EXCLUSIVE: Kendrick Sampson (The Vampire Diaries, Gracepoint) has signed on for a substantive recurring role in the upcoming season of ABC’s How To Get Away With Murder. Details are being kept under wraps, but we’re told Sampson’s character will be introduced in the second season premiere on September 24.

How To Get Away With Murder, created/exec produced by Pete Nowalk and executive produced by Shonda Rhimes, part of ABC’s Shondaland Thursday night, was last fall’s standout series. The legal drama broke DVR records and earned a best actress primetime Emmy and Golden Globe nomination for star Viola Davis and a guest actress Emmy nom for Cicely Tyson.

Sampson is repped by Abrams Artists Agency and Management 360. How To Get Away With Murder Season 2 premieres Thursday, September 24 at 10 PM on ABC.