Kerry Washington, Ellen Pompeo, Viola Davis and More from Shondaland Take Over Entertainment Weekly

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It’s Shonda Rhimes‘ world and we just live in it. Or rather, we just watch it, as Entertainment Weekly asserts.

We’re only a couple more weeks away until we get to return to Shondaland on Thursday nights, so obviously, we’re more than excited for the Fall’s headlining shows: Grey’s AnatomyScandal, and How to Get Away With Murder.

Rhimes and her eminent casts from all three shows appeared in one epic photo together for Entertainment Weekly, and also took over the covers for this week’s special Shondaland issue.

THIS!!! Epic!!!! #TGIT #EWTGIT #shondaland SEPTEMBER 24th!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Inside the issue, Rhimes’ leading ladies spoke about their characters and the upcoming seasons of their shows.

Ellen Pompeo touched upon Grey’s Anatomy fans’ most heartbreaking moment, the death of McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey), and the sexist backlash:

All of a sudden, ­Patrick [Dempsey] leaves, and it’s like, Oh my God, ­Meredith’s gonna get killed with Alzheimer’s! The show couldn’t possibly go on ­without the man!”

Kerry Washington highlighted why it’s amazing to work with a “female showrunner” like Shonda:

I was talking to an actress who’s pregnant and really worried about telling her bosses, and I said, ‘Yeah, when I told my boss I was pregnant, she literally jumped up and down in my trailer.’ I don’t know if there’s a male show­runner who would do that.

Viola Davis opened up about race in Hollywood and the entertainment industry:

You have to come from Detroit or Atlanta to be black. If you have John Denver on your iPod and you come from Central Falls, Rhode Island, then: Eh, you trickle-down black woman.”

Lastly, Rhimes explains why her parents were the original “Gladiators”:

When I encountered something that felt like racism—like my high school guidance counselor ­saying to me, ‘Honey, I don’t think you were made for Ivy League schools’—I called my mom at work and said, “Mom, this lady says I’m not made for Ivy League schools.” And my mother said, “Hold on, I’ll be there in five minutes.” My mom drove up to the school, walked into the guidance counselor’s office, came out, and said, “Everything’s fine now.”

In the video below, Rhimes talks about how she doesn’t have a lot of time to watch TV since she’s, you know, writing TV, as well as the one actor she’d love to work with (hint: he’s the frontrunner for the role of James Bond…).

Yes please to Idris Elba, Rhimes.

Grey’s AnatomyScandal, and How to Get Away With Murder run in consecutive order starting at 8 p.m. on Thursday nights), and all make their premiere on Sept. 24 on ABC.

Check out the newest show promo in the video below, and all the Entertainment Weekly Shondaland covers in the gallery above!