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Network: ABCEpisodes: 124 (hour)Seasons: SevenTV show dates: April 5, 2012 -- April 19, 2018Series status: EndedPerformers 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
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‘Scandal’ Won’t Get Revival Treatment, Shonda Rhimes Confirms

‘Scandal’ Won’t Get Revival Treatment, Shonda Rhimes Confirms
It’s been handled, Gladiators. “Scandal,” the primetime drama from Shonda Rhimes that made Kerry Washington‘s Olivia Pope and #Tgit famous, is finished for good.

The series creator and showrunner, who also penned the final episode “Over a Cliff,” confirmed that a possible revival in the future is Doa at a live table-read of the series finale script by members of the cast at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood on Thursday night. “‘Scandal’ is finished,” said Rhimes. “I love everybody and would work with everybody again in a heartbeat, but ‘Scandal’ is finished.”

Tony Goldwyn, who played President
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Scandal: Would You Watch a Spinoff of ABC's Shonda Rhimes TV Series?

Scandal is ending, but does that mean goodbye for good? Recently creator Shonda Rhimes spoke with E! about the possibility of a spinoff for the ABC TV show.After seven seasons, Scandal debuts it series finale on tonight, April 18th, at 10 p.m. Et/Pt. The political drama 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.Read More…
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Scandal TV Series Finale: ABC Cast Teases the Final Episode (Video)

It's all over but the shouting. Below, watch the new featurette video for the Scandal TV series finale, airing on ABC tonight at 10:00pm Et/Pt. The seven seasons of Shondaland's Scandal come to an end in episode 7.18, "Over A Cliff." Clocking in at a minute and 22 seconds, the Scandal series finale promo features the cast teasing the final events of the series. After the finale, Jimmy Kimmel will host a Scandal after-show on Jimmy Kimmel Live, with the cast and Shonda Rhimes, as well as a Chaka Khan musical performance. An ABC political drama, Scandal stars Kerry Washington, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes, Guillermo Diaz, Jeff Perry, Tony Goldwyn, Joshua Malina, Bellamy Young, Scott Foley, Cornelius Smith Jr., George Newbern, and Joe Morton. The series centers on former White House Communications Director and crisis manager, Olivia Pope (Washington), who,
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‘Scandal’ Finale: Stars Reveal the Weirdest Thing They Ever Did on Shondaland Series

‘Scandal’ Finale: Stars Reveal the Weirdest Thing They Ever Did on Shondaland Series
(Spoiler alert: Please do not read ahead unless you have watched through last week’s episode of “Scandal.”)

Scandal” truly has seen it all. Characters having a sibling-like relationship with their lovers. Top secret spy agencies that operates outside the bounds of the federal government, with the sole purpose of protecting the Republic. And more out-of-the-box ways of committing murder than you could shake a wine glass at.

And ahead of the seventh and final season finale tonight, TheWrap asked Scott Foley, Bellamy Young and Cornelius Smith Jr. — three of Shonda RhimesGladiators — what exactly was the weirdest thing they did on the series. And we got some some weird answers.

The first comes courtesy of Foley, who plays Jake Ballard, a member of that top secret spy agency B613 and Olivia’s on-again, off-again lover.

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“God there is so many things, between being in the hole and getting beaten up by Charlie,” Foley said, noting things that happened to him directly because of his involvement in B613. “But, by the way, the weirdest thing, if I can just say it, was the beginning of Jake’s storyline where he was told to spy and then sleep with Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington). It was the most bizarre, perverted, weird — especially because [her father] Rowan (Joe Morton) was behind it — incestuous little thing happening there [laughs],” Foley added. “And then to continue for five seasons like, ‘Oh it wasn’t that big a deal. I stalked you and then had an affair. But now we’re cool. And Fitz is my best friend.’ If you break it down and simplify it like that, it doesn’t make any sense. But in the context of the show, for whatever reason, it works.”

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Young has been with the series since Day 1 as Mellie Grant, who moved from being a first lady with a cheating husband to the first female Potus — who is now good friends with her ex. But her weirdest moment didn’t arrive until this seventh and final season, when being the commander in chief got in the way of her love life. In an episode directed by Tony Goldwyn (who plays her ex-husband Fitz), no less.

