#PopCulture_Junkie: ShondaLand makes Thursday nights a fall wondaland


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Viola Davis, star of the new ABC drama ‘How to Get Away with Murder’ attends the White House Correspondents Dinner in 2012.

While most college students spend the majority of their time hanging out with friends or trying to keep up with their increasingly difficult course-loads, I spend a lot of my time devoted to television and movies.

Not in the “lazy couch potato” way. I’m more of the – obsessive television and movie fanatic that spends her hours either watching television and movies or scouring the internet for awards-season hopefuls – kind of television and movie lover.

Needless to say, I love television. It is as simple as that. I love all kinds of television.

I love the trashy reality shows (“Keeping up with the Kardashians”), I love the competition reality shows (“Big Brother”, “MTV’s The Challenge”), I love crime shows (“Criminal Minds”, “Bones”), I love the young adult soap operas (“The Vampire Diaries”, “Pretty Little Liars”), and I love Shonda Rhimes.

Rhimes is the creator behind Emmy-winning dramas like “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” (two of my all-time favorite shows). So, I was extremely excited when I heard that ABC was picking up another Rhimes-helmed show.

“How to Get Away with Murder” is a legal drama centered on law school professor Annalise Keating, her assistants, and her star pupils. As a future law student hopeful, I am thrilled there is now a show that happens within the walls of a law school lecture hall – even if it’s an overdramatized version.

Two-time Oscar-nominee (and one of my favorite actors) Viola Davis leads the cast which includes “Harry Potter” alum Alfred Enoch and “Gilmore Girls’” actress Liza Weil. With that level of talent, I am incapable of seeing how this show can fail audiences. Well, at least not in its first season – I may change my mind if characters start sleeping with ghosts (ahem… Season Five of “Grey’s Anatomy”).

With three shows on the fall primetime schedule, it seems – to me – Shonda Rhimes can do no wrong, and that is exactly what network giant ABC also seems to believe. I mean if you don’t have 110 percent faith in a single person, then why would you devote an entire night of primetime television to said person?

That’s right, Thursday night on ABC is now known as “ShondaLand Thursday,” or the twitter-friendly “#ThankGodItsThursday.”

I don’t know about you, but every week I will thank God it’s Thursday because a night full of Meredith Grey’s medical drama, Olivia Pope’s political drama, and Annalise Keating’s legal drama sounds like a recipe for a perfect night.

Well, to those of us who want to take up permanent residence in ShondaLand it does.