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There won't be as much Scandal this season. ABC has reduced their episode order for the Thursday night drama from 22 to 18 installments.
No reason for the reduction has been given but it seems likely that it may be connected to star Kerry Washington's real-life pregnancy.
Fans of the show shouldn't be worried about the show's chances for a fourth season renewal. Year-to-year, Scandal is up by nearly 22% in the ratings. Almost all of the network's other veteran shows are down.
What do you think? Are you sorry that there won't be as many episodes this year? Are you still a fan? »
There’s going to be a little less Scandal for fans to enjoy in its third season.
EW has confirmed that ABC has trimmed the episode order for its hit drama by four episodes, bringing the order to 18. While such a move would usually be a bad sign, Scandal fans can rest easy: Ratings for the show have never been better — last night’s original, for example, scored 8.6 million viewers and a 3.1 in the demo.
While ABC declined to give a reason for the trimming, the decision comes a little more than a month after its star, Kerry Washington, announced her pregnancy. »
- Sandra Gonzalez
Mellie is trading Fitz for Fritz.
Scandal has tapped Jon Tenney (aka Fritz from TNT’s The Closer and spin-off Major Crimes) to join the Season 3 cast as a rumored love interest for Bellamy Young’s love-starved Flotus, TVLine has learned exclusively.
Related | Scoop: Scandal‘s Season 3 Episode Order Cut Back
An ABC rep confirmed Tenney’s casting, but declined to offer any details about his character. Earlier this week, we reported that Scandal was casting the role of Andrew, a handsome and charismatic suitor for one of the show’s main players. (And yes, I correctly predicted it would be Mels, »
- Michael Ausiello
There will be four fewer episodes of Scandal this season than originally planned. According to TV Line, ABC has reduced its episode order from 22 to 18 — which means one more episode next week, and then eight more when the show returns at the end of February. This is, presumably, a move to accommodate star Kerry Washington's pregnancy, so fear not for the future of Scandal, Gladiators. ABC would happily yank out a tooth to ensure a long, stable future for its beloved and buzzy soap. »
- Margaret Lyons
New Scandal season 3,episode 10 intense spoilers & clips hit the net. Last night, ABC released the new spoilers and sneak peek/spoiler clip (below) for their upcoming "Scandal" episode 10 of season 3. The episode is entitled, "A Door Marked Exit," and it appears to be extremely dramatic and intense as hell as Olivia orders the arrest of her shady mother, Huck gets pretty vicious with his words, and more! In the new "A Door Marked Exit" episode, now that the truth is out there, things will never,ever be the same again and everyone is going to have to face up to the consequences of their actions. At the moment, the guest stars have yet to be revealed. The episode was written by Zahir McGhee and directed by Tom Verica. Episode 10 is set to air on Thursday night, December 12th at 9pm central time on ABC. »
NBC's live three-hour TV staging of "The Sound Of Music," starring Carrie Underwood and Stephen Moyer, drew a 4.6 rating and 18.5 million viewers last night. The special easily dominated the night and marks NBC’s best non-sports Thursday since the finale of "ER" in 2009. [Source: The Live Feed]
Marvel's Agents of Shield
Two new recurring agents will be added to the cast of ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." after it comes back from hiatus.
The show's fourteenth episode introduces the two: an African-American agent who specializes in combat/weapons, and a high-level munitions expert with past ties to both Coulson and Ward. [Source: EW]
The Griffin family dog Brian is said to be back on "Family Guy" in the episode that's set to go to air on December 15th. How the character will return is unclear at this point. [Source: EW]
- Garth Franklin
Fewer episodes of Scandal? Not a fan. But we can't get mad at the reason why ABC is cutting its season-three episode order… Due to Kerry Washington's pregnancy, Scandal will now only air 18 episodes instead of 22 like originally planned, E! News has confirmed with ABC. Kerry is reportedly due in the Spring, so since filming the final four episodes while she's ready to pop wasn't an option, the network either had to eliminate those episode altogether, or write Olivia out of the show. Yeah, right. The powers-that-be over at Scandal also decided not to write Kerry's pregnancy into the show. With a crazy mom on the loose and Quinn (Katie Lowes) about to take out Rowan (Joe Morton), we »
Sorry, Gladiators, there will be fewer episodes of “Scandal” than you all expected for Season 3. ABC has reduced the drama’s episode order from 22 to 18, a network representative told TheWrap. The rep declined to provide the reasoning behind the decision. The news arrives just as the series readies to air its midseason finale next Thursday before going on hiatus until Midseason 2014. Also read: ‘Low Winter Sun,’ ‘Scandal’ Stars to Join ‘The Following’ Season 2 (Exclusive) There is speculation that star Kerry Washington’s pregnancy influenced the decision. News of her pregnancy with husband, NFL player Nnamdi Asomugha, surfaced in late-October. Notoriously private. »
- Jethro Nededog
Get ready for some bad news, Gladiators: There's going to be less of Season 3 of "Scandal" than originally planned.
