Earlier this month, it was confirmed that the hit ABC drama shows Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder will crossover in an epic "Shondaland" event, and now we have our first look. Entertainment Weekly revealed the first photo from the crossover, featuring both Scandal's Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) and How to Get Away With Murder's Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) entering a conference room together. While no details about the story were given, it was revealed that this crossover will take place on Thursday, March 1, with Annalise first appearing on Scandal before Olivia heads to How to Get Away With Murder. Here's what Viola Davis had to say about this crossover.
"It was black girl magic on steroids! Me and Kerry dancing to 'Rock the Boat'? Hey, it can't get any better."
The producers of both shows aren't spilling any specific details about this crossover event, although there is speculation that it may have something to with the class action lawsuit Annalise is working on in the state of Pennsylvania, over a number of wrongful convictions. It doesn't seem that just the main characters, Viola Davis and Annalise Keating, will be crossing over into the other shows, and not any supporting characters, but that has yet to be confirmed either. Here's what Kerry Washington had to say about getting to work with Viola Davis.
""I really love Viola. I have such immense respect and admiration for her."
This crossover will also be a part of the final season for Scandal, which was confirmed last May. Both Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder returned from their holiday hiatuses last week, January 18, with the final four episodes of Scandal set to air in consecutive weeks starting March 29, with the series finale airing on April 19 at 10 PM ET on ABC. The Scandal crossover episode was written by Raamla Mohamed and directed by series star Tony Goldwyn, his ninth episode as director on the hit series. The How to Get Away with Murder crossover episode was written by Morenike Balogun & Sarah L. Thompson and directed by Zetna Fuentes.
The final season of Scandal features Olivia Pope now taking over as chief of staff for President Mellie Grant (Bellamy Young). The cast also includes Guillermo Diaz as Huck, Darby Stanchfield as Abby Whelan, Katie Lowes as Quinn Perkins, Tony Goldwyn as 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. Shonda Rhimes created the series and executive produces with Betsy Beers and Mark Fish.
Pete Nowalk created How to Get Away With Murder, with Shonda Rhimes serving as an executive producer with Betsy Beers. Viola Davis leads a cast that includes 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. Take a look at this new photo from the Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder crossover, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.