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ABC Moves ‘Still Star-Crossed’ to Saturdays After 3 Low-Rated Episodes

ABC Moves ‘Still Star-Crossed’ to Saturdays After 3 Low-Rated Episodes
The end appears to be in sight for “Still Star-Crossed.”

Variety has confirmed that ABC is moving the freshman Shondaland drama from Mondays to Saturdays after just three episodes, an almost sure sign that the network will cancel the series after its first season. All three episodes of the show that have aired thus far have failed to make an impact in the Nielsen ratings, even with a “Bachelorette” lead-in. To date, the series is averaging just a 0.4 rating in adults 18-49 and 1.95 million viewers per episode in live-plus-same day. It will begin airing on Saturdays on July 8.

The period
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New Shonda Rhimes Show & Season 2 of “Queen Sugar” Get Premiere Dates

“Still Star Crossed”: ABC

Your summer TV watchlist just got longer. Premiere dates have been announced for Shonda Rhimes’ newest show, “Still Star Crossed,” and the second season of Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey’s family drama “Queen Sugar.” “Still Star Crossed” is set to debut May 29 on ABC. “Queen Sugar” will have a two-night premiere June 20 and 21 on Own.

Based on Melinda Taub’s book, “Still Star Crossed” is a continuation of “Romeo and Juliet.” Per Variety, the series will trace the “treachery, palace intrigue, and ill-fated romances of the Montagues and Capulets in the wake of the young lovers’ tragic fate.” Rhimes serves as exec producer alongside Shondaland partner Betsy Beers and Mark Wilding, Michael Goldstein, and Michael Offer. Offer directed the pilot.

“Still Star Crossed” stars Ebonee Noel (“Eye Candy”), Medalion Rahimi (Ry Russo-Young’s “Before I Fall”), Lashana Lynch (“Brotherhood”), Zuleikha Robinson (Mira Nair’s “The Namesake”), Wade Briggs (“Please Like Me”), Torrance Coombs (“Reign”), Sterling Sulieman (“Veep”), and Anthony Head (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”).

Rhimes’ other upcoming TV projects include a cable comedy series based on Luvvie Ajayi’s first book, “I’m Judging You: The Do Better Manual,” and an untitled legal drama for ABC.

Meanwhile, news of “Queen Sugar’s” premiere date was accompanied with information about some of the women directors helming episodes of the new season. According to Deadline, DeMane Davis (“Lift”), Cheryl Dunye (“The Watermelon Woman”), Aurora Guerrero (“Mosquita y Mari”), and Amanda Marsalis (“Echo Park”) have all signed on to direct. Like its inaugural season, the new episodes of “Queen Sugar” will all be directed by women.

The season will reportedly be split into two parts. The first eight eps will air this summer, while the remaining installments will broadcast in the fall. DuVernay is expected to helm the season finale.

Deadline adds that Season 1 of “Queen Sugar” will be released on Hulu April 21. The streaming giant will also be home to future seasons after they’ve been broadcast on Own.

Queen Sugar” stars Rutina Wesley (“True Blood”), Dawn-Lyen Gardner (“Luke Cage”), and Kofi Siriboe (“Awkward.”) as siblings Nova, Charley, and Ralph Angel, respectively. Based on Natalie Baszile’s novel, the series centers on the Bordelon siblings’ struggle to revive their late father’s Louisiana farm. Its first season finale ranked as the number one cable telecast for women when it aired, delivering 2.76 million total viewers.

Queen Sugar” is exec produced by DuVernay, Winfrey, and Monica Macer. Macer will also be the second season’s showrunner.

DuVernay’s most recent project was “13th,” an Academy Award-nominated documentary examining the U.S. prison system and its racist policies. DuVernay’s adaptation of “A Wrinkle in Time” hits theaters April 6, 2018.

You can catch Winfrey next in the HBO movie “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.” The adaptation of Rebecca Skloot’s nonfiction book premieres April 22.

