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Viola Davis to Star in ABC Pilot ‘How to Get Away with Murder’

Viola Davis is set to star in the ABC drama pilot “How to Get Away with Murder,” from Shonda RhimesABC Studios-based banner.

Landing the Oscar-nommed actress is a coup for the Alphabet. “Murder” revolves around a mysterious law professor and a group of students who become entangled in a murder plot.

Pete Nowalk penned the pilot and exec produces with Rhimes and Shondaland’s Besty Beers. Nowalk is a alum of Rhimes’ ABC series “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal.”

Davis has earned two Oscar noms in the past five years, a supporting bid for her work in 2009’s “Doubt” and a lead actress mention for 2011’s “The Help.”

Before her feature career took off, Davis co-starred in the short-lived CBS drama “Century City.”

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