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It’s time for How To Get Away With Squeezing A Wedding And A Murder Into One Midseason Finale

Billy Brown, Viola Davis
Billy Brown, Viola Davis
Photo: Mitch Haaseth (ABC)

Here’s what’s happening in the world of television for Thursday, November 15. All times are Eastern.


Top pick

How To Get Away With Murder (ABC, 10 p.m.): Keeping track of the many lies, tricks, twists, time-jumps, nefarious plots, torrid histories, and yes, murders of How To Get Away With Murder can be quite daunting. Luckily, there are a few constants. One: Viola Davis. Two: Someone is always up to something seriously questionable in both the present and the future, and ominous flash-forwards leave a trail of breadcrumbs to big, explosive reveals and correspondingly histrionic ABC promos. Three: Connor (Jack Falahee) and Oliver (Conrad Ricamora) have always been some kind of a thing. They met in the pilot, broke up and reunited throughout the series, and are now due for a wedding—unfortunately for someone, it’s a wedding glimpsed both in ominous flash-forwards and correspondingly histrionic ABC promos.

In tonight’s midseason finale, casually titled “I Want to Love You Until the Day I Die,” we’ll glimpse at least some of the event to which those breadcrumbs lead. We won’t have a recap of tonight’s episode, but Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya stands ready to assess how effectively the characters do or do not get away with murder when HTGAWM returns from its midseason hiatus.

Regular coverage

The Good Place (NBC, 8:30 p.m.)

Wild card

The Wine Show (Ovation 10 p.m.): Let’s get right to the heart of this one. Here’s Matthew Rhys—who, sadly, was shooting The Post when the second season of this delightful series filmed—on the experience of shooting The Wine Show with Matthew Goode, speaking to our pals at The Takeout:

It’s much harder than you think. A lot of people go, “Fuck you, don’t be so stupid. Three, four weeks of drinking wine is idyllic.” So when you start drinking wine at 8:30 in the morning and stop drinking wine at 6 p.m., and the producer in mid-day is saying things like, “You know, you’ve got to stop slurring, and you’ve got to say something else apart from ‘It’s a really nice wine.’” I found it hard. You’re opening so many bottles of wine, inevitably, everyone was like, “Oh, let me have a little quick sip of that.” And then everyone was up and running.

To fill the Philip Jennings-shaped hole in The Wine Show’s heart, Goode and company enlisted fellow charming Brit James Purefoy to help find new ways to say, “It’s a really nice wine.” What else do we have to tell you? This is a show where charming British people got tanked and talk about wine. Who doesn’t want to watch that?

Contributor, The A.V. Club and The Takeout. Allison loves TV, bourbon, and overanalyzing social interactions. Please buy her book, How TV Can Make You Smarter (Chronicle, 2020). It’s short!