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Shonda Rhimes Drama ‘Still Star-Crossed’ Sets Summer Premiere Date on ABC

Still Star Crossed” finally has a premiere date on ABC, with the network announcing Thursday that the new Shondaland drama will launch on May 29. The series, from executive producer Shonda Rhimes, was originally supposed to debut midseason 2017. It was picked up to series by the network last May.

The period drama series from Shondaland and ABC Studios picks up where the famous story of “Romeo and Juliet” ends, charting the treachery, palace intrigue and ill-fated romances of the Montagues and Capulets in the wake of the young lovers’ tragic fate. The series is based on the book of the same name by Melinda Taub.

It air will immediately after “The Bachelorette,” which will debut its 13th season the week prior. It was developed for television by Heather Mitchell, who serves as the writer and executive producer. Rhimes, Betsy Beers, Mark Wilding and Michael Goldstein are executive producers. Michael Offer is also an executive producer and director of
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New Scandal Season 5,Episode 9 Official Spoilers,Description Revealed By ABC

Recently, ABC released the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Scandal" episode 9 of season 5. The episode is entitled, "Baby, It's Cold Outside," and it turns out that we're going to see some very intense and high drama stuff go down as Mellie starts flexing all the power she has. The White House gives Olivia a ton of stress, and more! In the new, 9th episode press release: Olivia Feels The Stress Of The White House While Mellie Proves To Be A Powerhouse On The Winter Finale Of ABC's "Scandal." Press release number 2: Olivia will be feeling more and more frustrated as she takes on "First Lady" type responsibilities at the White House. Meanwhile, Mellie will prove just how powerful she can be and Jake and Huck will continue the hunt for Rowan on the winter finale of "Scandal." The episode was written by Mark Wilding, and it was directed by Tom Verica.
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New Scandal Season 4,Finale Episode 22 Official Spoilers,Description Revealed By ABC

Recently, ABC released the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Scandal" season finale episode 22 of season 4. The episode is entitled, "You Can't Take Command," and it turns out that we're going to see some very interesting and dramatic stuff as Command finally becomes victim to Olivia and company's plan of attack, and more! In the new, 22nd episode press release: When You Dance With The Devil You Will Get Burned. Press release number 2: Everything will come to a head in the shocking season finale when Olivia and the team finally make some big moves to take down Command, and Mellie's fate is going to be sealed as the election results are announced, on the season finale of "Scandal." The episode was written by Shonda Rhimes and Mark Wilding ,and it was directed by Tom Verica. The season finale episode 22 is set to air on Thursday night, May 7th
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Scandal, Ep. 4.09, “Where the Sun Don’t Shine” excels at tense, scary family conflict

Scandal, Season 4, Episode 9, “Where the Sun Don’t Shine”

Written by Mark Wilding

Directed by Tony Goldwyn

Airs Thursdays at 9pm Est on ABC

On this week’s Scandal, Olivia confronts both of her parents, Cyrus quits the White House, Jakes hunts down Rowan, Quinn reunites with an old lover, and Huck delivers the truth to his ex-girlfriend.

Scandal has always excelled at finales, so it’s no surprise that “Where the Sun Don’t Shine” is just as fun, twist-y, and shocking as it’s predecessors. Also, it’s obvious from the opening sequence that all actors, and director Tony Goldwyn (Fitz)!, are bringing their A-game.

As introduced last week, the biggest dilemma facing the characters in the episode is Rowan. Poor Olivia, she’s easily winning the Worst Parents of the Year award. As awful as the Popes are, both to their daughter and to other people, it
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New Scandal Season 4,Episode 9 Intense Spoiler Promo Clip Hit The Net

Last night, ABC released the new promo/spoiler clip (below) for their upcoming "Scandal" episode 9 of season 4, and it appears to be quite drama-filled and heavy intense as a lot of crazy stuff goes down, featuring someone getting choked out. Locks are seen getting picked. And last ,but definitely not least, we see Olivia learning how to shoot a gun! The episode is titled, "Where the Sun Don’t Shine.” In the new, 9th episode official plotline: "Command is always two steps ahead ,and everyone in Olivia's life will be put in major jeopardy. Elsewhere, Cyrus will have to suffer the consequences of his behavior, and Huck and Quinn are going to finally discover just what Elizabeth North has been planning, but they might already be too late to stop it. The episode was by written by Mark Wilding and it was directed by Tony Goldwyn. Episode 9 is scheduled to air on Thursday night,
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New Scandal Season 4,Episode 9 Official Spoilers,Plotline Revealed By ABC

