Viola Davis is Best Actress winner in Emmy Awards 2015
Actress Viola Davis holds the award for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series for her role in ABC's "How To Get Away With Murder" during the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California September 20, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Viola Davis, who plays Annalise Keating in the Shondaland drama “How to Get Away with Murder,” made history Sunday night when she bagged the Best Actress Award at the Emmy Awards. Shondaland boss Shonda Rhimes took to Twitter to express her thoughts on the historic development.

“I love listening to her speak,” Shonda Rhimes tweeted, with a hashtag of Davis’ name. The writer/producer followed it up by giving Debbie Allen a shout out. See the tweet below.

Rhimes has reasons to celebrate, indeed. Her stories and production are being brought to life by outstanding and award-winning women. Davis is the first black actress to ever snag the Best Actress award at the Emmys. Allen, on the other hand, was the first black actress to ever earn a nomination in the same Emmys category.

Allen is a recurring guest in another Shondaland production, “Grey’s Anatomy.” She plays Catherine Avery, mother of Jesse Williams’ Jackson Avery.

When will “How to Get Away with Murder” return? Season 2 is just around the corner. The three TGIT shows are all coming back on Sept. 24. Like HTGAWM, ‘Greys’ will return to ABC this Thursday. The same goes for “Scandal,” another Shondaland series. These three shows make up ABC’s promo tag, TGIT (Thank God It’s Thursday).

(Spoiler alert) Annalise has shown in HTGAWM’s freshman year that she could go to unimaginable, great lengths just to make sure her interns would move past the horrific incident that involved Sam Keating (Tom Verica). The big cliffhanger question in the Season 1 finale was: Who killed Rebecca?

Meanwhile, Peter Nowalk creator of “How to Get Away with Murder,” has expressed his thoughts about his lead character’s win in two letters. See his tweet below.

“How to Get Away with Murder” Season 2 premieres Thursday on ABC.

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