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TGIT: Where We Left Off

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It’s no secret that Shonda Rhimes has taken over our Thursday nights (and arguably our lives) with her trio of Shondaland dramas that return Thursday, Jan. 26 on ABC. “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal,” and “How to Get Away with Murder” (HTGAWM) make up the “Thank God It’s Thursday”, or TGIT, lineup.     

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The Grey’s and HTGAWM winter finales left us on Nov. 17, 2016 with about a zillion questions, and we haven’t seen our Scandal gladiators since their season five finale on May 12, 2016. So, if you’re anything like us, you’ll be parked on your couch this Thursday with your drink of choice and popcorn at the ready.
In case you’ve forgotten exactly where we left all of our favorite characters, here’s a little refresher on each of the shows to get you up to speed and ready to dive back in this week!
First up, let’s check in with our Grey-Sloan Memorial family.
Grey’s Anatomy:
The mid-season finale is appropriately centered around the collapse of a Seattle apartment building that matches the potential collapse of the hospital as we know it.
While the doctors navigate the insanity following the collapse, we are getting to know the newest addition to the Grey-Sloan team, Dr. Eliza Minnick, who is in the process of taking the teaching program out from under Richard Webber. However, as the episode comes to an end, it looks like the fellow doctors and surgeons are less than okay with this decision and are planning to fight it.

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In the biggest ongoing drama this season, the Jo-Alex-Deluca lawsuit, things come to a head as Karev’s trial date is quickly approaching. Jo, out of fear of having to testify and risk her abusive husband finding her, comes clean to Alex in the elevator. When we leave the two of them, it seems that Jo may be ready to take flight again and Alex is in the waiting room ready to confess to the district attorney and potentially spend the next two years in jail. In the final scene, Meredith makes one last ditch effort to keep Karev from leaving, reminding him (and us) that they are the only two left of the original five and she needs him to stay with her.

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We also witness some heart-warming bonding between Dr. Hunt and Dr. Riggs, the possibility of a future romance between Robbins and Minnick, and trouble in newlywed paradise as Amelia leaves a note for Owen to find saying that she has left and that it is not his fault.
“Grey’s Anatomy” will air on ABC at 8/7c. We can’t wait to see what kind of drama Shonda has in store for us with the second half of this season.
Scandal:
It’s been awhile since we last saw Olivia Pope and her team of Gladiators. When we left them, everyone was deeply entrenched in the republican convention in preparation for the upcoming election.
Mellie Grant who intends to run has Olivia Pope and Associates (OPA) running her campaign. Frankie Vargas, her opposing republican candidate, is having his campaign run by Cyrus Bean. The episode takes us along as the two hunt for the proper running mates for each candidate and try to tear each other’s campaigns apart. Making the ultimate move, Cyrus surprises everyone and announces that he will be running for VP alongside his candidate Frankie Vargas.

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In the midst of all this, it seems that Jake Ballard has been roped back into B613 and is under the thumb of Eli Pope, Olivia’s father also known as “Command.” Jake comes to Olivia asking for her help to get out and, being Olivia Pope, she comes to his rescue. In a move appealing to Command’s paternal instincts, Olivia takes Jake from him and recruits him as Mellie Grant’s VP. Jake, however, has different plans and would like to live an “ordinary” life. Olivia simply tells him to put his tie on and go do what she asked him to do. Jake then realizes and verbalizes that he hasn’t escaped anything. He just went from “being [her] father’s bitch to [Olivia’s].”
In the final scene of the finale, Shonda gave us a montage of conversations between Olivia and her father, highlighting how alike they are and proving that Olivia too, will do whatever it takes to get what she wants.

