On Wednesday (November 19) morning, ABC announced premiere dates for two of its high profile midseason dramas, while setting an early finale date for its biggest new hit of the fall.
Up first, the first season finale for “How To Get Away With Murder” will be a two-hour episode airing from 9 to 11 on Thursday, February 26. The Viola Davis drama has been a Live+SD hit for ABC and an even biggest success factoring in DVR figures, but the network always approached “Murder” as a somewhat limited-run series, with a 15-episode order.
Taking the place of “How To Get Away With Murder” on Thursdays at 10 p.m. will be “American Crime,” from Oscar-winning creator John Ridley. The ensemble drama, which features Timothy Hutton and Felicity Huffman, will premiere on Thursday, March 5.
Earlier that week, “Secrets and Lies” will premiere with a two-hour episode from 9 to 11 on March 1, moving into its regular 9 p.m. hour the following week. Ryan Phillippe stars in this remake of the Australian format.
“American Crime” has an 11-episode run, while “Secrets and Lies” has 10 episodes.
On the midseason front, ABC previously announced that “Marvel's Agent Carter” will begin its run as “S.H.I.E.L.D.” fill-in on January 6, while “Galavant” will take the place of “Once Upon a Time” starting on January 4.