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The ratings saw a significant drop last season but the Scandal TV show remained one of ABC's top-rated shows. How will it perform this time around? Will starting mid-season help or hurt the ratings? Will Scandal be cancelled or renewed for a seventh season? Stay tuned.Scandal revolves around former White House Communications Director, Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington). Upon exiting her job at the White House, Olivia opened a premier crisis management firm. Now, Olivia Pope & Associates, White House staff members, and other politicos work to handle erupting political scandals. While adept at managing the crises of others, they struggle to contain those problems of their own making. The Scandal cast on also includes Scott Foley, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes, Guillermo Diaz, Jeff Perry, Joshua Malina, Bellamy Young, Portia de Rossi, Joe Morton, Cornelius Smith Jr., and Tony Goldwyn.Read More… »
With the sixth season of “Scandal” wrapped, the stars of the show were ready to celebrate on Thursday night at New York’s Paley Center for Media with a viewing party and live panel with fans.
There’s been plenty of “Scandal” milestones to toast this season, with the 100th episode running in April and the announcement earlier this week that Season 7 with also be the final for the ABC hit.
“I feel really grateful for our run and to have next season. You know, I really don’t want to be out of a job,” said Kerry Washington, who plays lead Olivia Pope. “But we’re going to give it our all.”
The runaway hit for ABC and creator Shonda Rhimes first debuted back in 2012 and has since become a cultural touchstone, reflecting on politics, power, and gender, with a strong female cast and creator. It also launched its cast members, like »
- Margaret Sutherlin
Network: ABCEpisodes: Ongoing (hour)Seasons: SevenTV show dates: April 5, 2012 -- presentSeries status: EndingPerformers include: Kerry Washington, Henry Ian Cusick, Guillermo Diaz, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes, Tony Goldwyn, and Jeff Perry.TV show description: Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) has dedicated her life to protecting and defending the public images of the nation's elite. That means keeping their biggest secrets private. Both revered and feared at the same time, she's a former communications director to the President of the United States. She left the White House to open her own prominent crisis management firm. A mesmerizing top crisis manager, Olivia is hoping to start a new chapter in her life -- both professionally and personally -- but she can't seem to completely cut ties with her past. Slowly, it becomes apparent that »
It was a pretty sweet day for the Kardashian family!
Kourtney and daughter Penelope certainly enjoyed the museum's iconic life-size sprinkle pool, while Kim and daughter North took a call in the bubblegum pink room. It appeared the group was filming the visit for season 14 of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, so we'll have to wait and see if fans will get more of their adventures there!
Earlier in the month, The Real hosts Jeannie Mai, Adrienne Bailon-Houghton and Loni Love all posed in celebration of DeLeón Tequila's Cinco de Mayo bash at the Doheny Room in West Hollywood, California. Joining the group of gals in a stylish red hat was Mai's mom. Guests sipped on DeLeón Tequila’s specialty cocktail, "Mexican »
Last week, we reported that the upcoming seventh season of the Scandal TV show was rumored to be the final installment. It has been known for a while that creator Shonda Rhimes already knew where and when Scandal would end. Now ABC and Shonda Rhimes have confirmed Scandal will end after season seven. A D.C. political drama, Scandal revolves around former White House Communications Director, Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington). The ABC cast also includes Scott Foley, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes, Guillermo Diaz, Jeff Perry, Joshua Malina, Bellamy Young, Portia de Rossi, Joe Morton, Cornelius Smith Jr., and Tony Goldwyn. Read More… »
Gladiators were shocked to learn last week that “Scandal” is ending after its seventh season, which will wrap up in 2018.
ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey confirmed on Tuesday that Kerry Washington’s hit ABC drama will in fact come to a close after its seventh season, following last week’s reports of the series’ ending.
On press call with reporters, including Variety, on Tuesday morning, Dungey said the specific number of episodes for the final season are still being worked out. She noted that “Scandal” creator Shonda Rhimes made the decision to end the series after Season 7.
“I’ve had conversation with Shonda for a while, she had a sense of how she wanted the story to end,” Dungey said. “I always prefer to end a show where you’re feeling creatively on top.” The executive added that “Scandal’s” loyal fans “are going to want the story to end in the way that Shonda wanted it »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Prepare to be scandalized! Although the Scandal TV show was renewed for season seven on ABC, back in February, rumor has it that renewal is for a seventh and final season. A Washington D.C. political drama, Scandal revolves around former White House Communications Director, Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington). The ABC cast also includes Scott Foley, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes, Guillermo Diaz, Jeff Perry, Joshua Malina, Bellamy Young, Portia de Rossi, Joe Morton, Cornelius Smith Jr., and Tony Goldwyn. Read More… »
Spoiler Alert: Do not read ahead if you have not watched “Scandal” Season 6, episode 12, which aired on Thursday, April 27.
Last week’s episode bid adieu to Elizabeth North, but this week’s wasn’t a somber funeral of any sort. “Scandal” raced ahead with more chaos at the hands of none other than Liz North’s killer, the Mystery Woman (Zoe Perry).
