Worlds are about to collide on a Thursday night this spring as two of ABC’s most popular shows will feature an epic crossover for the first time ever. The network confirmed this week that a crossover between How to Get Away with Murder and Scandal is currently in the works.
Speculation about a potential crossover began when Scandal star Kerry Washington tweeted a photo of herself on the courtroom set of How to Get Away with Murder.
That show’s star, Viola Davis, responded by tweeting a photo of herself on the Oval Office set of Scandal, prompting fans to wonder if plans were afoot.
Shonda Rhimes, the powerhouse producer who created both shows, confirmed the news with her own tweet, featuring a snapshot of the script where Olivia and Annalise first meet.
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) January 3, 2018
ABC then made the news official with the announcement that the crossover will air later this season across one Thursday evening.
Raamla Mohamed wrote the Scandal episode featuring Davis, which was directed by President Grant himself, actor Tony Goldwyn.
Zetna Fuentes directed Washington’s guest-spot on How to Get Away with Murder from a script by Morenike Balogun and Sarah L. Thompson.
Although Thursday nights have long been the home of Rhimes’ hit shows (known collectively as “Shondaland”), this will be the first time any of the shows have featured a crossover.
(The exception, of course, would be Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice, but since the latter show was a spin-off, that hardly counts.)
The crossover comes as the wildly popular Scandal prepares to wind down, as it has already been announced that the current seventh season will be the show’s last.
Davis recently became the first black woman to win an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, as How to Get Away with Murder continues its fourth season.