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Channel 7’s How to Get Away With Murder Pilot Review

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“Welcome to law 101 or as I like to call it, How to get away with murder”

In all it’s gravelly deepness, star Viola Davis manages to rip out the title of this show on no less than three occasions during the pilot and with each mention, she manages to make it sound more and more like she’s an emcee at a serial killer convention.

There’s no messing around with How to Get Away With Murder (or HTGAWM as the full title is a complete bitch to continuously write out) though.  4 college students furiously fighting in the dead of night, in the middle of nowhere, over a dead body.  It’s this hectic and fast-paced opener that introduces us to the world of criminal defense lawyer Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) and her entourage of college law students/murderers.

Through flashbacks, dating from three months ago to present day, HTGAWM gives us pieces to a very large puzzle where each piece brings us closer and closer to revealing the full events of the night in which our hapless students found themselves in the middle of the woods frantically bickering over a dead body.

Their teacher, Annalise Keating, is a tough as nails, take no bullshit criminal defense lawyer slash college professor who is admired and feared at the same time and like all of the female leads living within the Shondaland (Greys/Scandal/Private Practice) universe, it appears Annalise has it all. A hugely successful career with a resounding reputation, a kick ass selection of wigs and killer wardrobe, a loving husband and students who worship and want to be her, but behind closed doors, Annalise’s affair with local cop Nate (Billy Brown) and the dealings of her sketchy husband Sam (Tom Verica) begin to tear down the walls Annalise has so heavily fortified.

And while HTGAWM is mostly about Annalise and her behind-closed-doors-life-versus-her-public-one, her students also play a large part in what the show has to offer.

There’s good girl  Michaela Pratt (Aja Naomi King) who attains to be like Annalise one day, Wes Gibbins (Alfred Enoch) who was accepted into class off a wait list and quickly falls behind the class, Connor Walsh (Jack Falahee) he of no morals and who can slut it up with the best of them to get information to win a case, quiet Laurel Castillo (Karla Souza) who may not be as innocent as she puts out and Asher Millstone (Matt McGorry) the cocky loud mouth who misses out on all the murder action.

While this murder itself is the season long story-arc, HTGAWM also strings along side stories allowing Annalise to not only showcase her talents as a criminal defense lawyer but teach her handpicked interns just how exactly one can get away with murder.

HTGAWM is a gutsy effort that tops my list of new dramas for the 2014/15 season and rightfully so.  Even though there’s an entire roster of characters we are introduced to in the first episode, it’s not long before each and every one start to stand on their own and have you questioning their motives behind the predicament they have found themselves in.

While HTGAWM has attachments to Shonda Rhimes (Greys, Scandal and Private Practice) and her Shondaland production empire, Peter Nowalk, (Co exec producer of Scandal) is the mind behind this not so small legal turned murder mystery drama.

How to Get Away With Murder begins Tuesday, Feb 10th, 9pm on Channel 7.

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My 2015 SAG Award Score Card

Uzo Aduba of the Netflix series "Orange is the New Black"
Uzo Aduba of the Netflix series “Orange is the New Black”

My SAG award score card looks better than my Golden Globes one did a few weeks back.  I’m choosing to actually forget those choices (or wins) actually occurred.

I still was a miss on a few categories, but overall, no where near as bad as the globes!  Check out the winners list and my results below.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries:

My pick: Mark Ruffalo/The Normal Heart.  Winner: Mark Ruffalo/The Normal Heart.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries:

My pick: Frances McDormand/Olive Kitteridge.  Winner: Frances McDormand/Olive Kitteridge.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series:

My pick: Matthew McConaughey/True Detective.  Winner: Kevin Spacey/House of Cards

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series:

My pick: Tatiana Maslany/Orphan Black. Winner: Viola Davis/How to get Away With Murder.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series:

My Pick: William H Macy/Shameless. Winner: William H Macy/Shameless

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series:

My Pick: Julia Louis-Dreyfus/VEEP. Winner: Uzo Aduba/Orange is the New Black

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series:

My pick: Homeland.  Winner: Downton Abbey

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series:

My pick: Orange is the New Black.  Winner: Orange is the New Black.

So I hit 50%, 4 out of 8.  Uzo Aduba and Viola Davis’ wins i’m more than fine with!  Were my second choice…you know….if I was allowed to have one!

