Viola Davis, Shonda Rhimes Team Up for TV Pilot

Oscar-nominee to star in How to Get Away With Murder.

Posted: 02/26/2014 12:15 PM EST

Television has a new dream team. Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes and two-time Oscar-nominated actress Viola Davis are coming together to make a television pilot called How to Get Away With Murder, Deadline.com reports. 

The show, described as a sexy, suspense-driven legal thriller that centers on ambitious law students and their brilliant and mysterious criminal defense professor (Davis), who becomes entangled in a murder plot that could rock change the course of their lives, will be Davis's first major television role in a decade, since she was a recurring actor on Law & Order, and her first time headlining a prime-time network series.

Rhimes, of course, has a great track record for taking big-screen actors and making them stars on the small screen. Kerry Washington had a career breakthrough after signing on for Scandal, which earned her an Emmy nomination and is a ratings smash.

If taken to series by ABC, this will be Rhimes's fourth prime-time drama. She previously created Grey's Anatomy and its spin-off, Private Practice.

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