ABC had reduced the order for their red-hot Shonda Rhimes drama from 22 to 18 episodes, Zap2it can confirm. The network hadn't given a reason for the cutback, but it's safe to assume it's not because the show is in any danger of cancellation.
Though she hasn't confirmed it, "Scandal" star Kerry Washington is reportedly pregnant. Considering that the show revolves around Olivia Pope, it wouldn't be entirely easy to trim Washington's workload without shedding some episodes altogether.
The news comes the morning after a jaw-dropping episode on Thursday (Dec. 5) that saw the series move ahead of NBC's "The Blacklist" to become the season's No. 1 broadcast drama in the key 18-49 demo.
"Scandal" airs its fall finale Thursday, Dec. 12 at 10 p.m. Et on ABC. »
Gladiators, we have news: the episode order for season three of ABC’s “Scandal” has been reduced from 22 to 18, Variety has confirmed.
While the Alphabet is mum on the reason behind the episode reduction, it’s likely that the season has been shortened to accommodate show star Kerry Washington’s pregnancy, which was announced this fall.
“Scandal,” one of ABC’s most buzzed-about shows, continues to grow on the net’s Thursday night lineup, last night hitting a six-week high even while facing NBC’s powerhouse live telecast “The Sound of Music.”
The fall season finale for the Shonda Rhimes drama will air next Thursday, and then enter a short winter hiatus before returning to ABC in January to wrap up its third season.
- AJ Marechal
ABC has cut its season 3 order of its hit Shonda Rhimes series Scandal from 22 episodes down to 18. No official reason was given by the network, but the folks at TVLine suggest that it may be due to star Kerry Washington's pregnancy, which will likely interfere with the show's shooting schedule (she's due in the spring). Although, again, no official confirmation of that from ABC. Obviously, if TVLine is correct, writing Olivia Pope out of those 4 cut episodes certainly would not have been an option. ABC's other choice would've been to work Washington's pregnancy into Olivia Pope's storyline somehow - again, assuming that the reason for the order trim is due to her pregnancy. So after next week's mid-season finale, there will be 8 episodes left, instead of 12, when the show returns on February 27. How will Scandal Gladiators cope?
- Tambay A. Obenson
ABC has cut its season 3 order of its hit Shonda Rhimes series Scandal from 22 episodes down to 18. No official reason was given by the network, but the folks at TVLine suggest that it may be due to star Kerry Washington's pregnancy, which will likely interfere with the show's shooting schedule (she's due in the spring). Although, again, no official confirmation of that from ABC. Obviously, if TVLine is correct, writing Olivia Pope out of those 4 cut episodes certainly would not have been an option. ABC's other choice would've been to work Washington's pregnancy into Olivia Pope's storyline somehow - again, assuming that the reason for the order trim is due to her pregnancy. So after next »
- Tambay A. Obenson
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including The Good Wife, The Walking Dead, The Blacklist and The Sound of Music Live!
1 | We get that she’s wicked smart, but should Grimm cool it with the “Juliette-knows-everything-about-all-sciences” thing?
- Team TVLine
Olivia Pope’s overworked Gladiators can finally make use of their saved-up vacation days: ABC has trimmed Scandal‘s Season 3 episode order from 22 to 18, TVLine has learned.
The network gave no official explanation for the cutback, but it’s safe to say the decision was made in response to the real-life pregnancy of leading lady Kerry Washington. The actress’ spring due date would’ve made shooting those final four episodes next to impossible (and, according to sources, writing Olivia out of the show for an extended period of time was not an option.)
