ABC has renewed the award-winning drama series How to Get Away with Murder for a sixth season with showrunner Pete Nowalk continuing to helm. In addition, ABC has renewed Grey's Anatomy for two additional seasons (Seasons 16 and 17) and Station 19 for a third season. Executive producer and showrunner Krista Vernoff will helm both Grey's Anatomy and Station 19, giving fans two hours of feels on Thursdays and providing a seamless crossover narrative on both series.
"Everyone at Shondaland is thrilled that our fans' commitment to TGIT continues," said Shonda Rhimes and producing partner Betsy Beers in a joint statement. "We are so proud of Krista and Pete and the work they do."
How to Get Away with Murder has been a constant in ABC's TGIT programming block since its premiere in 2014. In this Philadelphia-based drama, murder, deception, fear and guilt are the ties that bind Professor Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) to her associates and students. Over the last five seasons, How to Get Away with Murder has used thought-provoking storytelling to bring societal issues to light, such as the right to a fair trial, racial inequalities in the justice system and mental illness. The Season 5 finale of the hit series left viewers searching for answers about the fate of fan-favorite characters, and Season 6 returns this fall with explanations for those Season 5 cliffhangers.
During its fifth season, ABC's How to Get Away with Murder ranked as the No. 1 program in Thursday's 10 o'clock hour among Adults 18-34 and Women 18-34.
With a diverse cast featuring characters of different races, backgrounds and sexual orientation, How to Get Away with Murder has been praised for its on-screen inclusivity. Over the course of the last five seasons, the series has been awarded numerous accolades including an American Film Institute Award for Television Program of the Year, a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Drama Series and a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Drama Series. Viola Davis has been honored with an Emmy Award, two SAG Awards, a People's Choice Award and a NAACP Image Award for her portrayal of Annalise Keating. Viola Davis' 2015 Primetime Emmy win for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series cemented her name in history as the first woman of color to win an Emmy Award in the category.
Shondaland's How to Get Away with Murder is created and executive produced by Peter Nowalk (Scandal, Grey's Anatomy). Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers and Stephen Cragg also serve as executive producers. The show is produced by ABC Studios.