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In the background of this episode, we see things heat back up between David Rosen and Elizabeth North, some healing between now divorced Mellie and Fitz, and a bomb dropped onto Abby’s desk and into the hands of Fitz in the form of Olivia’s medical records which we can only assume (as it is never directly mentioned) reveals the abortion she had recently undergone.
Season 6 of “Scandal” will premiere at 9/8c on ABC following “Grey’s Anatomy” on Jan. 26 and a scandal it most certainly will be.
How to Get Away with Murder:
“How to Get Away with Murder” has become the TV thriller we all never knew we desperately wanted. I think everyone is with us when we say the return to season 3 better have some serious answers in store.
The mid-season finale, aptly titled “Who’s Dead,” did finally answer the question we’ve been asking all season: who’s under the sheet? The episode takes us back to the beginning of the night we have already seen the aftermath of in true HTGAWM fashion.

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The episode gives us a glimpse into every facet of the season so far and how we ended up with a dead man under a sheet, a pregnant Laurel in the hospital, and an incarcerated Annalise Keating.
We also finally get to see Frank again and we are not liking the view all that much.The showdown we’ve been waiting for between Annalise and Frank reveals Frank holding a gun to his head, ready to kill himself, and Annalise urging him to do it until Bonnie steps in and talks them both down.
On the student side of the world (because remember this show is about college students!), we get to see the Keating Five – Wes, Laurel, Michaela, Asher, and Connor – take their final exam and celebrate the fact that they all passed by getting drunk on champagne.

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Following the showdown with Frank, Annalise goes back to the bottle and calls Bonnie to take care of her. Once she wakes up, seemingly okay, Annalise calls Wes and Laurel telling them to get everyone together then meet at the house. She, however, goes to enlist Oliver, who has now connected the dots about the night Sam Keating died, to help her with her next scheme. With Asher and Connor being too drunk and Michaela taking care of a surprise visit from her mother, the only two who make it to the house are Wes and Laurel. Nate then shows up looking for Annalise and that’s when it all really hits the fan. The house explodes and Annalise identifies the dead body they roll out. Wes Gibbons is under the sheet.
At the hospital, we see the heartbreaking moment when the rest of the Keating Five along with Meggie and Oliver find out that Wes is dead and simultaneously wondering what the hell happened that night.

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The first half of this season most definitely left us with more questions than we even knew were possible and we are hoping the second half can give us some of the answers we need. How to Get Away with Murder will return to ABC on January 26th after the season 6 premiere of Scandal at 10/9c.
Hold onto your hats ladies and gentlemen, and get settled in. TGIT is back and Shonda Rhimes is certainly ready to take us for a ride.
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Shonda-land: #TGIT Returns

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ABC’s #TGIT is back this week with the return of the Shonda-land. With a powerhouse line up of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How To Get Away With Murder, your Thursday is sorted.  In case you forgot, lets have a quick recap of where our favorite characters left off, shall we? (Warning: spoilers ahead!)

Grey’s Anatomy

Last season ended on a low as our hearts were ripped from our chests and stomped on following the tragic death of Derek Shepherd. (A moment of silence, please.) So, what will life at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital be like without McDreamy? The cast teases that Grey’s is about to go in a much lighter direction, both in story and shot. Ellen Pompeo revealed that Season 12 will be reminiscent of the earlier seasons of the long running show.
Still, how is Meredith coping as a working single mother of three? My guess is she will struggle, which is the perfect excuse Christina Yang to make her epic return. Of course, Sandra Oh‘s return is just speculation, but it would make for a great character arc. Plus, isn’t it Yang’s duty as Mer’s ‘person’ to be there to help her heal? Yang can leave her fancy hospital in Switzerland for a week or two; it will be fine.
With the MerDer story-line closed, which was a driving force of the show since it started, I think season 12 will provide some space to really explore stories with other characters at the forefront. What will happen with Karev and Wilson? Will Jackson and April work through their problems? Will Bailey finally become chief of surgery? We’ll soon see!
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Scandal

When we last saw our favorite Fixer, and her envy-inducing closet, she was being twirled around the balcony of the White House by President Grant; sorry, Jake fans (I’m not really that sorry, #OlitzForever)! As we left the season, it looked like those two were well on their way to ‘Vermont.’ But will they really get it?
I’ll answer with a follow-up: does Shonda ever let us stay happy for long? My guess, sadly, is no. Although the trailer shows us Fitz asking Melly for a divorce, I would bet that something horrible will happen and Olivia and Fitz will be torn apart. Again.
Like the fairy-tale ending, last season seemed to conclude with everything wrapped up in a nice bow. Papa Pope is in jail and no longer Command, Pope & Associates saw promise of growing, and B613 seemed to be in the gutter. Still, the Scandal universe can not exist without a constant state of chaos, so I’m excited to see what, or who, is going to unleash some trouble.
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How To Get Away With Murder

