_rbdave73dj1_hires213In what might possibly be an unprecedented move, ABC has turned over the entirety of its Thursday night programming to producer/writer SHONDA RHIMES.

Returning tonight for its 11th season, GREY’S ANATOMY kicks off the evening with the continuing exploits of the denizens of Seattle Grace Hospital. This long-running nighttime soap has proven year-after-year to be one of prime-time’s most popular and shows no sign of slowing up now.

Following that, SCANDAL returns to kick off season four. Expect more plot twists than ever as KERRY WASHINGTON steps back into the role of the most conflicted D.C. employee ever (and that’s saying a LOT).

Capping off the night is RHIMES’ latest entry in the strong woman sweepsteaks, HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER. Academy Award-nominee VIOLA DAVIS stars as a tough attorney/law professor whose class carries the same name as this show. As provocative and edgy as you’ll find on network television, MURDER looks very promising.

One would think that producing an entire night of network programming would be a heady (if not outright daunting) prospect but, at a recent press conference to promote the shows, RHIMES seemed to take it all in stride. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)

The SHONDALAND ‘threeplay’ airs tonight on ABC.

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Posted by Bob Healy