shonda rhimes thursday abc greys anatomy scandal how to get away with murder Shonda Rhimes owns ABC's 2014 15 Thursdays with 'Grey's,' 'Scandal' and 'How to Get Away With Murder'ABC Entertainment president Paul Lee calls Shonda Rhimes, creator of the network’s hits “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal,” “one of the greatest voices on television.” That’s probably why the network is betting on the veteran writer to take over ABC’s Thursday nights, adding her new drama, “How to Get Away With Murder,” to the lineup at 10 p.m. ET/PT after her two existing hits.

“I couldn’t be more pleased to have that clean flow to the night. Three really powerful dramas,” Lee says on a call with reporters to announce the network’s 2014-15 TV schedule.

“Scandal” will now go up against NBC’s big hit “The Blacklist” beginning in February, but Lee says the schedule was set before NBC announced its move. “We had already landed this lineup,” he says, but ABC isn’t worried. “We’re very confident with ‘Scandal.’ It’s a truly great show.”

Lee is similarly enthusiastic about “Grey’s Anatomy.” “‘Grey’s’ is [going into] its 11th season and still a very powerful show,” he says, later adding that the network is “confident” in the show’s staying power. “We’re really happy for the ‘Grey’s’/’Scandal’ combination to stay together.”

Rhimes is an executive producer of “How to Get Away With Murder,” which was created by “Scandal” and “Grey’s” writer-producer Peter Nowalk.

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