Return to TGIT ‘s Glory Days Again With the Originals – DVD Reviews

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Fans of TGIT are all in a tither since the precious eight/nine oclock time slot that is usually occupied by the OMG show “Scandal” . won’t be back until mid season. Last year, Shonda Rhimes made history by being the first woman in prime time to completely occupy an evening on a major network. The public couldn’t get enough of these stars and the magazines raced to put them on as many covers that the fans could buy. The highlight of last season was a promo that showed the stars of “Grey’s Anatomy” , “Scandal” and “How to Get Away With Murder” dancing and having fun. This was quite a stretch from the sickness , death, and murder that the public was used to seeing each week from these characters. It also spotlighted the couples that everyone loved.

Return to the year where everything changed . Return to when Meredith Grey was dealing with the death of her husband. Feel the romance as Fitz and Olivia can finally come out into the light as a couple. Go on a roller coaster ride of a lifetime with Professor Keating and the Keating “Five” as they defend a case and Wes learns a terrible secret. ABC Studios and Shondaland proudly present “Grey’s Anatomy Season 12”, “Scandal Season 5” and “How to Get Away With Murder Season 2.” Several weeks ago, I spent a summer night drinking wine and revisiting  my favorite shows. if you are fans of Shonda’s characters, these are your must see DVDs.

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It has been a difficult year for Meredith Grey. She has had to mourn the love of her life and take care of three children while being super surgeon. Her best friend is  now on the other side of the world and she has a new “person” in Alex Karev. She has plenty of support including her sister, Maggie and Derek’s sister , Amelia. All the girls are involved in the extra curricular activity that Grey Sloan is known for-sex. Amelia struggles in her relationship with Owen. Maggie has a conflict over her relationship with D’Amico and being his  superior. Life is definitely not rosy for other doctors as Callie and Arizona gear up for the fight of their life and Jackson and April divorce and then find out that they are going to be parents again. Resident “Penny” shakes things up when she comes with Callie to Meredith’s dinner party. The doctors find out that she is the doctor that was taking care of Derek when he died. It’s the usual medical drama and romance as these surgeons explore new procedures and use their talents when one of their own is attacked. The box set doesn’t have the usual fun features like actor spotlights but fans will enjoy the deleted scenes and watching their favorites on the gag reel.

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The staff rushes to the aid of Meredith when a patient attacks her

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April and Jackson rejoice at the birth of their baby.Will it be enough to bring them back together?

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The White House is in turmoil. Fitz has fired Cyrus and thrown out Mellie. He is happy because finally Olivia and him can be together. They can come into the light finally. So begins Season Five on “Scandal” . It’s the season that starts out with hearts and flowers but alas the course of true love never runs smooth. This is especially the case for Olivia Carolyn Pope and President Fitzgerald Thomas Grant 3 . Fitz serves Mellie with divorce papers and then Olivia gets cold feet about coming out as Fitz’s girlfriend. Olivia is still suffering from PTSD from her kidnapping with disastrous results for the evil former Vice President. Most of the season is relevant in this election year as Fitz’s days in the White House are numbered and the race for the Oval is on. We finally learn the truth about the jaded past of Jake and why he is involved with Rowan. Viewers become spectators at the wedding of Jake and the mysterious Vanessa. Olivia and the gladiators get a new member as Cornelius Walker Jr. joins OPA as Marcus Walker.. He is remembered from last season’s acclaimed episode “The Lawn Chair.”  As the candidates are eliminated, Mellie finally fulfills her dream as she becomes the first woman to run for the White House. You will grab the tissues for the lovers and stay for the drama as the old Olivia is gone forever. Fans will laugh as the gladiators cut up on the gag reel . More drama is promised in the deleted scenes. My favorite is when Tony Goldwyn jumps on the couch and declares his love for Olivia mirroring the Tom Cruise “Oprah” moment.

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There is no stopping Fitz and Olivia now that Mellie is history . Will there be trouble in paradise ?

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Mellie has blackmailed Olivia into taking her all the way to the White House. Is B613 behind the election after all and will Olivia realize its her father pulling the strings once again? Join fans as we wait patiently for the results. Will it be Grant-Ballard or Vargas-Beene?

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The plot thickens in the second season of “How to Get Away With Murder.”  Emmy award winning Viola Davis continues to teach her students the ins and outs of criminal law. On the way to class though, even the teacher has secrets. Annalise explores her wild side with a female lover who returns to her life. Wes finds out horrible truths that his teacher has tried to keep from him when we find out why Wes was made a member of the team. Mourn with Annalise and the late Sam when their baby is tragically killed. Oliver and Connor continue to flourish while Bonnie and Asher explore passion. Frank questions past actions. The talented Tom Verica returns again as the late Sam Keating. as well as Cicely Tyson as Annalise ‘s mother, Ophelia .  Watch as the team unites to defend a brother and sister in the murder of their adoptive parents. But don’t stick around when the season ends. There is no where to run so the team tries to discover their truths by returning home. This includes Analise as she realizes that you truly can’t return home again. Her abusive father has returned to woo Mom and Analise isn’t having it. Fans can laugh at cast members in the gag reel and dig a little deeper with deleted scenes.

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Why does Annalise have a baby? Find out the reason in Season 2 of “How to Get Away with Murder?”

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The team has done enough so now they need to get away. Annalise goes home and tries to save her mom. Frank examines his actions of the past. What lessons will Annalise teach the kids in the upcoming season? Hang in there because we only have to wait for two more weeks.

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