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Scandal Star Joe Morton Plots Next TV Role: Get All the Details!

Scandal is concluding after seven years in April, and that means the talented cast is free to plot their follow-up roles on the small screen. 

Joe Morton is the latest cast member to jump from the sudsy political thriller to one of the many pilots in the works. 

Morton has been cast opposite Brandon Hall on the CBS pilot, God Friended Me. He will take on the series regular role of Reverend Arthur Finer, a thoughtful and creative man who has a son named Miles.

Arthur has been the reverend of Trinity Church for the past 25 years. While he doesn't agree with his son's firm rejection of his faith, he wants him back in his life.

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Suraj Sharma and Javicia Leslie are also tapped to appear in the pilot which hails from Berlanti Productions and  Warner Bros. TV.

Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt will pen the script,
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Pilot News: Tyler Ritter Is Playing Dead, Scandal Star Finds God and More

Pilot News: Tyler Ritter Is Playing Dead, Scandal Star Finds God and More
Tyler Ritter is headed back to The CW, where he recurred on Arrow as Detective Billy Malone.

The actor will headline the network’s dysfunctional-family dramedy pilot Playing Dead, our sister site Deadline reports.

The potential series from writers Rina Mimoun and Josh Reims (Mistresses, Everwood) centers around a mortician and his teenage son whose lives are turned upside down when the woman who abandoned them 15 years ago returns and asks them to fake her death. Ritter, who starred on CBS’ short-lived comedy The McCarthys, will play the wry father/funeral home director.

In other pilot casting news:

* Scandal‘s
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‘Scandal’ Star Joe Morton Joins CBS Drama Pilot ‘God Friended Me’

‘Scandal’ Star Joe Morton Joins CBS Drama Pilot ‘God Friended Me’
Joe Morton has joined the cast of the CBS drama pilot “God Friended Me,” Variety has learned.

The series follows an outspoken atheist named Miles (Brandon Michael Hall) whose life is turned upside down when he is “friended” by God on Facebook. Unwittingly, he becomes an agent of change in the lives and destinies of others around him.

Morton will appear in the series regular role of Reverend Arthur Finer. A thoughtful and intelligent man, Miles’ father has been the Reverend of Trinity Church for the past 25 years. Although he doesn’t agree with his son’s strong rejection of his faith, he wants him back in his life. He joins previously announced cast members Hall, Suraj Sharma, and Javicia Leslie.

Morton, a veteran actor with an on-screen career spanning nearly five decades, currently stars as Rowan Pope in the hit ABC-Shondaland drama “Scandal,” which is currently wrapping up its seventh and final season. He is also
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‘God Friended Me’: ‘Scandal’s Joe Morton To Co-Star In CBS Drama Pilot

Emmy-winning Scandal co-star Joe Morton is set for a series-regular role opposite Brandon Micheal Hall in CBS drama pilot God Friended Me, a light hourlong procedural from Alcatraz co-creators Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt, director Marcos Siega, Greg Berlanti's Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. TV. Written by Lilien and Wynbrandt and to be directed by Siega, God Friended Me is described as a humorous, uplifting series that explores questions of faith, existence…
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'Scandal's' Joe Morton to Co-Star in CBS' 'God Friended Me'

Scandal Emmy winner Joe Morton has booked his follow-up role.

The actor has been tapped to co-star in CBS drama pilot God Friended Me.

Questions of faith, existence and science are explored in what is described as a humorous, uplifting drama about an outspoken atheist (Brandon Micheal Hall, The Mayor) whose life is turned upside down when he is "friended" by God on Facebook. Unwittingly, he becomes an agent of change in the lives and destinies of others around him.

Morton will take on the role of Rev. Arthur Finer, a thoughtful and intelligent man who is the father to...
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Scandal on ABC: Cancelled or Renewed for Season Eight?

Vulture Watch Now that Olivia Pope is the White House Chief of Staff, what crises will she encounter? Has the Scandal TV show been cancelled or renewed for an eighth season on ABC? The television vulture is watching for the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page has is the place to track the status of Scandal, season eight. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?  What's This TV Show About? Airing on the ABC television network, Scandal stars Kerry Washington, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes, Guillermo Diaz, Jeff Perry, Tony Goldwyn, Joshua Malina, Bellamy Young, Scott Foley, Portia de Rossi, Cornelius Smith Jr., and Joe Morton. The series centers on former White House Communications Director, Olivia Pope (Washington). Upon exiting that job,
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‘The West Wing’ Cast Denounced Donald Trump with an ‘All The President’s Men’ Live Reading

‘The West Wing’ Cast Denounced Donald Trump with an ‘All The President’s Men’ Live Reading
This weekend, former “West Wing” stars Bradley Whitford, Richard Schiff, Joshua Malina, and Ed Begley Jr. took part in a live reading of William Goldman’s Oscar-winning “All the President’s Men” screenplay at Los Angeles City Hall. The January 27 performance commenced in the marble-columned Council Chamber, where audience members in wooden pews faced the 20-person cast, who temporarily occupied legislators’ desks and high-backed leather chairs.

