TGIT worlds will collide later this season when Annalise Keating and Olivia Pope share the screen during How to Get Away with Murder and Scandal crossover episodes, ABC confirmed today. Kerry Washington and Viola Davis posted the news early this morning through Instagram and it was confirmed by Shonda Rhimes and Pete Nowalk, executive producer of How to Get Away with Murder. As previously announced, new TGIT episodes of Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder return on Thursday, January 18, on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.
The Scandal crossover episode was written by Raamla Mohamed and directed by Tony Goldwyn. As a staple in the Shonda Rhimes programming block known as "TGIT," the Washington, D.C., drama about a political fixer named Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) and her team of associates who sacrifice their time, and often their morals, to "handle" unimaginable crises affecting the nation's elite. Throughout the last six seasons, Scandal has used OMG storytelling to explore political culture, gender disparities, sexual politics and race in America. Debuting in April 2012 the show broke barriers with Kerry Washington starring as the first African American female lead in a drama series in over thiry seven years. Scandal quickly emerged as the #1 show in its Thursday time slot across all key Women demographics proving that inclusion in television was long overdue.
Scandal stars Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, Guillermo Diaz as Huck, Darby Stanchfield as Abby Whelan, Katie Lowes as Quinn Perkins, Tony Goldwyn as President Fitzgerald Grant, Jeff Perry as Cyrus Beene, Joshua Malina as David Rosen, Bellamy Young as President Mellie Grant, Scott Foley as Jake Ballard, Joe Morton as Rowan Pope, Cornelius Smith Jr. as Marcus Walker and George Newbern as Charlie. Scandal was created by Shonda Rhimes (Grey's Anatomy, How to Get Away with Murder). Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers (Grey's Anatomy, How to Get Away with Murder), and Mark Fish are executive producers. Scandal is produced by ABC Studios. It was confirmed in May that Scandal Season 7 will be the show's final season, confirming rumors that creator Shonda Rhimes wanted to end the series.
The How to Get Away with Murder crossover episode was written by Morenike Balogun & Sarah L. Thompson and directed by Zetna Fuentes. Murder, deception, fear and guilt are the ties that bind Middleton University Professor Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) to her long-time associates Frank Delfino, Bonnie Winterbottom and her students. But as the group struggles to move on with their lives following Wes' death, their past continues to haunt them. Relationships will be fractured, lies will spin out of control, and a shocking, new mystery will upend their entire lives. ABC hasn't confirmed yet whether How to Get Away With Murder will be renewed or cancelled for the upcoming season quite yet, but that announcement may be coming soon.
How to Get Away with Murder stars Oscar-winner Viola Davis as Professor Annalise Keating, Billy Brown as Detective Nate Lahey, Jack Falahee as Connor Walsh, Aja Naomi King as Michaela Pratt, Matt McGorry as Asher Millstone, Karla Souza as Laurel Castillo, Charlie Weber as Frank Delfino, Liza Weil as Bonnie Winterbottom and Conrad Ricamora as Oliver Hampton. How to Get Away with Murder is created and executive produced by Pete Nowalk (Scandal, Grey's Anatomy); Shonda Rhimes (Scandal, Grey's Anatomy) and Betsy Beers (Scandal, Grey's Anatomy) also serve as executive producers. The series is produced by ABC Studios. Take a look at the Instagram posts below from Kerry Washington and Viola Davis, both visiting the other show's set.