You know all those courtrooms dramas featuring hotshot attorneys who don't play by the rules? Just where did they learn all those tricks?

Probably from someone like Viola Davis on ABC's upcoming drama "How to Get Away With Murder."

The latest series from uber-producer Shonda Rhimes ("Grey's Anatomy," "Scandal"), "Murder" features Oscar nominee Davis ("Doubt," "The Help") as a tough-as-nails criminal defense professor attempting to mold young minds into the type of slick, fast-talking lawyers as seen on primetime. The impressionable students are drawn into a real murder case that tests their law knowledge and the limits of their morality. 

Watch the trailer here:

"Murder" also stars Kate Findlay, Billy Brown, Matt McGorry, Alfred Enoch, Jack Falahee, Karla Souza and Aja Naomi King, but the trailer is clearly Davis' show.

"How to Get Away With Murder" premieres this fall

Dave Lewis has been a Los Angeles-based entertainment writer and editor for nearly ten years. Originally hailing from Minneapolis, he moved to L.A. in 1996 to attend USC, before working for various periodicals and web sites including a lengthy stint at He joined the HitFix staff in 2011.