ABC Orders Full Seasons of How to Get Away with Murder and black-ish


This has been a rough season for new shows, but amid the rat race for ratings, ABC has two apparent hits on their hands with the legal drama “How to Get Away with Murder” and the family comedy “black-ish,” both of which ABC Entertainment Group President Paul Lee announced will get full season orders.

“How to Get Away with Murder” was television’s top series debut of the season and the biggest 10 p.m. drama debut in two years in the Adults 18-49 demo, while “black-ish” opened as the #2 series debut and the #1 comedy debut on television, scoring the best-ever viewer retention coming out of “Modern Family” for any comedy debut.

Created and executive produced by Pete Nowalk (“Scandal,” “Grey’s Anatomy”), “How to Get Away with Murder” stars Academy-Award Nominee Viola Davis as Professor Annalise Keating, Billy Brown as Nate, Alfred Enoch as Wes Gibbins, Jack Falahee as Connor Walsh, Katie Findlay as Rebecca, Aja Naomi King as Michaela Pratt, Matt McGorry as Asher Millstone, Karla Souza as Laurel Castillo, Charlie Weber as Frank Delfino and Liza Weil as Bonnie Winterbottom.

“black-ish” was created by Kenya Barris, and stars stars Anthony Anderson as Andre “Dre” Johnson, Tracee Ellis Ross as Rainbow Johnson, Yara Shahidi as Zoey Johnson, Marcus Scribner as Andre Johnson, Jr., Miles Brown as Jack Johnson, Marsai Martin as Diane Johnson and special guest star, Laurence Fishburne as Pops.