The Mystery Woman continued to threaten and frame just about everyone, and she confronted new president-elect Mellie (Bellamy Young) to demand that she wants the vice president spot vacated. But for who? Peus (David Warshofsky), of course.
Peus showed up at Opa to finally meet Olivia (Kerry Washington), who was in top form this episode. He told her that he wants to be vice president and she laughed in his face and kept up a tough front, but she later realized that if Jake (Scott Foley) doesn’t step down from his veep post, he »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
We need to talk about the emotional rollercoaster that was Thursday’s episode of Scandal.
From that shocking death to who was (finally) elected President, Gladiators were overwhelmed with the events that went down.
Warning: Spoilers Ahead!
Olivia (Kerry Washington) & Co. teamed up to free Cyrus (Jeff Perry) from prison so he could become the next Potus, Mellie (Bellamy Young) was set to concede. But North wasn’t going to let Mellie back down as it turned out »
- Karen Mizoguchi
Scandal‘s 100th episode on Thursday asked “What if?” and we just had this to say: “What?!”
And my how things have changed in this alt-reality. Check out the five moments that had our jaws on the floor (in no particular order).
- Karen Mizoguchi
A version of this article originally appeared on EW.com.
The upcoming milestone 100th episode of Scandal features an alternate reality in which Olivia (Kerry Washington), Mellie (Bellamy Young), and Cyrus (Jeff Perry) never rigged the election, and most of the events that have taken place over the last six seasons likely never happened. How different is everyone in this alternate reality as a result? The cast cryptically teases what’s in store:
Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington)
Without a job in the White House or a group of associates working under her, where would Olivia be now? For one, as the promo revealed, »
- NATALIE ABRAMS
The cast and crew of ABC’s “Scandal” turned nostalgic on Saturday evening amid celebratory exclamations of gratitude and awe in advance of the show’s highly anticipated 100th episode. “I feel euphoric. Grateful. Blessed,” said Kerry Washington, who stars as the fan-favorite Olivia Pope. Washington’s fellow cast members echoed her sentiment in between recounting treasured memories from episodes past and declaring a fierce sense of reverence for the show’s creator Shonda Rhimes and executive producer Betsy Beers.
The cast of “Scandal” chatted with Variety at the show’s 100th episode celebration to reminisce about their favorite episodes, on-set memories, and more:
Kerry Washington: “The 100th episode holds a special place for me because it’s so surreal. And it’s alternate reality, so that’s a special one. But I have so many that I love. I love ‘752.’ I love ‘The Trail.’ There’s so many.”
- Emily Mae Czachor
(Spoiler alert: Please do not read on if you haven’t watched Thursday’s episode of “Scandal”) Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) did not come to play today… just ask Abby Whelan’s (Darby Stanchfield) face. Tonight’s episode of “Scandal” was dedicated to finding Huck (Guillermo Diaz), because if you recall from last week’s episode, he was shot a couple times by his girlfriend Meg and left for dead. Also, Abby had a lot to do with his disappearance. So while everyone and their mama was out trying to find Huck and see if he’s alive, Olivia found »
- Rasha Ali
If you’ve been riding the Scandal train from the very beginning, you know exactly where you were five years ago today: watching in awe as the President of the United States romanced his mistress up against the curtains of the Oval Office. And you loved it.
Of course, a whole mess of crap has gone down in the 97 episodes since we first became privy to Fitzgerald Grant and Olivia Pope’s star(s and stripes)-crossed romance, including: Fitz getting shot, »
Shonda Rhimes: Film School Online/YouTube
“I don’t believe in the phrase ‘aspiring writer.’ To me, it’s just: You’re a writer. Go write.” Consider that Shonda Rhimes’ first lesson on how to write for TV. For the rest of her wisdom, you can take her now-available MasterClass online.
According to a press release from MasterClass, Rhimes’ Writing for Television course is designed for “all screenwriters, writers, producers, and Shondaland fans.”
The course’s official description continues: “The queen of Thursday night and creative force behind some of television’s most popular shows will offer a writing for television course on the MasterClass online education platform. For the first time, Shonda will give students an intimate, instructional look into how to write a script, pitch a pilot, and run a writers’ room. The class will include over 6 hours of lessons, along with exclusive access to the ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ story bible, scripts of ‘Scandal,’ and much more.”
According to the webpage for Rhimes’ class, students will also receive a downloadable workbook that follows along with the course, and the option to interact with classmates by uploading their own videos.
MasterClass “provides affordable, engaging, and inspirational online classes taught by world-renowned instructors, making it possible for anyone to learn from the best.” Christina Aguilera’s class on singing, Serena Williams’ tennis course, and Reba McEntire’s country music class are among MasterClass’ current offerings.