People’s Choice Awards TV Winners List

How to get away with murder star Viola Davis wins.
How to get away with murder star Viola Davis wins.

The fans have spoken and they love Big Bang Theory, Greys Anatomy and Ellen Degeneres.  The annual People’s Choice awards were handed out on Wednesday night with awards going out to various categories including Favorite Cable Drama, Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Actor and Favorite Actress in a New Series among others.

Big Bang Theory continues to hold strong with fans taking out favorite TV show, favorite network comedy and favorite comedy actress for Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting while in the drama category, Greys Anatomy proved that after almost 11 seasons, the show is still highly popular winning favorite network drama, dramatic actor, dramatic actress and TV character we miss the most.

Other notable winners include The Flash, Jane the Virgin and Pretty Little Liars.  Check out the full list below.

Favorite TV Icon Betty White

Favorite TV Show “The Big Bang Theory”

Favorite Network TV Comedy “The Big Bang Theory”

Favorite Comedic TV Actor Chris Colfer

Favorite Comedic TV Actress Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting

Favorite Network TV Drama “Grey’s Anatomy”

Favorite Dramatic TV Actor Patrick Dempsey

Favorite Dramatic TV Actress Ellen Pompeo

Favorite Cable TV Comedy “Melissa & Joey”

Favorite Cable TV Drama “Pretty Little Liars”

Favorite Cable TV Actor Matt Bomer

Favorite Cable TV Actress Angie Harmon

Favorite TV Crime Drama “Castle”

Favorite Crime Drama TV Actor Nathan Fillion

Favorite Crime Drama TV Actress Stana Katic

Favorite Network Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show “Beauty and the Beast”

Favorite Cable Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show “Outlander”

Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor Misha Collins

Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress Kristin Kreuk

Favorite Competition TV Show “The Voice”

Favorite Daytime TV Host Ellen DeGeneres

Favorite Late Night Talk Show Host Jimmy Fallon

Favorite Dramedy “Orange Is the New Black”

Favorite TV Duo Nina Dobrev & Ian Somerhalder

Favorite TV Character We Miss Most Sandra Oh as Cristina Yang – “Grey’s Anatomy”

Favorite Actor In A New TV Series David Tennant

Favorite Actress In A New TV Series Viola Davis

Favorite Sketch Comedy TV Show “Saturday Night Live”

Favorite Animated TV Show “The Simpsons”

Favorite New TV Comedy “Jane the Virgin”

Favorite New TV Drama “The Flash”

HBO Lead SAG Award Nominations

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HBO has once again taken lead with the Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations among all networks with the cable channel walking away with 14 nominations thanks to standouts like The Normal Heart, Veep and Game of Thrones.

ABC’s Modern Family will try for a record breaking fifth win in the best ensemble comedy category while first time nominee’s include the often over-looked Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) and surprise entry for How to get away with murder‘s Viola Davis.

