Viola Davis’ Star Shines on ‘How to Get Away with Murder’


How to Get Away with Murder is an American serial legal drama series that premiered on ABC during the 2014–15 television season on September 25, 2014. The series was created by Peter Nowalk, produced by Shonda Rhimes and distributed by ABC Studios. Viola Davis stars as a law professor at a prestigious Philadelphia university who, with her students, becomes entwined in a murder plot. The series airs in the slot after “Scandal” on Thursdays at 10:00 p.m.

Its premiere episode, on September 25th, garnered over 14 million viewers. Now, in the show’s third week, HTGAWM remains up top averaging over 7 million viewers.

The cast stars Viola Davis as Professor Annalise Keating. For the first season, nine actors also received star billing: Billy Brown as Detective Nate Lahey, Annalise’s lover; Alfred Enoch as Wes Gibbins, a student recently accepted off the waitlist; Jack Falahee as Connor Walsh, a gay law student; Katie Findlay as Rebecca Sutter, Wes’ mysterious neighbor who becomes the main suspect in the murder of Lila Stangard; Aja Naomi King as Michaela Pratt, an ambitious student who wants to be successful like Annalise; Matt McGorry as Asher Millstone, one of Annalise’s students; Karla Souza as Laurel Castillo, an idealistic student who has a relationship with Frank; Charlie Weber as Frank Delfino, an associate attorney in Annalise’s firm; and Liza Weil as Bonnie Winterbottom, an observant associate attorney in Annalise’s firm.

How to Get Away with Murder follows the personal and professional life of Annalise Keating, a criminal law professor at Middleton University. A defense attorney, Annalise selects a group of her best students from her university class to work at her firm. They are Connor Walsh, Michaela Pratt, Asher Millstone, Laurel Castillo and Wes Gibbins. In her personal life, Annalise lives with her husband, Sam Keating, but she also has a secret relationship with Nate Lahey, a local Philadelphia detective.

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