune in for the return of ABC’s “Thank God It’s Thursday” or #TGIT special: three shows from “Shondaland” —Shonda Rhimes’ inimitable block of programming. The shows include “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and the relative newcomer, “How To Get Away With Murder.”

The shows’ popularity comes as no surprise: Rhimes’ talent for creating powerful plot lines draws viewers in like moths helplessly drawn to a flame. Audiences just can’t get enough of Rhimes’ primetime shows.

Last Thursday’s season premieres started off with “Grey’s Anatomy,” one of Rhimes’ longest-running programs. In the show’s 12th season, Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) and the rest of the doctors are still recovering from the death of Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey). Of course the show must go on, and new characters create a new storyline for this season.

Next in the lineup was “Scandal,” a show that has seen success since its start in 2012. As is expected, the season five premiere started off with a bang: the biggest scandal yet. Rhimes exposes the biggest scandals in show history beginning with a death that mirrors that of Princess Diana, the world’s most beloved princess. A princess is killed when trying to flee from paparazzi, but it turns out to be a much bigger plot.

Without giving too much away, let’s just say that once again justice prevails for Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) who utters the words, “All fairy tales don’t have happy endings, but evil queens tend to go down.” Go Gladiators!

The night ended with the return of “How To Get Away With Murder,” (HTGAWM) now in its second season. Of all of the shows, HTGAWM is my favorite for a couple of reasons. One, the team of students lead by professor Annalise Keating (Viola Davis), a.k.a. the Keating 5, is a force to be reckoned with. As much as I love every character, the one who keeps me coming back to the show is Wes Gibbins (Alfred Enoch), who most Harry Potter fans will recognize. He is a very mysterious character to me. Gibbins’ family background is not known, except that his mother died when he was very young and he never really knew his father. Gibbins’ character could be explored a little more, which I hope to see this season.

I’m not sure about the rest of you, but HTGAWM is a show that I just can’t get enough of. Luckily, the entire first season is available for binge-watching on Netflix.

Due to the drama and intrigue of Rhimes’ programming, Thursdays are the best nights for me when it comes to television. Shonda, I thank you.

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