2016: The Year in Charts

Shonda Rhimes' New Show: 6 Musical Do's & Don'ts

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Kerry Washington on "Scandal" on October 9, 2014.

Who's ready to get emotional with their television? 

When it was announced this week that a pilot was ordered from Shonda Rhimes' Shondaland, we were already pretty excited. The Catch is reportedly "a thriller about a woman about to get married and about to get conned. Unbeknownst to her slippery fiancĂ©, our heroine -- who investigates fraud for a living -- is not all she claims to be. And when the fiancĂ©'s expertly planned con collides with her perfectly constructed lies, they plunge into a dangerous game of cat and mouse," per Entertainment Weekly.

While we're eagar to see how the show shapes up, we also can't wait to hear the music. Rhimes' shows -- including Grey's Anatomy and Scandal (which she created) and How to Get Away With Murder (which she produces), all of which return with new episodes tonight -- are known for their bold music choices, in addition to their steamy scenes and dramatic dialogue.

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"Finding that moment where you placed that perfect song -- there's nothing like it," Rhimes previously told Billboard. "The show comes alive in a very fun way once the right song has been placed."

With that in mind, we put together some hopeful Do's and Don'ts for the music of The Catch. 

DO: Have a Sappy Love Theme for the Major Characters.
Derek and Meredith have one. Olivia and Fitz have one. Make sure your new pairing does too. It's the only time we know when they are happy -- when that music is playing.

DON'T: Underestimate the power of a good '70s power ballad.
Nostalgia is strong, and unexpectedly throwing in an oldie -- like Scandal memorably did during last season's finale, which found Olivia (Kerry Washington) boarding a plane to the great unknown, set to the music of The Temptations.

 

DO: Use Your Power to Get Fun Covers.
Season 10 of Grey's was filled with great covers of '80s and '90s songs -- from Sleeping at Last's take on "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)," to Young Summers' "Don't You Want Me" and Imperial Mammoth's "Dance Hall Days." More of these please!

DON'T: Be afraid of a great montage scene, no matter the emotion.
If you're watching Thursday nights on ABC, you're going to get some kind of emotional montage at the end of nearly every episode, and, fair warning, you're probably going to ugly-cry as well. We're more than OK with this; we'll just make sure we've got waterproof mascara.

DO: Go back in time. 
Scandal rarely uses modern music, a fact that was intentional. "There's a strong sense of nostalgia to these songs," music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas previously told Billboard. "We all have our own memories tied to them." Cue that Stevie Wonder.

DON'T: Have a musical episode.
This should never happen again.

--Written by Denise Warner and Erin Strecker