“‘My vagina is beautiful, it is welcoming,’ that whole scene I was like, ‘My mother watches this show. I’m not sure I can say that.’ [laughs],” Young said. “But it turned out great. And our sweet Tony directed it, so to make him blush time and time again was fun. But Shonda knows. We learned early on, even if you’re like ‘Eh, I don’t know’ — she’s right, so just enjoy it. Say it and enjoy it and let it land.”

And what about Smith, who since joining the cast as Marcus Walker in Season 4 has moved from the offices of Olivia Pope & Associates to the White House and now to Fitz’s side as he explores his legacy after the presidency? Yeah, he’s still seen more than his fair share of strange situations dreamed up by Rhimes in that time.

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“I haven’t done anything crazy just because of the nature of my storyline and Marcus being kind of in Opa and the White House,” Smith said. “He’s not out here killing folks. He’s not running through the woods. He’s not B613. There hasn’t been anything crazy or shocking until maybe after the fact. No, not for me. But I’ve watched people do things that looked uncomfortable.”

“I know when Guillermo (Diaz) shot the stuff in the water with the car,” Smith said, referencing the episode in which Diaz’s Huck had to think fast to save himself from drowning in a trunk, with a little help from his imaginary friends. “And that’s something where I thought, ‘Only one time,’ [laughs]. Only one time you’re gonna get me in a pool. In a trunk. With water. Talking to a pretend Opa.'”

The “Scandal” series finale airs tonight at 10/9 c on ABC.

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‘Scandal’ Producer Betsy Beers Teases ‘Satisfying’ Finale – But Don’t Expect Happy Endings

‘Scandal’ Producer Betsy Beers Teases ‘Satisfying’ Finale – But Don’t Expect Happy Endings
(Spoiler alert: Do not read ahead unless you have watched through last Thursday’s episode of “Scandal”)

All the white hats are about to come off when Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) and her associates sit down to testify to their worst crimes on the “Scandal” series finale, titled “Over a Cliff,” Thursday.

If you believe they were ever on to begin with, that is. And Shondaland executive producer Betsy Beers believes they were. Or at least thinks they didn’t need to be on at all times? It’s all very “crazily ambiguous” here.

When TheWrap spoke with Beers ahead of Shonda Rhimes’ politically-driven drama’s final bow, we first asked her to weigh in on Scott Foley’s, who plays Jake Ballard, comments to us about the last episode having an “ambiguous” moment — to which Beers literally said you just need to tune in.

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“I think the best thing I can say to anybody is just watch the finale, and enjoy the finale, because it’s a really good finale,” Beers said. “It’s really satisfying. It’s emotional. It’s fun. I think Shonda did an amazing job delivering what I consider to be an incredibly satisfying finale for seven seasons of what I would call a real roller coaster ride for characters. I think there are a number of things in it that are surprising and I’m sure people will be discussing and questioning back and forth for weeks to come. But all I can tell you is just watch it.”

Now, while we were digging more to see if Beers could speak to what happy endings might look like for Pope & Associates (oh, the answer to that is “no, I don’t think I really can”), she took issue with the use of “not good people” as a descriptor for the characters.

“I don’t think that they’re not good people,” Beers said. “I think these are people who have all been faced with large and very difficult decisions and choices that they’ve made over the course of a long period of time. And different people have made different choices. I think what I find really appealing about the show is that these are flawed humans. And when they’ve made some of these choices that might have been the best choice in the moment or it might have been the best choice for the greater good … I don’t know in some cases — I might not have agreed with what they did, but I could always identify with the dilemma that they were in.”

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“One of the things I love best about this show is that every season I would identify with somebody totally different,” Beers continued. “And sometimes it would be a character like Huck (Guillermo Diaz), who you thought that you knew. And then you watch ‘Seven Fifty-Two,’ the episode in which you get to know why Huck is like Huck. And I couldn’t blame Huck for anything after that. And I think I’ve sort of gone through that with each character. So the bottom line is that I think what you will find in the finale is it’s satisfying in a lot of different ways. How’s that for crazily ambiguous for you?”