Recently, ABC served up the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Scandal" episode 9 of season 4. The episode is entitled, "Where the Sun Don’t Shine,” and it sounds like things will get quite drama-filled and intense as Cyrus is forced to suffer the consequences of his actions. Elsewhere, everyone Olivia knows, will be in danger, and more! In the new, 9th episode press release: Command is always two steps ahead and everyone in Olivia's life is going to be in danger. In the meantime, Cyrus will be forced to face the consequences of his behavior, and Huck and Quinn will finally figure out just what Elizabeth North has been planning, but they might be too late to stop it. Guess stars feature: Jon Tenney as Gov. Andrew Nichols ,George Newbern as Charlie, Portia de Rossi as Elizabeth North , and Joe Morton as Rowan Pope. The episode was written by
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Scandal, Ep. 3.18, “The Price of Free and Fair Elections” delivers a devastating finale

Scandal, Season 3, Episode 18, “The Price of Free and Fair Elections”

Written by Shonda Rhimes and Mark Wilding

Directed by Tom Verica

Airs Thursdays at 10pm Est on ABC

On this week’s Scandal, Fitz loses a son but wins an election, Olivia and Jake abandon D.C., Mellie’s secret is revealed, and Rowan Pope turns out to be the season’s biggest bad.

Though this season’s had some pretty wild ups (everything involving Rowan Pope) and downs (the Quinn, Huck, and Charlie love triangle), “The Price of Free and Fair Elections” closes season three on a relatively high note–literally, as Olivia Pope, who hasn’t been wholly herself in quite a while, finally takes up her father’s season opening offer and jets out of the city with Jake. Her choosing to flee the city is the final disappointment in a season full of them; it’s
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TV Review: SundanceTV's Charming Season Premiere of 'The Writers' Room' Shares Secrets of 'Scandal'

TV Review: SundanceTV's Charming Season Premiere of 'The Writers' Room' Shares Secrets of 'Scandal'
Jim Rash can do no wrong. From his impeccable five-year performance as the Dean on "Community" to his Angelina Jolie-inspired, perfectly-timed pose at the 2013 Academy Awards, to an astute parody of "True Detective" with buddy Joel McHale, the Oscar-winning screenwriter is charming to the nth degree on and off camera. As the host of SundanceTV's "The Writers' Room," he effortlessly pushes for insights from some of the most in-demand writers out there -- and often gets them. While the mood is light during the Q&A session, the entertainment value is high thanks to well-chosen guests, intuitive features, and, of course, its amiable host.  The second season kicks off Friday, April 18th with the creator, lead actress, and writers of ABC's hit late night soap opera, "Scandal" (a well-timed episode considering the show's season finale airs Thursday night). Creator Shonda Rhimes, Kerry Washington, and writers Mark Wilding, Jenna Bans,
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TV Review: SundanceTV's Charming Season Premiere of 'The Writers' Room' Shares Secrets of 'Scandal'

TV Review: SundanceTV's Charming Season Premiere of 'The Writers' Room' Shares Secrets of 'Scandal'
Jim Rash can do no wrong. From his impeccable five-year performance as the Dean on "Community" to his Angelina Jolie-inspired, perfectly-timed pose at the 2013 Academy Awards, to an astute parody of "True Detective" with buddy Joel McHale, the Oscar-winning screenwriter is charming to the nth degree on and off camera. As the host of SundanceTV's "The Writers' Room," he effortlessly pushes for insights from some of the most in-demand writers out there -- and often gets them. While the mood is light during the Q&A session, the entertainment value is high thanks to well-chosen guests, intuitive features, and, of course, its amiable host.  The second season kicks off Friday, April 18th with the creator, lead actress, and writers of ABC's hit late night soap opera, "Scandal" (a well-timed episode considering the show's season finale airs Thursday night). Creator Shonda Rhimes, Kerry Washington, and writers Mark Wilding, Jenna Bans,
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New Scandal Season 3,Finale Episode 18 Spoiler Promo Clip Hit The Net