Photos | How 8 Shows ‘Handled’ Real-Life Pregnancies — Which Ways Work for Scandal? »
- Michael Ausiello
There will be less Scandal on ABC‘s schedule this season than originally planned. The network has reduced the order for the hot Shonda Rhimes drama from 22 to 18 episodes. The network wouldn’t give a reason for the cutback but, of course, it is not because ABC doesn’t want a full season of Scandal — it would gladly take 40 episodes a season from its new flagship drama series if it could. But Scandal star Kerry Washington is pregnant, and it’s getting hard to hide the pregnancy in loose-fitting clothes for the normally super stylish and elegant Olivia Pope — and it’s hard to reduce Washington’s workload as Pope is the show and in most scenes. The episode reduction would probably be an unexpected but welcome relief for Scandal‘s writers as it is extremely hard to sustain a dense serialized drama like Scandal for a 22-episode season. (The »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Shonda Rhimes loves to make you identify with Scandal's characters, and then remind you over and over again of how low they can go. (You think Fitz and his puppy-dog sad eyes and willingness to throw out the presidency for Liv is sweet? Well, he also cheated on her with an intern and murdered a judge.) And the show's creator and executive producer one-ups the competition by tearing through story quicker than all of them — in the first half of the show's third season, she's raised the stakes and made some of her biggest creative gambles yet. Among the recent revelations: Mellie’s horrifying (and polarizing) past, the terrible new lengths to which Cyrus will go to do his job, and Huck’s handling of a colleague turned suspected traitor. Vulture sat down with Rhimes in her L.A. office earlier this week to discuss everything from hatching those »
- Denise Martin
If this recap is a little out of sorts today, it’s because I was up late watching The Sound of Music: Live! Otherwise known as “The Greatest Event in Television History.” A.k.a. “The TV Show that Broke Twitter.”
But it was actually helpful in terms of writing about Scandal. Because I realized Fitz = Captain Von Trapp, Mellie = the Baroness, Liv = Maria, and the Gladiators = the singing Von Trapp children. And if those comparisons don’t mean anything to you, then you are officially banned from reading my recaps forever.
So this week opens on a lovely little scene of Huck (Guillermo Diaz) torturing Quinn (Katie Lowe), making her watch all the non-singing parts of Sound of Music and practicing do-it-yourself dentistry he learned off YouTube. It’s actually a really brutal, horrific scene, and honestly not what I signed on for with this show, you know? »
- Steven Frank
This is perhaps the most gripping ‘Scandal’ episode of the season, with non-stop twists and turns — including the creepiest lick ever!
Between Olivia Pope’s (Kerry Washington) family crisis of epic proportions, a ton of torture, a shocking murder, and some scandalous sex photos, this week episode had us on the edge of our seats!
‘Scandal’: Most Bizarre, Exciting Moments
1. Huck Licks Quinn’s Face Before Torturing Her
Huck feels betrayed when he finds out that Quinn was responsible for killing the team’s only lead in the Remington case. So naturally he pays her a visit — with his trusty bag of torture tools. But before he gets down to the dirty work, Huck decides to give Quinn a big lick across her face, as she’s naked, tied up and bound. Just when I thought I couldn’t be any more disgusted, he users pliers to rip a »
- Sandra Clark
[Warning: This story contains spoilers from Thursday's "Yolo" episode of ABC's Scandal.] Will "Huckelberry Quinn" ever be the same again? During "Yolo" -- the penultimate Scandal episode of 2013 -- Quinn (Katie Lowes) learned first-hand what it means to be on Huck's (Guillermo Diaz) bad side. The upstart Gladiator with a penchant for drills betrayed Olivia Pope & Associates and wound up naked and bound with duct tape in her apartment as Huck tortured his former apprentice by pulling out a few of her teeth. And it would have been more had Olivia (Kerry Washington) not interrupted the process with
- Lesley Goldberg
This week on ABC’s Scandal, Quinn was pressed to tell the tooth, Cyrus’ honeypot trap stung someone unexpectedly hard and Olivia’s mother of a reunion stirred up an explosive memory.
Quinnterrogation | Wise to Quinn’s alliance with Charlie, Huck binds and gags her in the name of offering a “friends and family” discount on his torture skills. “I’m so sorry,” he sorta-apologizes, “because I’m going to enjoy this,” marring her “fresh, new and soft” skin (and licking her temple for good measure). Quinn is »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
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