Check out the full list of the TV nominations below. (I’ve underlined my picks for the win)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
ADRIEN BRODY / Harry Houdini – “HOUDINI” (History)
BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH / Sherlock Holmes – “SHERLOCK: HIS LAST VOW” (PBS)
RICHARD JENKINS / Henry Kitteridge – “OLIVE KITTERIDGE” (HBO)
MARK RUFFALO / Ned Weeks – “THE NORMAL HEART” (HBO)
BILLY BOB THORNTON / Lorne Malvo – “FARGO” (FX)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
ELLEN BURSTYN / Olivia Foxworth – “FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC” (Lifetime)
MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL / Nessa Stein – “THE HONORABLE WOMAN” (Sundance TV)
FRANCES McDORMAND / Olive Kitteridge – “OLIVE KITTERIDGE” (HBO)
JULIA ROBERTS / Dr. Emma Brookner – “THE NORMAL HEART” (HBO)
CICELY TYSON / Carrie Watts – “THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL” (Lifetime)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
STEVE BUSCEMI / Enoch “Nucky” Thompson – “BOARDWALK EMPIRE” (HBO)
PETER DINKLAGE / Tyrion Lannister – “GAME OF THRONES” (HBO)
WOODY HARRELSON / Martin Hart – “TRUE DETECTIVE” (HBO)
MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY / Rust Cohle – “TRUE DETECTIVE” (HBO)
KEVIN SPACEY / Francis Underwood – “HOUSE OF CARDS” (Netflix)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series (6 nominees)
CLAIRE DANES / Carrie Mathison – “HOMELAND” (Showtime)
VIOLA DAVIS / Annalise Keating – “HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER” (ABC)
JULIANNA MARGULIES / Alicia Florrick – “THE GOOD WIFE” (CBS)
TATIANA MASLANY / Sarah/Cosima/Alison/Rachel/Helena/Tony/Jennifer and Various Others – “ORPHAN BLACK” (BBC America)
MAGGIE SMITH / Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham – “DOWNTON ABBEY” (PBS)
ROBIN WRIGHT / Claire Underwood – “HOUSE OF CARDS” (Netflix)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
TY BURRELL / Phil Dunphy – “MODERN FAMILY ” (ABC)
LOUIS C.K. / Louie – “LOUIE” (FX)
WILLIAM H. MACY / Frank Gallagher – “SHAMELESS” (Showtime)
JIM PARSONS / Sheldon Cooper – “THE BIG BANG THEORY” (CBS)
ERIC STONESTREET / Cameron Tucker – “MODERN FAMILY” (ABC)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
UZO ADUBA / Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren – “ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK” (Netflix)
JULIE BOWEN / Claire Dunphy – “MODERN FAMILY” (ABC)
EDIE FALCO / Jackie Peyton – “NURSE JACKIE” (Showtime)
JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS / Vice President Selina Meyer – “VEEP” (HBO)
AMY POEHLER / Leslie Knope – “PARKS AND RECREATION” (NBC)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
BOARDWALK EMPIRE (HBO)
DOWNTON ABBEY (PBS)                                                                           GAME OF THRONES (HBO)                                                               HOMELAND (Showtime)                                                                HOUSE OF CARDS (Netflix)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

THE BIG BANG THEORY (CBS)                                                        BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (FOX)                                                   MODERN FAMILY (ABC)                                                           ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (Netflix)                                          VEEP (HBO)

LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Screen Actors Guild 51st Annual Life Achievement Award
DEBBIE REYNOLDS

The SAG Awards hill be handed out on Sunday Jan 25th, 2015.

Channel 7 in 2015. New and Returning Shows Announced.

Rebecca Gibney and Peter O'Brien return for Winter in 2015
Rebecca Gibney and Peter O’Brien return for Winter in 2015

A mix of new dramas both locally and overseas made, a reality show juggernaut spin-off and documentaries are all coming our way in 2015 as channel 7 announces it’s line-up for the new ratings season.

Sadly though, it seems with some of the imported US content, Australian viewers will be quite some episodes and by the looks of it, even over half a season behind American audiences.  No fast-tracking programs here.

So just what programs did channel 7 reveal?

How to get Away With Murder: This new US drama is easily one of the best to come out of the new US season.  Oscar winner Viola Davis stars as a high profile defense lawyer slash college law professor who finds herself caught up in a murder investigation along with some of her students.  Comes from Shonda Rhimes – she of Greys Anatomy and Scandal.

State of Affairs: Starting November 17th in the US, this Katherine Heigl vehicle has a mix of Madam Secretary and Homeland and see’s Heigl as a CIA agent working closely with the US President.

Aquarius: 1960’s based homicide drama see’s David Duchovny working with an undercover detective trying to solve a missing persons case that leads them to Charles Manson.

Winter: Spin-off series from this years “The Killing Field” telemovie with Rebecca Gibney and Peter O’Brien back in the pursuit of a killer.

Restaurant Revolution: Another spin-off from the My Kitchen Rules juggernaut taking ‘inspiration’ from My Returant Rules, which will see contestants attempt to run their very own restaurant.

800 Words: New Aussie drama starring Packed to the Rafters favorite Erik Thomson who plays a a widowed father, who moves overseas with his two teenagers, then takes on the job of writing a weekly newspaper column.

House Rules: The home renovation show is back for 2015 and just like The Block, is offering up two seasons in the new year.

Catching Milat: Underbelly-stylized drama around the Ivan Milat murders.

What Really Happens in Thailand: First it was Bali, now it’s Thailand – or a heightened version of what actually happens.  This series is focused more on the emergency rooms, cosmetic surgeons and party hot spots.

Programs returning for 2015 include The X Factor, My Kitchen Rules, Winners & Losers, Border Security, The Force and Better Homes & Gardens while The Big Adventure, Bringing Sexy Back and The Amazing Race were not on announced as returning for the network in 2015.