Last night, ABC released the new promo/spoiler clip (below) for their upcoming "Scandal" finale episode 18 of season 3, and it appears that things will get crazy dramatic and shocking as a major bomb explodes, guns get drawn, and more! The episode is titled, "The Price of Free and Fair Elections." In the new finale episode 18, Election Day has arrived and nothing is going to be off limits as the candidates try to acquire votes. In the meantime, Olivia is going to attempt to understand Maya's mindset. Then we'll see Charlie attempt to make a very shocking move, and more. Guest star intel has not yet been released. The episode was written by Shonda Rhimes and Mark Wilding ,and it was directed by Tom Verica. The finale episode 18 is scheduled to air on Thursday night, April 17th at 9pm central time on ABC.
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New Scandal Season 3,Finale Episode 18 Official Spoilers,Plotline Revealed By ABC

Recently, ABC served up the new,official,synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Scandal" finale episode 18 of season 3. The episode is entitled, "The Price of Free and Fair Elections," and it sounds like things will get pretty intense and intriguing as Charlie attempts to make a startling move, Olivia tries to empathize with Maya, and more. In the new,18th finale episode press release: Election Day has arrived and nothing is going to be off limits as the candidates try to capture votes. Meanwhile, Olivia is going to try to understand Maya's motives ,and Charlie will make a very surprising move. Guest stars have not yet been revealed. The episode was written by Shonda Rhimes and Mark Wilding ,and it was directed by Tom Verica. The finale episode 18 is set to air on Thursday night, April 17th at 9pm central time on ABC.
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Scandal, Ep. 3.08, “Vermont is for Lovers, Too” trims weak, excess characters

Scandal, Season 3, Episode 8, “Vermont is for Lovers, Too”

Written by Mark Wilding

Directed by Ava Duvernay

Airs Thursdays at 10Pm Et on ABC

On this week’s Scandal, Olivia and Fitz rekindle their affair in Vermont, Mellie and Cyrus manipulate James, Josie bows out of the election, and Huck discovers Quinn’s new connection to B613.

After last week’s devastating Mellie-centric episode, “Vermont is for Lovers, Too” is a bit of a cooldown, emotionally. Too bad Mellie’s immediately reduced to the status of scorned wife again, even after last week’s controversial rape storyline, making it that much harder to be on Fitz and Olivia’s side. It’s awful to watch Mellie approach Fitz–knowing full well that a) he’s cheating on her again with Olivia and b) he’s also lying to her about it, again–and tell him they should ask her back on Fitz’s campaign.
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Khandi Alexander Talks Secret 'Scandal' Role

Khandi Alexander Talks Secret 'Scandal' Role
A single episode of Scandal has more mysteries than the entirety of Lost and Twin Peaks combined, and in last week's still-buzzed-about episode, Everything's Coming Up Mellie, we got a massive answer to one of the year's biggest questions: Is Olivia's mother alive? (Spoiler Alert: Yes!)

And now that we know actress Khandi Alexander will be playing Maya Lewis in the show's present day timeline, ETonline caught up with the actress to talk about the incredibly secretive casting process, what she's excited for audiences to see in this week's episode, titled Vermont is for Lovers, Too, and what it's -- maybe -- like to work with Kerry Washington!

ETonline: Not to use a bad pun, but your casting on this show was like the mother of all secrets – what was the casting process like?

