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'How to Get Away With Murder' premiere: Who killed [SPOILER]? Creator Pete Nowalk talks all the twists!

[SPOILER ALERT IF YOU HAVEN'T WATCHED THE PREMIERE OF HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER!!!]

One of the most anticipated new series of the fall, the Shonda Rhimes-produced How to Get Away With Murder, delivered a rollercoaster of a premiere that included the reveal of two dead bodies: Sam, (Tom Verica), the husband of Annalise Keating (Viola Davis), and Lila, one of Sam’s students. Who are the killer(s)? When will the mystery be solved? What would a season two of HTGAWM look like? EW sat down with the series’ creator Pete Nowalk and grilled him for answers!

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: There are two dead bodies revealed in the premiere—Annalise’s husband Sam and his student Lila. Will we find out their killers by the end of the first season? Or is this going to be like The Killing?
PETE NOWALK: By the end of the first season you’ll find out who killed both of those people and why. Obviously we’ve all learned a lot of lessons from The Killing. You have to move story along faster. It gives you a huge challenge for season two but you just figure it out and that’s the fun part.

I want to people to know and by the end of the second ep this will become more clear but the one body leads to the second body. Lila’s body will lead to Sam’s body.

What can you tease about the season?
I will say this: I think the central relationship of the show in this weird way is Wes and Annalise. I think the first season will be about the education of both of them and each of them teaching each other things that are surprising to each of them. The teacher learns from the students.

It sounds like no one is who they seem.
Yes. I think it’s just the way you meet them in life. Yeah I want it to be an engaged viewing experience, like we show our masks but when we go home there’s a different thing under the mask. If people are like, “Oh Michaela is sort of type A and an overachiever, there’s more to that than meets the eye.”

Is it possible some of these characters will die?
That’s always possible. But we have a dead body—we have two actually. It’s about figuring out how those people died.

This is something you should know: the first few episodes we’re gonna focus on the students. We’ll learn more about each of the students.

Will every episode have a flash forward to the night of Sam’s death?
It’s kind of just like the pilot. But yeah we keep going and we tell a story over the course of the night. We’ll find out things that we thought seemed one way that actually were another way.

Will the flash forwards and the present catch up at the very end of the season?
Right now it’s going to catch up before then because I think there’s a lot of interest how that happened. But also what happens after.

We don’t know where Annalise or Frank or bonnie were on the night of murder.
Right. We’ll find out. Eventually you’ll see every character in the flash-forward.

Do you know what season two would be?
Yeah. But in order for me to tell you that you would need to know a lot of what happens. The great thing about what happens to these kids and Annalise is that’s something that changes you for life so there’s ripple effects that can give us seasons and seasons.

So it’s not a series that will reboot completely, like True Detective or American Horror Story?
No.

So season two would involve…
Annalise. I’ll tell you that because who would kill off Viola Davis?

'New York Times' public editor denounces Shonda Rhimes article

The New York Times public editor has called television critic Alessandra Stanley’s controversial piece about Shonda Rhimes “at best – astonishingly tone-deaf and out of touch.” Stanley, among other offenses, called Rhimes an “angry black woman.”  READ FULL STORY

'Grey's Anatomy' boss: Callie and Arizona have a '50/50 chance' of staying together

It may be the year of Meredith, but she isn’t the only Grey Sloan doc with a tough season ahead of them on Grey’s Anatomy.

For several seasons now, Callie and Arizona’s relationship has been on a rough roller coaster—and we’re not just talking about the latter’s infidelity. The couple separated in season 7 when Arizona left for Africa, during which time Callie got knocked up by Sloan. Then, of course, there was Callie’s car accident, and Arizona losing her leg as a result of the plane crash, culminating in the formerly bubbly peds doc cheating on her wife. They did eventually get back together, move into a new home and decide to have a child via surrogacy, but those are just another series of Band-Aids that the duo have been placing on their damaged relationship. Can they really survive? Or will this new journey finally be the breaking point?

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Shonda Rhimes and her stars fire back at 'New York Times' critic

Shonda Rhimes was not pleased with Allesandra Stanley’s Thursday New York Times piece on How to Get Away With Murder. More specifically, she wasn’t pleased with Stanley’s declaration that Rhimes hasredefined the “angry black woman” stereotype through characters like Scandal‘s Olivia Pope and Grey’s Anatomy‘s Dr. Miranda Bailey.

“Ms. Rhimes has embraced the trite but persistent caricature of the Angry Black Woman, recast it in her own image and made it enviable. She has almost single-handedly trampled a taboo even Michelle Obama couldn’t break,” writes Stanley, who goes on to make broad claims about black women on television from Phylicia Rashād’s Claire Huxtable to Nicole Beharie’s Lt. Abbie Mills (whom she calls a “sidekick”). Stanley even declares that Viola Davis, who stars in the Rhimes-produced How to Get Away With Murder, is “less classically beautiful” than some other black women on television, such as Kerry Washington and Halle Berry.

Not only did the article generate dozens of passionate think pieces, Rhimes decided to tweet out her own passionate response as well. Scandal‘s Josh Malina and Kerry Washington weighed in too.

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'Scandal' creator Shonda Rhimes to cameo on 'The Mindy Project'

Shonda Rhimes is heading to The Mindy Project.

The Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal creator, who is a big fan of the Fox comedy, will make her acting debut when she makes a cameo as herself in an upcoming season 3 episode. Details on her appearance, first reported by TVLine.com, are being kept under wraps.

The Mindy Project returns Sept. 16 at 9:30 p.m. ET on Fox.

