In 2014, ABC premiered a series that became the latest in the time-honored American TV tradition of courtroom drama, charmingly titled “How to Get Away with Murder.” Starring Viola Davis as a law professor with a complicated past, who gets her law students entangled with her deep secrets even as she teaches them and leads them in court cases, the series has been one of ABC’s prize shows. After all, it did win for Davis a Drama Lead Actress Primetime Emmy, the first African-American woman so honored. It has spun an intricate and engaging story over five seasons, but will finally conclude on its sixth.
CNN has it that “How to Get Away with Murder” is ending on season 6 later this year. This was announced by ABC on Thursday, July 11, with the series creator and show-runner Peter Nowalk giving a statement explaining the reason for ending the show: the story was getting to that ending. Nowalk noted that an ultimate conclusion had always been in store for Annalise Keating (Viola Davis), past all her backstory and all the courtroom cases she and her students have tackled on and off for several seasons. He does acknowledge that fully wrapping up the show felt brutal.
“Knowing I have 15 episodes left to finish her story, and the chance to give all the characters their own killer endings, is a gift rarely given to a series creator and I’m grateful to ABC and ABC Studios for the opportunity and creative freedom,” Nowalk said regarding his time to develop the series ending. In addition to the cast and crew of “Murder” he also gave a shout-out to the viewers and fans, thanking them for their enthusiasm for the show which was translated in vibrant social media discussion, which he feels boosted ratings.
“How to Get Away with Murder” was merely one of several ABC series that were produced by Shonda Rhimes and her Shondaland label, before she began exclusively producing content for Netflix. It along with “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” formed the so-called “TGIT” group of ABC programming that was a major draw for the network’s audience.
Viola Davis has also expressed her gratitude for the show, which she described as one of the “greatest rides” of her life. That was what she said on her Twitter post to plug the concluding season of “Murder,” which will see Annalise’s law class completing their final semester, and the final fates that await them afterwards. The last 15 episodes of the show will premiere this September 26 on ABC.
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