Khandi Alexander: Mark Wilding, the executive producer, called me and he said, "I can't tell you anything about her, but you are
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New Scandal Season 3,Episode 8 Intriguing Spoilers & Clips Hit The Net

New Scandal season 3,episode 8 intriguing spoilers & clips hit the net. Last night, ABC served up the new spoilers and sneak peek/spoiler clip (below) for their upcoming "Scandal" episode 8 of season 3. The episode is entitled, "Vermont is for Lover’s, Too," and it appears to be very interesting as Olivia's mother is revealed to still be alive, she demands to see Olivia immediately, and more! In the new "Vermont is for Lover’s, Too" episode, Olivia and the team are going to try to handle both uncovering the truth behind Operation Remington, while also managing a potential crisis with the Josie Marcus campaign. Meanwhile, Quinn will fall further down the rabbit hole with Charlie, and Cyrus is going to create a plan to take down Sally. However, he doesn’t think of the possible harm he could bring upon himself. The episode was written by Mark Wilding and directed by Ava Duvernay.
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New Scandal Season 3,Episode 8 Official Spoilers,Plotline Revealed By ABC

New Scandal season 3,episode 8 official spoilers,plotline revealed by ABC. Recently, ABC released the new,official,synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Scandal" episode 8 of season 3. The episode is entitled, "Vermont is for Lover’s, Too," and it sounds quite intriguing as Quinn continues her downward spiral, Cyrus plots to take down Sally, and more. In the new, 8th episode press release: Olivia and the team are going to try to handle both uncovering the truth behind Operation Remington, while also managing a potential crisis with the Josie Marcus campaign. Meanwhile, Quinn will fall further down the rabbit hole with Charlie, and Cyrus is going to create a plan to take down Sally, but doesn’t think of the possible harm he could inflict on himself. The episode was written by Mark Wilding and directed by Ava Duvernay. Episode 8 is scheduled to air on Thursday night, November 21st at 9pm central time on ABC.
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Scandal's Tony Goldwyn: Flashback Episode Shows Soulmates In an Impossible Situation

Scandal's Tony Goldwyn: Flashback Episode Shows Soulmates In an Impossible Situation
TVLine’s Times Square office this week was paid a visit by no less than the President of the United States — or, at least, Tony Goldwyn of ABC’s Scandal, who previewed Season 1′s penultimate episode (airing tonight at 10/9c), in which we learn through much-anticipated flashbacks how White House hopeful Fitzgerald Grant’s path first crossed with that of Olivia Pope. (Let’s just say the young fixer’s opening line is a real winner.)

Goldwyn also weighs in on his chemistry with series lead Kerry Washington, hails his chief of staff and hints at a surprise or two still to come.
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ABC Announces 2011-12 Primetime Schedule

ABC Announces 2011-12 Primetime Schedule
New series for the 2011-12 season are Apartment 23, Charlie's Angels, Good Christian Belles, Last Man Standing, Man Up, Missing, Once Upon a Time, Pan Am, Revenge, The River, Scandal, Suburgatory and Work It.

America's Funniest Home Videos, The Bachelor, Body of Proof, Dancing with the Stars, Desperate Housewives, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Happy Endings, Secret Millionaire, Shark Tank and 20/20 join previously announced returning series Castle, Cougar Town, Grey's Anatomy, The Middle, Modern Family and Private Practice, Saturday Night College Football also returns.

"We're thrilled to be launching a really diverse and ambitious schedule that balances the strength and stability of our returning hits with a slew of bold new shows," said Lee.

For the 2010-11 TV season, ABC Television Network claims five of the Top 20 highest-rated TV series in Adults 18-49 with Dancing with the Stars, Modern Family, Grey's Anatomy, Dancing with the Stars the Results Show and Desperate Housewives,
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'Grey's Anatomy's' Kevin McKidd on his directorial debut: Ep said, 'Don't mess it up'

There's a lot of anticipation among fans for Thursday's (Feb. 3) episode of "Grey's Anatomy." After all, we've had to wait two weeks after Callie (played by Sara Ramirez) told Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) that she's pregnant and with Mark's (Eric Dane) child.

So, one would think that Kevin McKidd (who plays Owen) would feel some of that, as well. After all, Thursday's episode marks the actors first time ever sitting in the director's chair. But, he says the worst is behind him.

"I don't feel the pressure now," McKidd tells Zap2it. "Because there's nothing we can do about it. It's in the can and it's been cut and the picture is locked. I felt a lot of pressure in December while we were shooting and in January when I was editing it. But, no, weirdly I don't feel any pressure now [laughs]. The ship has sailed as they say."

We spoke
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