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Stephen Sachs, the co-founder and co-artistic director of Los Angeles’ Fountain Theatre, created the free event and served as the show’s director. “News journalists and artists are the enemy of dishonest leaders, because we are the truth tellers,” he said. “I am so proud of our city. What other major city in the country would hand over City Hall to its artists?”

“All the President’s Men” (1976) was adapted from
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'West Wing' Stars Reunite for Benefit Reading of 'All the President's Men'

Joe Morton had just stepped off a red carpet in the rotunda of Los Angeles City Hall Saturday night when the Scandal star was approached by a fan.

“Hi, I’m Richard Schiff’s mother,” said Charlotte Schiff-Booker. “I just want to say hi and that we think you’re wonderful. We watch you on that show every week. It gets meaner and more horrible.”

“And it’s going to get crazier and crazier,” Morton said.

The one-time-only reading of All the President's Men — directed by The Fountain Theatre’s Stephen Sachs — was led by the stars of The West Wing. Bradley Whitford starred as Bob...
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Scandal Season 7 Episode 9 Review: Good People

Well, that was a crazy turn of events. 

We took a trip to the past on Scandal Season 7 Episode 9, and it was not that far back.

It was all about filling in the blanks to find out what really happened while Quinn was in Rowan's horrid basement. 

Quinn survived, and while the execution of this whole plot was a slap in the face to longtime fans of the series, I'm glad it's over. Losing Quinn at the hands of Rowan would be the most offensive exit for a long-serving character in the history of Shondaland. 

Quinn was against Olivia because she knew Olivia was turning to the dark side, so it made sense for Olivia to toy with Rowan to annoy him. 

If you watch Scandal online, you will already know that Olivia is on a slippery slope, and the chances of her pulling herself back from the brink are diminishing by the minute.
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Scandal Recap: Quinn's Real Fate Revealed — For Real This Time

Scandal Recap: Quinn's Real Fate Revealed — For Real This Time
I never thought I’d be able to describe Scandal as “that show where Joe Morton screams at a dinosaur toy for an hour,” yet here we are.

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Thursday’s episode — which promised to re-answer the question it half-answered last week — turned back the clock to five days before Quinn was killed… or, you know, wasn’t killed. It was one of those episodes where the characters retread past events from a different point of view.

We even relived part of Olivia and Rowan’s infamous “the reckoning is here!
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‘Scandal’ Star Katie Lowes on What Really Happened to Quinn: ‘The Stakes Couldn’t Be Higher’

Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you have not yet watched the Jan. 25 episode of “Scandal” entitled “Good People.”

After an episode (“Robin”) that saw Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) and Qpa mourning the loss of Quinn (Katie Lowes), “Scandal” finally flashed back to show exactly what she went through after she walked into her office in her white dress on the day of her wedding, only to never be seen by her friends and co-workers again. It turned out Rowan (Joe Morton) didn’t shoot her after all.

“I knew Quinn wasn’t dead, and it was kind of special and amazing and emotional to get an episode like [‘Robin’] where I just got to see those flashback moments of Quinn to see how she’s grown and changed in the last seven years,” Lowes tells Variety. “It was really rewarding in a sick way.”

Since Lowes actually was pregnant during production, the show shot
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What Really Happened to Quinn on Scandal? Let's Discuss

Spoilers for the latest episode of Scandal below! Scandal's Winter premiere left us with more questions than answers, the biggest one being: is Quinn really dead? Given the tension between Olivia (Kerry Washington) and Papa Pope (Joe Morton) over the whole dinosaur bones fiasco, it's certainly looking that way. Then again, when Rowan puts the woman's body into the trunk, we don't get to see her face before the car explodes, leaving a charred corpse behind. Who's to say that wasn't a decoy body? Sure, Olivia later tests for DNA, and the rest of the gladiators find a piece of her clothing at the scene, but would planting evidence like that really be so difficult for Rowan to engineer? Doubtful (the same goes for the two gunshot wounds Quinn and her unborn baby supposedly suffered). Regardless, the team is devastated by the possibility that their longtime friend is gone. They
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Scandal Secrets, Spilled?! 4 Times That Shonda Spoiled Big Twists for Her Cast

Scandal Secrets, Spilled?! 4 Times That Shonda Spoiled Big Twists for Her Cast
Visiting the Scandal set earlier this month for what would be the very last time, any notion of learning anything about the series finale (airing Thursday, April 19) was to be instantly dismissed.

“[We know] absolutely nothing, literally nothing,” insisted Katie Lowes, who plays Quinn. “We don’t even know about next week!” Driving the point home, series lead Kerry Washington said, “Even if you hypnotized us, we couldn’t answer.” At which point we put away our swinging pocket watch.

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After all, for six-and-a-half seasons now, this cast knows to expect
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Is This Scandal Sneak Peek Proof That Quinn Really Is Dead?