Only premiering last fall, HTGAWM quickly became one of the most tweeted about shows of the network year. Throughout the 15-episode debut season, we quickly fell in love with the ensemble of characters led by Professor Annalise Keating (played by Viola Davis, who just won the Emmy for the role). The twists and turns between each episode were enough to make your head spin, which is probably why the stationary summer hiatus was so particularly painful. Sure, we finished the season with the answer to who killed Lila Stangard, but we were also left with more questions that left us counting down until September.
Who killed Rebecca? How will Connor (swoon) handle the news? And what the heck does ‘Eggs 911’ mean?
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So, in classic Olivia Pope style, pour yourself a big glass of red wine and spend your Thirsty Thursday in the mind of Shonda Rhimes. TGIT returns TONIGHT at 8/7c on ABC!
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Four TV Shows I’m Sticking With

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I have a long list of shows I want to watch and a shorter list of shows I have time to watch. With shows ending for good (I’ll miss you, Parks & Recreation) and shows returning with newer seasons (I love you, Game of Thrones), I have to budget my time when it comes to starting something new. With that said, here are four shows I can’t wait to catch when they return for a second season!
Empire
Though there were only 12 episodes in its first season, Lee Daniels’ Empire has been a wild ride from the beginning. The show continued to grow in viewers each week, and it’s no surprise, what with its familial drama, numerous guest stars—including Jennifer Hudson and Patti LaBelle—its addictive tunes, and its witty one-liners.
The Flash
Another superhero show I’m a fan of is The CW’s The Flash. As a fan of Arrow, when the Flash spinoff was announced, I was looking forward to seeing what would take place in Central City. It quickly introduced the Reverse Flash and time travel, so I can’t even imagine what types of adventures Barry Allen will be heading out on next.
Gotham
Skimming the surface of Batman’s origin story, Gotham follows a young James Gordon before he became commissioner. As viewers learn more about Gordon, the origins of a number of Batman’s villains are also revealed. There are some fascinating backgrounds for these characters, and it’s interesting to look at a young Bruce Wayne.
How To Get Away With Murder
Rounding out ABC’s #TGIT campaign was How to Get Away With Murder. Can’t say I was expecting multiple murders of some prominent characters in just 15 short episodes. Each episode took theories I had in mind and tore them apart. I can’t even begin to imagine the twists that will take place next season.
HONORABLE MENTIONS
And I have a special shoutout to Agent Carter. Peggy Carter is one of the most brilliant characters ever written, and I’d like her to come back. Another special shoutout goes to Fresh Off the Boat. ABC’s comedy is smart, honest, and never fails to make me laugh.
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What to Watch During the Winter Hiatus