Yeah, that was arguably more vague than what Foley said. Just like the morality of Liv, Fitz (Tony Goldwyn), Mellie (Bellamy Young), Cyrus (Jeff Perry) and practically every other member of “Scandal”s core group.

“They’re not good guys or bad guys — they’re just guys,” Beers added. “I think you watch a show wanting it to be one or the other … I think one of the things I love most about my job and working here and getting to develop shows and working with Shonda and the other writers, I think one of the great things about the show is nobody is ever bad or good. People are people and they’re surprising. And very often you’ll meet somebody on one of our shows and you’ll think they’re bad, but you’ll find out there is this heart and a soul there.”

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“The more you get to know somebody, the more complicated and three-dimensional they are,” Beers said. “And over the course of seven seasons of ‘Scandal,’ these are characters who have been exposed to and confronted by and immersed in a world which is really complicated, and a lot of it has to do with the question of ‘How would you react in a situation where there is a lot at stake?’ And it’s uncomfortable to sit and say ‘I can identify with that.’ It’s scary, which I get. But it’s also why I keep watching, because I want to see what the hell they are doing next.”

You can see what the hell the “Scandal” characters are doing next — for the last time — when the series finale airs Thursday at 10/9 c on ABC.

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'Scandal' Cast on How to Interpret Series Finale

Shonda Rhimes and the cast of Scandal feted the series finale of the show Thursday night with an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Stars Kerry Washington, Guillermo Diaz, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes, Tony Goldwyn, Jeff Perry, Joshua Malina, Bellamy Young, Scott Foley, Joe Morton, Cornelius Smith Jr. and George Newbern were all in attendance.

Kimmel kicked off the appearance with some jokes about the show in his opening monologue. “Scandal premiered in 2012, back when the idea that a president would need a crisis manager seemed fantastic. That is obviously not the case anymore," he joked. "Trump getting elected when you...
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‘Scandal’ Hearts Twitter: A Look Back at Their 7-Season Lovefest (Infographic)

“Scandal” and Twitter have it bad for each other.

The Shondaland show — which airs its series finale tonight — has been into social media from Day 1. And that’s mainly due to the influence of Olivia Pope — er Kerry Washington, who star Tony Goldwyn will tell you pretty much invented live-tweeting.

“You know, Kerry had this idea of getting on Twitter in our very first broadcast,” Goldwyn, who plays Fitz on the series, told reporters at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour in January. “And she talked to Shonda [Rhimes] about it. And we all got together and Shonda said, ‘I’d like you to do this if you would.’ I didn’t know — I mean, I knew what Twitter was — but I had no interest in it at all, or I was afraid of it. And I thought the fact you could communicate in 140 characters is what’s wrong with our culture.”

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But that didn’t last long.

“Very quickly I saw the power of it,” Goldwyn said. “And you could feel this grassroots impact from the very first time we tweeted with our fans — the instant. You could just feel this one-on-one relationship with an audience that I had never felt. It was more like working in the theater, you know? Where you feel your audience. and you could literally have conversations with people wherever they were — in Ohio or in Brazil or in Nairobi. I swear to God. And that grew and grew and grew exponentially every week. And they, I think the network wasn’t even aware.”

Oh, if they weren’t then, they are now.

Over the last seven seasons, the cast members have gained hundreds of thousands of followers and continue to sit down and live-tweet every Thursday night episode. Washington even took to Twitter to throw out some commentary during an episode that aired while she was in labor with her daughter Isabelle (#commitment).

Also Read: 'Scandal' Star Scott Foley on Why Series Finale Will Have Fans Asking 'Did That Happen?'

And because of the show’s significant love for the social media platform (and vice versa) TheWrap grabbed some facts and figures from Twitter ahead of tonight’s series finale to show just how much the little blue bird and “Scandal” have impacted each other over the years.

See our infographic below.

The series finale of “Scandal” airs tonight at 10/9 c on ABC.

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Everybody Who’s Been Murdered on ‘Scandal’ — And Who Murdered Them (Photos)

(1×05)

Who was murdered? Amanda Tanner (Liza Weil)

Who were they murdered by? Charlie (George Newbern), hired by Cyrus (Jeff Perry)

How were they murdered? Killed off-screen, dumped in a river.