Is This Scandal Sneak Peek Proof That Quinn Really Is Dead?
Papa Pope, exactly who is in that trunk of yours? When Scandal finally returns from its winter hiatus on Thursday, Jan. 18, we should finally learn the truth regarding poor Quinn's (Katie Lowes) mortality after that shocking gun shot from the other room had Olivia (Kerry Washington) convinced that she made a grave mistake in calling dear ol' dad Rowan's (Joe Morton) bluff when he said he'd put a bullet in the new head of Qpa's, well, head. And as this sneak peek of the midseason premiere, exclusive to E! News, hints, things do not look too good for Quinn. In the brief clip, Papa Pope drive his car into an abandoned lot in the dead of night, only to pop the trunk and...
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NAACP Image Awards: Empire, Power, black-ish, Insecure Among Winners

NAACP Image Awards: Empire, Power, black-ish, Insecure Among Winners
The 49th NAACP Image Awards were handed out on Monday night, coinciding with Martin Luther King Jr. Day for the first time in the ceremony’s history.

The two-hour broadcast featured several first-time winners, including Power‘s Omari Hardwick and Insecure‘s Jay Ellis, the latter of whom nabbed a trophy on his first nomination for the HBO comedy.

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There were also a number of repeat victors: ABC’s black-ish took home its fourth consecutive award for Outstanding Comedy Series, as did stars Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson (who
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NAACP Image Awards: The Complete Winners List

NAACP Image Awards: The Complete Winners List
Ava DuVernay won Entertainer of the Year and “Girls Trip” won best motion picture at the 49th NAACP Image Awards on Monday night.

Other honorees included “Black-ish,” which won outstanding actor and actress in a comedy series for Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson, who is also returned to host the show, while Taraji P. Henson of “Empire” and Omari Hardwick of “Power” won outstanding actress and actor in a drama series.

Danny Glover was presented with the prestigious President’s Award for his Hollywood career and philanthropy efforts. Additionally, Common and Andra Day performed.

The TV One telecast, which aired live on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, also saluted the late civil rights icon.

“I think it’s important [the ceremony airs on Mlk Day] this year because we have a president who doesn’t seem to care about anyone but those who look like him and have money like him,” actress Yvette Nicole Brown said on the carpet.

She continued
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NAACP Image Awards: The Complete Winners List

NAACP Image Awards: The Complete Winners List
Ava DuVernay won Entertainer of the Year and “Girls Trip” won best motion picture at the 49th NAACP Image Awards on Monday night.

Other honorees included “Blackish,” which won outstanding actor and actress in a comedy series for Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson, who is also hosting the show, while Taraji P. Henson of “Empire” and Omari Hardwick of “Power” won outstanding actress and actor in a drama series.

Sunday night, 47 Image Awards were given at a non-televised dinner, including for Jordan Peele, who won for writing and directing “Get Out.” Click here for more photos of the ceremony.

Complete list of winners follows:

Entertainer Of The Year

Ava DuVernay

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture

Daniel Kaluuya – “Get Out” (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture

Octavia Spencer – “Gifted” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Outstanding Motion Picture

Girls Trip” (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson – “`black-ish” (ABC)

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy
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Tiffany Haddish, Idris Elba Win at NAACP Image Awards Non-Televised Portion

Tiffany Haddish, Idris Elba Win at NAACP Image Awards Non-Televised Portion
The winners in the non-televised categories of the 49th NAACP Image Awards were announced Sunday night, with Tiffany Haddish and Idris Elba among those taking home awards.

Elba won for best actor in a television movie or miniseries for Showtime’s “Guerrilla” as well as for supporting actor in a motion picture for “Thor: Ragnarok.” Queen Latifah won for best actress in a television series or movie for Lifetime’s “Flint.” Haddish won for best supporting actress in a movie for “Girls Trip.”

Winners were announced in 47 categories Sunday night. The remaining nine Image Award winners will be revealed in a live broadcast on TV on Jan. 15.

See the list of Sunday night’s winners below:

Television

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Jay Ellis – “Insecure” (HBO)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Marsai Martin – “`black-ish” (ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Joe Morton – “Scandal” (ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
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Tiffany Haddish, Idris Elba Win at NAACP Image Awards Non-Televised Portion

Tiffany Haddish, Idris Elba Win at NAACP Image Awards Non-Televised Portion
The winners in the non-televised categories of the 49th NAACP Image Awards were announced Sunday night, with Tiffany Haddish and Idris Elba among those taking home awards.

Elba won for best actor in a television movie or miniseries for Showtime’s “Guerrilla” as well as for supporting actor in a motion picture for “Thor: Ragnarok.” Queen Latifa won for best actress in a television series or movie for Lifetime’s “Flint.” Haddish won for best supporting actress in a movie for “Girls Trip.”

Winners were announced in 47 categories Sunday night. The remaining nine Image Award winners will be revealed in a live broadcast on TV One Jan. 15.

See the list of Sundy night’s winners below:

Television

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Jay Ellis – “Insecure” (HBO)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Marsai Martin – “`black-ish” (ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Joe Morton – “Scandal” (ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
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