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What to Watch on Thursday: Big premieres include Shonda’s shows and ‘Parenthood’

Viola Davis (center) plays Annalise Keating, a brilliant and charismatic defense attorney and law professor on ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder.”
Viola Davis (center) plays Annalise Keating, a brilliant and charismatic defense attorney and law professor on ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder.” Nicole Rivelli/ABC

How to Get Away with Murder (10pm, ABC) - “Murder” executive producer Shonda Rhimes already owns ABC’s Thursday nights with “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal.” Now, Rhimes gets a third Thursday hour – and the new drama has all her trademarks: the telegenic, diverse cast; the quick, blink-and-you’ll-miss-something pace; the steamy sex scenes; the multiple surprises in every episode. Viola Davis stars as an imposing defense attorney and law professor, and the sharp students under her tutelage don’t just learn the show’s title in theory, a few of them learn it in practice as well. That’s all we’re gonna say.

Also on tonight . . .

Bones (8pm, Fox) - Booth is in jail and awaiting trial as the tenth season begins, but the Jeffersonian team wonder if the remains of a man who died 16 years before have something to do with the conspiracy that put him in prison -- a place he shares with criminals he helped lock up.

Grey’s Anatomy (8pm, ABC) - In the 11th season opener, Meredith finds her life in chaos both at work and at home, and Bailey and Alex battle for Cristina’s seat on the board.

Scandal (9pm, ABC) - Season 4 opens with Fitz beginning his second ted with a plan to make positive change for the nation. But Millie is still having trouble dealing with her son’s death, and Olivia’s absence leaves a void on her team.

Sleepy Hollow (9pm, Fox) - In the Season 2 premiere, Ichabod is buried alive in a coffin and Abbie is in danger of spending eternity in purgatory. Also, Katrina is a reluctant guest of the Headless Horseman and Capt. Irving is in jail on a murder charge.

Parenthood (10pm, NBC) - The sixth and final season opens with Sarah and Zeek heading to Las Vegas to celebrate Zeek’s birthday, while Amber deals with adulthood and new life changes. There has been a lot of speculation that this final season will involve a death – perhaps Zeek’s – and the family coming to terms with that loss. I’m not at all sure I could handle that, but just in case, the hankies are ready.

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