Why were they murdered? Amanda was about to go public about her affair with the president and the fact that she was pregnant. (Although it was later revealed that the father of her baby was the vice president’s chief of staff, Billy Chambers.)

(1×07)

Who was murdered? Gideon Wallace (Brendan Hines)

Who were they murdered by? Billy Chambers (Matt Letscher)

How were they murdered? Scissors to the neck.

Why were they murdered? Gideon, a journalist for the D.C. Sun, discovered that Billy was the real father of Amanda Tanner’s baby and threatened to expose him.

(2×08)

Who was murdered? Britta Kagen (Keiko Agena)

Who were they murdered by? An assassin hired by Supreme Court Justice Verna Thornton (Debra Mooney)

How were they murdered? Remote-controlled sniper rifle.

Why were they murdered? Collateral damage in an assassination attempt on the president.

(2×12)

Who was murdered? Jesse Tyler (Adam Shapio)

Who were they murdered by? An assassin hired by Hollis Doyle (Gregg Henry)

How were they murdered? A bomb.

Why were they murdered? Jesse had tried to blackmail Doyle after discovering a vote-rigging campaign.

(2×13)

Who was murdered? Supreme Court Justice Verna Thornton (Debra Mooney)

Who were they murdered by? President Fitzgerald Grant (Tony Goldwyn)

How were they murdered? Suffocated in a hospital bed.

Why were they murdered? Fitz had discovered that Verna was part of a plot to rig the election that got him the White House and had tried to have him killed.

(2×17)

Who was murdered? CIA Director Grayden Osborne (Kurt Fuller)

Who were they murdered by? Billy Chambers

How were they murdered? Killed off-screen

Why were they murdered? Billy had been leaking intelligence from the White House and set up Osborne to take the fall.

(2×18)

Who was murdered? Molly Ackerman (Mageina Tovah)

Who were they murdered by? Billy Chambers

How were they murdered? Hit and run

Why were they murdered? Molly was trying to blow the whistle on Billy as the source of the leak.

(3×07)

Who was murdered? Random security guard

Who were they murdered by? Quinn Perkins (Katie Lowes)

How were they murdered? Poison injection

Why were they murdered? Quinn thought she was simply knocking the guard unconscious, but she was given poison by B613, who then used the guard’s death as blackmail.

(3×10)

Who was murdered? Daniel Douglas Langston (Jack Coleman)

Who were they murdered by? Vice President Sally Langston (Kate Burton)

How were they murdered? Stabbed repeatedly.

Why were they murdered? Sally snapped after discovering that her husband had slept with Cyrus’s husband.

(3×13)

Who was murdered? Vanessa Chandler (Jennifer Peo)

Who were they murdered by? Jake Ballard

How were they murdered? Shot in the head.

Why were they murdered? A White House correspondent, Vanessa broke the story about Olivia’s affair with the president and was about to uncover the truth about the death of the vice president’s husband.

(3×13)

Who was murdered? Shelby Moss (Julia Cho)

Who were they murdered by? Jake Ballard.

How were they murdered? Shot in the head.

Why were they murdered? An Nsa analyst, Shelby was close to uncovering the truth about the vice president’s husband’s murder with Vanessa.

(3×14)

Who was murdered? James Novak (Dan Bucatinsky)

Who were they murdered by? Jake Ballard (Scott Foley)

How were they murdered? Shot.

Why were they murdered? Because James, a reporter, was getting to close to the truth about the death of the vice president’s husband.

(3×16)

Who was murdered? Clare Tucker (Kelly McCreary)

Who were they murdered by? Maya Lewis (Khandi Alexander)

How were they murdered? Throat slit.

Why were they murdered? Clare had been serving as an informant to Harrison, trying to help him track down Maya.

(3×18)

Who was murdered? Jerry Grant Jr. (Dylan Minnette)

Who were they murdered by? Tom Larsen (Brian Letscher) on the order of Eli Pope (Joe Morton)

How were they murdered? A very dramatic public poisoning.

Why were they murdered? Olivia’s (Kerry Washington) father took issue with the president’s relationship with his daughter and punished him by killing his son.

(3×18)

Who was murdered? Adnan Salif (Nazanin Boniadi)

Who were they murdered by? Rowan

How were they murdered? Killed off-screen.