Known for her dedication to supporting new talent, Rhimes recently donated an undisclosed fund to La’s Iama Theatre Company. She’s given Shondaland actresses Ellen Pompeo, Darby Stanchfield, Chandra Wilson, and Debbie Allen directing opportunities, and plans to adapt Luvvie Ajayi’s first book, “I’m Judging You: The Do Better Manual,” into a comedy series for cable TV.
For more information on Rhimes’ Writing for Television class, head over to MasterClass’ website.
Shonda Rhimes’ MasterClass on Writing for Television Is Now Available was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Rachel Montpelier
It is by no means “happy to see me” when Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s Daisy realizes exactly who is sleeping in her bed, in this sneak peek from the first episode of Season 4’s Framework “pod.”
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When last we tuned in, at the close of the Lmd arc/pod, Daisy and Simmons had hacked themselves into the Framework, in hopes of finding and “bringing back” Coulson, May et al. Daisy popped up in an apartment, where she received a text summoning her and the “boyfriend” to work. »
Ellen Pompeo made her directorial debut on last night’s episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” after 13 seasons of portraying the titular Dr. Meredith Grey. And it seems as though her boss, “Grey’s” creator and executive producer Shonda Rhimes, was an instrumental part of Pompeo’s decision to finally take that step.
“Shonda Rhimes is definitely walking the walk. I can’t really say enough about her leadership skills and the way she’s running the company [Shondaland] and how far she’s come,” Pompeo told Variety. “Her evolution as a leader has been very inspiring to watch. Obviously when we started, she didn’t have any employees and it was her first show and she never had a show before. So with respect to breaking down boundaries and creating an environment for people in-house to learn and create and grow is something that she definitely talks the talk and walks the walk.”
“I don’t know if one show can change the stats and if one show is enough to move the needle with respect to the whole television business, but certainly, our numbers are much more impressive than I’m sure any other show,” Pompeo continued. “I doubt there’s another show that hires as many women as we do — which is so weird to me because women are such amazing multi-taskers. Directing is multi-tasking. It’s baffling to me!”
As we’ve mentioned before, Pompeo isn’t the only Shondaland player to step behind the camera. “Scandal: Gladiator Wanted,” an offshoot web series of Rhimes’ crazy-popular ABC soap, was created and directed by “Scandal” actress Darby Stanchfield.
“Shondaland is all about supporting people to grow and expand their talents,” Stanchfield explained. “Less than 10 percent of all TV directors are women and Shonda is not one to shy away from making television look like the real world; she has a very clear vision and is generous and pragmatic about empowering others.” “Grey’s Anatomy’s” Chandra Wilson and Debbie Allen have also helmed episodes of Shondaland series. They portray Dr. Miranda Bailey and Dr. Catherine Avery on “Grey’s,” respectively.
With Rhimes’ track record of supporting new directors, we’re confident that other Shondaland actresses will be stepping behind the camera for the first time soon. And we have a feeling that Pompeo will be helming more episodes of “Grey’s” in the future. According to Variety, Pompeo won ABC the coveted 18–49 ratings demographic on Thursday. Her episode, “Be Still, My Soul,” netted 7.9 million viewers.
Pompeo is also a producer as well as an actress and director. Her production company, Calamity Jane, has an overall deal with ABC, and is where Pompeo first considered directing. Calamity Jane “was one of the only women doing what all the guys did,” Pompeo has said about her inspiration for the company’s name. “Production and producing in a very male-dominated field, and I feel like Calamity Jane out there — trying to ride with the big boys.”
Quote of the Day: Ellen Pompeo Praises Shonda Rhimes’ Leadership was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Rachel Montpelier
The Big Bang Theory this Thursday drew 12.6 million total viewers and a 2.5 rating, slipping three tenths in the demo to mark a series low.
RelatedCancellation Anxiety Intensifies: 10 Shows in Danger of Getting the Ax
The Amazing Race kicked off with 4.4 mil and a 0.9, down sharply from last season (where it led off Friday) to mark a premiere low. That said, it improved on Training Day‘s final Thursday airing (4 mil/0.7).
RelatedCBS Renews 16 Series, Including Bull, Hawaii Five-0, Scorpion, Blue »
Abby might have been cleared of being the mastermind of Frank Vargas' assassination but she's far from out of the woods yet on Scandal. While she is not quite the villain that Scandal fans assumed she was, "A Stomach for Blood" revealed that Abby has some dark connections. Darby Stanchfield, who plays Abby, sat down with TVLine to discuss the latest Scandal twist and if Abby is truly a traitor or someone who is in over her head.
(Spoiler alert: Please do not read on if you haven’t watched Thursday’s episode of “Scandal”) Let’s be a real for a minute, Abby Whelan (Darby Stanchfield) knew better than to get involved with the Shadowy Organization. Last week’s “Scandal” revealed that Abby was conspiring with Meg who was pretending to be Huck’s (Guillermo Diaz) girlfriend and ended up shooting him. We were shocked beyond belief. Why? How could she? How dare she? Well, on tonight’s episode we find out why Abby a.k.a. Red was being a little shady no good, backstabber. Also »
- Rasha Ali
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