by Natalie Abrams • @NatalieAbrams
(image credit - NINO MUNOZ for ESSENCE/EW/PEOPLE)
Posted September 2 2015 — 8:35 AM EDT
New York City became the home base for Shondaland when the casts of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away With Murder united for an epic photo shoot this past spring.
Gathering during upfronts week in May, the casts of ABC’s Thursday night lineup made history for Time Inc. by being exclusively shot in collaboration among Entertainment Weekly, Essence, and People in the Jewel Suite at the New York Palace. The 33 series regulars (across the three shows) were joined by the creative minds from Shondaland: Shonda Rhimes, her producing partner Betsy Beers, and Murder showrunner Pete Nowalk.
Hitting stands on Friday, Entertainment Weekly’s Shondaland issue features four different collector’s covers: three highlighting each show, while the fourth features Rhimes and leading ladies Ellen Pompeo (Grey’s Anatomy), Kerry Washington (Scandal), and Viola Davis (How to Get Away With Murder) — all of whom sat down for a candid and revealing roundtable.
And if that weren’t enough for #TGIT obsessives, the cast shot is curated with scoop about each character for the shows’ upcoming seasons. Here’s a little tease for Scandal’s Cyrus Beene (Jeff Perry) to whet your appetite: After being fired from the White House, Cyrus is “a monster on the loose,” Rhimes says. “He had an arena to play in before, and now the monster is out, and that is a dangerous thing.” (For more teases, follow @EW on Thursday, and check out Spoiler Room on Friday.)
Grey’s Anatomy (8 p.m. ET), Scandal (9 p.m. ET) and How to Get Away With Murder (10 p.m. ET) return Thursday, Sept. 24 on ABC.