Mary McCormack, Josh Randall to guest-star on 'Scandal'

Mary McCormack and Josh Randall have landed guest-starring roles on Scandal, EW has learned.

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The leading ladies of ShondaLand preview your Thursday night

Starting September 25, Shonda Rhimes fans are going to get three straight hours of OMG moments… every week. On the ABC line-up, Thursdays this fall will consist of Grey’s Anatomy at 8 p.m., Scandal at 9 p.m., and How to Get Away With Murder at 10 p.m. And to preview the big night, the women of ShondaLand created a promo to tease their upcoming seasons.

In the video, Rhimes is joined by stars Ellen Pompeo, Kerry Washington, and Viola Davis, who divulge a total of zero spoilers while talking about their strong female characters—though they do give Davis, their newest addition, a bit of advice: “Buckle up!”

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Viola Davis to star in Shonda Rhimes' 'How To Get Away With Murder' pilot

Academy Award-nominated actress Viola Davis will star in ABC’s upcoming pilot How to Get Away With Murder, produced for the network by ABC Studios and Shondaland (Grey’s Anatomy producer Shonda Rhimes’ production company.)

Davis will play Professor Annalise Dewitt on the legal thriller, which focuses on ambitious law students and their mysterious criminal defense professor (Davis). Things start to go awry when both students and teacher become entangled in a murder plot that could cause drastic ramifications to their university and alter the course of each of their lives.

Peter Nowalk (Grey’s Anatomy) will pen the script for the drama and will also executive produce alongside Rhimes on the show.

Shonda Rhimes on her DGA Diversity Award: 'We're a tiny bit p-ssed off that there has to be an award'

Shonda Rhimes, the creator of Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, and Private Practice, is one of the most powerful forces in television. And she doesn’t mince words when  something is bothering her.

Her latest beef? The Diversity Award that she and Scandal Executive Producer Betsy Beers were given at the Directors Guild of America Awards Saturday night in Los Angeles.

“When I heard I was getting a Diversity Award, I was really, truly, profoundly honored. I began to get calls from Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, etc., and I was asked to comment on the award. Asked how good I felt about the award. Asked if it made me feel like I was doing the right thing. Asked if it had been a struggle making diversity happen on my cast and crews. While I’m still really and truly profoundly honored to receive this award, but I was also a little pissed off,” Rhimes said. “So was Betsy. So over many, many, many bottles of wine we discussed this.”

“We’re a little pissed off because there still needs to be an award. Like, there’s such a lack of people hiring women and minorities that when someone does it on a regular basis, they are given an award.”

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'Scandal': The Gladiators dish on premiere, what's to come in season 3

Have you picked your jaws up off the floor yet, Gladiators? If so, well done. Indeed, it was probably a fairly Herculean task considering all the mind-blowing revelations in Scandal‘s twisty season 3 premiere. Though several one-on-one scenes took Liv away from her trusted Gladiators for much of the opener, you can be sure this thick-as-thieves crew will be facing the onslaught together in weeks to come. EW talked with three of Liv’s fixers — Katie Lowes, Guillermo Díaz, and Darby Stanchfield — about their reactions to the premiere (yes, even they were surprised by some things!) and what’s to come for Pope & Associates this year. (SPOILER ALERT! If you haven’t seen the premiere, do not click through.)
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'Scandal' books 'Private Practice' alum Paul Adelstein

Paul Adelstein is coming back to Shondaland!

EW has confirmed that the former Private Practice star has booked a recurring role on the third season of Shonda Rhimes’ hit drama Scandal, playing an as-of-now secret role. His episode is set to air in late October.

News of his casting, first reported by TVLine, comes on the heels of Lisa Kudrow’s recently announced role on the upcoming season. The former Friends star will reportedly play a politician.

Adelstein played pediatrician Cooper Freedman on Rhimes’ Grey’s Anatomy spin-off for six seasons until its conclusion in January and is also known for his role as Paul Kellerman on Fox’s Prison Break.

Scandal returns Oct. 3.

Sandra Oh to leave 'Grey's Anatomy'

Seriously.

EW can confirm that five-time Emmy nominee Sandra Oh — and onetime Golden Globe winner — Sandra Oh will depart ABC’s venerable medical drama in 2014, after 10 years of playing prickly, brilliant surgeon Cristina Yang.

“It’s been a great privilege to play the character of Cristina Yang on GA and I am both sad and excited to see where this, her final season will take her,” Oh said in a statement. “It was an emotional and deeply creative decision for me and I feel fully supported by Shonda and the writers. It’s so rare in an actor’s life to be able to explore and grow a character so fully, so completely. I am profoundly grateful to everyone at GA for the opportunity.”
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Emmy Watch: Jeff Perry on baring everything for 'Scandal'

Between now and June 28, the deadline for Emmy voters to submit nomination ballots, EW.com will feature interviews with some of the actors and actresses whose names we hope to hear when nominations are announced on July 18.

Scandal is not a show for the emotionally faint. ABC’s soapy political melodrama reached dramatic heights in season 2, when creator Shonda Rhimes treated devoted viewers to a two-story arc full of murders, lies, secret identities, and an assassination attempt. But before the mole, Rowan, and Captain Jake Ballard, there was the original sin of Scandal — the election rigging.

Rhimes shrewdly structured the first part of season 2 as a series of flashbacks and present-day moments to reveal the details of Defiance, the town in Ohio that a small committee decided to manipulate to ensure the presidential victory of Fitzgerald Grant III. And in a season full of incredible character reveals and origin stories, Cyrus Beene (Jeff Perry), the master manipulator of the West Wing, stole the show when he stripped down to nothing, literally, and for once, told the truth.
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