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As we approach the holiday season, it’s now time for the yearly TV hiatus that takes place through the winter months. Our favorite shows won’t be back until January (some, in February!) And though this is an unfortunate time, it does mean that we have a little more time to catch up on what work or school keeps us from. There are a number of shows that I have become addicted to over the past few weeks that I will sorely miss, there are shows I cannot wait to return, and there are some shows that I want to start watching. I’ve come up with eight of the ones I’ve been sucked into, but there are so many I wish I could include. Though we may mourn for the shows we sorely miss, take advantage of this time! Here is what to watch during the winter hiatus:
Gotham; returns Jan. 5
With only 10 episodes to it’s first season, Gotham has covered quite a bit of ground in exploring Jim Gordon’s introduction to the Gotham police force, while also introducing some of Gotham’s most vile villains before they become the popular characters known today. With the case of the Wayne murder hanging over Gordon’s head, the corruption and violence in Gotham gives Gordon a reason to fight. It’ll be interesting to see who is introduced in January.
American Horror Story; returns Jan. 7
Since the Murder House miniseries premiered in 2011, the American Horror Story series has been praised since then. Each miniseries has different characters and a new story, but features many of the same actors. Now, I have never seen any of the American Horror Story series. The reason I’ve avoided it is because I know I can’t watch them by myself or I’d probably have a nightmare. My sister and I have decided to watch them over winter break, so I’ll be right there with you if you decide to start now as well.
Parks and Recreation; returns Jan. 13
This beloved comedy is returning for its seventh and final season on Jan. 13. Unfortunately, the season will only have 13 episodes. As much as I am saddened by this show ending, I can’t wait to see where the characters end up. You have plenty of time to watch the last six seasons and come to love these characters as much as I do.
The Flash; returns Jan. 20
A spin-off of Arrow, The Flash has 10 episodes to its first season, so it’ll be fairly simple to catch up. The season starts with an introduction to how Barry Allen got his powers and follows him as he learns how to control them. Towards the end of the season, there is a Flash/Arrow crossover, which is why I highly recommend catching up on Arrow.
Arrow; returns Jan. 21
Arrow is currently in its third season, so if you haven’t caught up yet, Netflix has the first two seasons. I can’t speak much to the newest season, because I got a late start and am only on season two, but what I have seen so far has been tremendous. The show flashes between the experiences Oliver Queen had to become the Arrow and what he is using his abilities for.
How to Get Away With Murder; returns Jan. 29
Well, this show has had quite the first season. From showing a murder through flashbacks and through the eyes of various characters to focusing on a larger case throughout the series to working on smaller cases, there was always something happening on the show. There are only nine episodes to watch from now until January, so you have no excuse to fall behind.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.; returns March 3
I love the Marvel franchise, but I’ll admit that I wasn’t really impressed with season one, but this show returned with an incredible story for season two and has been on an upwards trajectory. The mid-season finale introduces a new Marvel character to the universe, who will be familiar to fans of the comics. Though there is a long break before its return, Marvel’s Agent Carter will be premiering on Jan. 6 and will air during the break.
Game of Thrones; returns Spring 2015
So I’m including this show on the list even though it has been off the air since June and won’t return for its fifth season until the spring, because if you haven’t started watching this show, you really need to. Game of Thrones is phenomenally put together and the storylines will drag you in. Also, you should probably read the books too if you don’t mind some spoilers, because they are amazing.

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Fall TV Standouts

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Fall premiere season is underway, old favorites are back (Scandal!), and new shows are trying to make their mark. Every fall, some of these new shows fail and disappear; others leave an impression and become the new favorites. Some shows have already premiered and have proven themselves, and just as always, there are some that probably aren’t going to make it through the next few months. Here are three fall TV standouts you might want to check out:

Gotham, FOX
You don’t have to be a die-hard Batman fan to think Gotham is a pretty great show; although, if you are a comic fan, a lot of clues about future characters are dropped quite frequently. The prequel show focuses on Gotham villains before they became the iconic characters we know and Jim Gordon (Benjamin McKenzie) before he was commissioner. The show features Jada Pinkett Smith as Fish Mooney, a relentless mobstress created for show; Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot, the penguin; and Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle, catwoman. Gotham premiered Sept. 22.
How to Get Away With Murder, ABC
It’s no surprise that this Shonda Rhimes-produced show has proven that it is here to stay within the first two episodes. Viola Davis stars as a defense attorney and law professor who gets entangled in a murder plot, along with some of her students that she’s chosen to assist in her law office. The show jumps between cases and classroom and mystery to keep you riveted throughout the entire episode. How to Get Away with Murder also features Alfred Enoch, Matt McGorry, and Liza Weil. The show premiered Sept. 25.
The Flash, CW
The Flash premiered on Oct. 7, and I am excited to see this superhero come to life. Grant Gustin stars as Barry Allen, the investigator-turned-superhero. The co-creators of Arrow (which also airs on the CW) have set the bar for television portrayals of superheroes, and they also developed The Flash, so here’s to hoping they take this one and live up to the hype.
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