Fall TV Preview

Killer ABC Promo: Ellen Pompeo and Kerry Washington Welcome Viola Davis to 'Shondaland Thursday'

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What do you get the woman who has everything — including her own night of television? Her very own fall-TV promo, natch.

To hype its newly christened “Shondaland Thursday,” ABC has released an extended promo that features Shonda Rhimes chatting up Grey’s Anatomy‘s Ellen Pompeo, Scandal‘s Kerry Washington and How to Get Away with Murder’s Viola Davis about their “historic” one-two-three punch — which launches Thursday, Sept. 25.

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  1. Whatevah says:

    I’ll be watching. I can’t wait.

  2. Terry says:

    I’m wondering if my heart can take all of the shock twists and turns and oh my goodness, shut the front door moments of three Shonda shows in a row!!

  3. Dave says:


  4. Fernanda says:

    Welcome to Shondaland.. with great music, sex, amazing story lines and firing actors who are upset with the writers

  5. dax says:

    Thursday Nights – I am going to be so hooked! :D

  6. Till says:

    I love the #TGIT tag! I hope the new is good, the promos look great!

  7. RReg says:

    A shame Blacklist isn’t part of Shondaland. I’m going to have to watch the Blacklist and DVR one of Shondaland.

  8. Leo says:

    I’m so excited for Murder. Can someone leak the Pilot already? Lol.

  9. Emma says:

    #TGIT I will most definitely be watching Shondaland Thursday!

  10. JJM says:

    All the chemistry is really bouncing off all of these ladies.

  11. Leo says:

    Who run the world? Shonda!

  12. Nene says:

    At least two out three I’ll watch…. Not bad not bad at all…

  13. LaLa says:

    I’m always in when it comes to #Shondaland. Everything else goes on the DVR. Thursday is settle in and live-tweet night.

  14. Eric7740 says:

    My Thursday nights belong to ABC and SHONDALAND!!! TGIT!!!

  15. Ron says:

    I’ll mainly be watching Murder for Viola Davis. Gah, that woman is fan-freakin’-tastic! I hope this show turns out to be worthy of her…like, 2015 Lead Actress in a Drama Emmy worthy.

  16. Tran says:

    ABC will rule Thursdays this Fall because of Shonda Rhimes.

    • RReg says:

      We’ll have to wait and see. I think though that The Blacklist will decimate whatever show it’s up against.

      • Kat Aston says:

        I don’t’ think that will happen. The Blacklist will have to steal a lot of the Scandal fans (especially women) away for that hour and with this new lineup, my TV set and I’m sure a lot of others will remain on ABC. I’ve never watched the Blacklist and I won’t be switching now, they should have stayed on Mondays.

        • fiberlicious says:

          You don’t know what you’re missing – it’s incredible. Watch it online later.

          • CK says:

            I enjoy the blacklist, but I would/am choosing Scandal in a heartbeat if I had to choose between the two.The Blacklist is being moved to Fridays on Hulu for me.

        • RReg says:

          We’ll have to wait and see. I do believe that it will kill any show it goes up against, but I’m probably partial because I like the guy who plays Red. As long as my other favorite Person of Interest stays where it is – I’m good.

  17. bero89 says:

    killer promo. yes that’s exactly what this is. I’m supposed to get some work done but I just can’t concentrate anymore.

  18. Flo says:

    Exciting, can’t wait!

  19. GreysAddict says:

    Love the interaction between Ellen and Kerry :D

    Michael and Matt please interview Ellen Pompeo before season 11. Can’t wait for her storylines next season. :)

  20. nitemar says:

    I’m excited as everyone seems to be for this Thursday lineup, can’t lose with Shondaland. Yet, Grey’s won’t be the same on 8 pm time slot. I read somewhere that it will be rescheduled for Wednesdays at 10 pm in the future. Is this true? Thanks! :)

  21. Deion says:

    My body is ready.

  22. J says:

    I dont watch Greys but Scandal and Murder are definetly must watch for me!

    • la vega says:

      You should give Grey’s a chance, it’s been on for 10 seasons, so there’s plenty to keep u entertained.

  23. la vega says:

    Just call it Shonday, like I do! Ahhhhhh! I can’t wait.

  24. Jenna says:

    I’m in! CBS might have football early on; but when the games are over, their lineup will crash and burn after TBBT.

  25. Aisha says:

    I’m planning on watching and fake hating Shonda as only Shondaland fans can. I’m so proud of everything she’s managed!

  26. Sara Leigh says:

    Distracted by Ellen Pompeo, she’s beautiful, love her :) And basically the main reason I watch Grey’s. Like someone else said, I would love if TVline interview her, before the new season starts, especially since she has so much going on.

  27. Diane says:

    Must watch Thursdays!!!! I will definitely be watching and will be recording too.

  28. Dayo Olu says:

    Yes I will be watching I am a lifetime resident of Shondland. I watch Greys Anatomy, and Scandal. I loved Private Practice. I will love How To Get Away with Murder.

  29. Kat Dow says:

    This block is going to kill it on TV. I am so excited for Thursday nights!

  30. Paula says:

    Is that Dean Thomas from HP? WOW, he is really cute.

  31. Michael says:

    STOKED! Amazing lineup. Greys can continue for a few more years, same with Scandal.

  32. I may have to up my blood pressure meds or have a defibrillator handy.

  33. Sarah says:

    My Thursday night will def be on all 3 shondaland shows!!! Can’t wait!!!

  34. Soyvonia says:

    Yesss, Shondaland I’m soooo ready

  35. Jeremy says:

    Wow, lots of Shonda fan in the house…

  36. Savvy says:

    I can’t wait! Is it September yet?!!! Always looking forward to Shondaland Thursday!

  37. Mariann says:

    What’s the song playing during this promo, in the beginning and in the end???

  38. louise says:

    this promo is so damn amazing :)

  39. Julie says:

    No, no way!

  40. Julie says:


  41. Lexy says:

    Will be watching all of them for sure! Longtime Shonda fan here, #TGIT indeed!

  42. Juan says:

    I’m really excited for this line-up. I can’t wait and HTGAWM looks fantastic. Viola Davis will crush it.

  43. J says:

    After the hot, shark-jumping mess Shonda made out of Scandal in season 3, I am done with Shondaland forever. No, I will not be watching any of this.

    • Hope says:

      Thank you. I’m an Olivia Pope fan and after the way she was treated in season 3, nope. I hope she loses B61: and all the other Alias and Homeland ripoffs and gets back to what made Scandal must see tv.

  44. Calondra says:

    I don’t watch Scandal, but I’m thinking about Netflix’n it so I can have the whole Shondaland experience. I’m a Greys fan until it’s very last show where I’ll cry like a big ol baby. Gonna give the new show a shot. I love Viola Davis!

  45. jobbrecht says:

    goosebumps when I saw Olivia Pope’s cuts from Scandal. Dunno why. :)

  46. jobbrecht says:

    I think I’m gonna fail every test I’m writing on fridays.

  47. Tessie Trejo says:

    OHY!! TGIT…hurry up!!!

  48. Missteff says:

    couldn’t get the video to work but I can’t wait to see the new shows that come out. Hopefully these will be good too.

  49. Margie says:

    #SHONDALAND exclusively this fall:)