Viola Davis was positive her new drama How to Get Away With Murder would succeed because its placement in the schedules meant it would piggyback viewers from hit show Scandal.
Davis decided to take her talents to the small screen in the mystery series, and following its debut in September, How to Get Away With Murder has become one of the highest rated among the new crop of programs.
Davis told Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show on Tuesday that she was not surprised at all with the positive reception, because she was long overdue a TV hit – and the drama followed Scandal in the schedules so she knew there would be plenty of viewers already tuned in.
She said, “I did expect it to be as popular as it is. I’m just going to admit it. I said, ‘We’re following Scandal. We’re gonna be successful.'”
I am the failed pilot queen. I did so many failed pilots. I did one pilot where I knew it wasn’t going to make it – Father Lefty, about a Roman Catholic priest who sang Sinatra songs. And I was a nun. And I knew that wasn’t going to make it. There were so many failed pilots. I said, ‘This one has got to hit.'”
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