This is not quite a scandal, but it is an adjustment for Scandal fans. ABC plans to move Scandal to a new time to make room for another Shonda Rhimes drama, How To Get Away With Murder starring Viola Davis.
Rhimes already has two hits on the air, Grey's Anatomy and Scandal. Now, both of those soaps are being pushed back an hour to make room for How To Get Away With Murder, a legal thriller starring Academy Award nominee and Tony winner Davis.
Rhimes has made aname for herself as a powerhouse creator who creates juicy, edge-of-your-seat dramas that feature strong women and ethnic diversity.
Rhimes is "one of the greatest voices on television," ABC Entertainment Group President Paul Lee said Tuesday to advertisers according to Fox News on May 13.
Here's the shake up: Grey's Anatomy wil move to 8 p.m. and Scandal will move to 9 p.m. on Thursday - making Thursday a solid Rhimes block. Lee said this will give the Davis thriller a strong launching pad. With Scandal making black female leads, event-viewing and live-tweeting a television-watching phenomenon, the shake-up shouldn't cause a downslide in ratings. On a historical note, Davis would join a select few black women to lead a primetime drama. Kerry Washington was the first since the 1970s.
Speaking of diversity, ABC is focusing on creating dramas with multi-ethnic casts and minority creators of late, something that other broadcast networks have been missing the boat on for years.
In addition to Murder, ABC presents sitcom Black-Ish, starring Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross as a suburban family struggling to embrace their African-American identity. Fresh off the Boat, an immigrant Chinese family pursuing the American dream, and Cristela, an ambitious law student going against her Mexican-American family traditions.
John Ridley of 12 Years A Slave fame created American Crime, a drama about a racially-sensitive murder.
About this incredible expansion into diversity, Lee said "America has change. We see that in the lection cycle and we see that in everything."
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