Why were they murdered? To trick Harrison (Columbus Short), who was romantically involved with Adnan, into helping him catch his terrorist wife Maya (Khandi Alexander).

(3×18)

Who was murdered? Harrison Wright (Columbus Short)

Who were they murdered by? Tom, on Rowan’s orders

How were they murdered? Killed offscreen, presumably by gunshot.

Why were they murdered? Harrison had discovered that Eli/Rowan was responsible for the assassination of the president’s son.

(4×16)

Who was murdered? Sue Thomas (Lena Dunham)

Who were they murdered by? Huck (Guillermo Diaz)

How were they murdered? Throat slit with a kitchen knife.

Why were they murdered? After sleeping with a number of elite D.C. men, Sue threatened to publish a boo detailing all of her affairs. She was killed to keep her quiet.

(4×18)

Who was murdered? Holly (Stefanie Black)

Who were they murdered by? Jake Ballard

How were they murdered? Shot in front of her boss U.S. Attorney General David Rosen (Joshua Malina)

Why were they murdered? The mild-mannered Holly was a secret B613 agent responsible for the deaths of three people in protective custody and was about to kill David.

(5×06)

Who was murdered? Elise Martin (Mia Maestro)

Who were they murdered by? Franklin Russell (Brian White)

How were they murdered? Killed off-screen.

Why were they murdered? Part of a plot to kill Rowan and reinstate B613.

(5×09)

Who was murdered? Franklin Russell

Who were they murdered by? Jake Ballard

How were they murdered? Shot, execution-style.

Why were they murdered? Revenge for killing his wife, Elise.

(5×17)

Who was murdered? Vice President Andrew Nichols (Jon Tenney)

Who were they murdered by? Olivia Pope

How were they murdered? Beaten with a chair.

Why were they murdered? Traumatized by her recent kidnapping, which was organized by Andrew, Olivia got her revenge with a metal chair.

(5×21)

Who was murdered? Richard Moss (Michael Canavan)

Who were they murdered by? Jake Ballard

How were they murdered? Poisoned drink.

Why were they murdered? Jake, newly married to Richard’s daughter, killed him so his wife could collect her half-a-billion dollar inheritance.

(6×01)

Who was murdered? President-elect Francisco Vargas (Ricardo Antonio Chavira)

Who were they murdered by? Rowan

How were they murdered? Shot by a sniper moments after winning the presidential election.

Why were they murdered? His wife, Luna Vargas, orchestrated the murder to prevent him from becoming president.

(6×06)

Who was murdered? Sandra Potter (Tonya Pinkins)

Who were they murdered by? Rowan

How were they murdered? Shot.

Why were they murdered? An old girlfriend of Rowan’s, Sandra was brought back into his life by his enemies as an attempt to exploit his weaknesses. Instead of capitulating, Rowan kills her himself.

(6×07)

Who was murdered? Jennifer Fields (Chelsea Kurtz)

Who were they murdered by? Meg (Phoebe Niedhardt)

How were they murdered? Shot twice, once through the eyes.

Why were they murdered? Jennifer was a loose end in the plot to kill Francisco Vargas and frame Cyrus for the assassination.

(6×09)

Who was murdered? Meg (Phoebe Niedhardt)

Who were they murdered by? Quinn Perkins

How were they murdered? Slit throat.

Why were they murdered? Revenge for shooting Huck and leaving him in the trunk of a car at the bottom of a canyon.

(6×11)

Who was murdered? Elizabeth North (Portia de Rossi)

Who were they murdered by? Samantha Ruland (Zoe Perry)

How were they murdered? Golf club to the head.

Why were they murdered? After Mellie (Bellamy Young) refused to help make Theodore Peus (David Warshofsky) the next president, he had his associate kill her aide right in front of her to make a point.

(6×13)

Who was murdered? Theodore Peus (David Warshofsky)

Who were they murdered by? Jake Ballard

How were they murdered? Shot in the head.

Why were they murdered? In addition to orchestrating the murders of Frankie Vargas and Liz North, Peus had set bombs above several major cities and threatened mass casualties.

(6×14)

Who was murdered? Samantha Ruland (Zoe Perry)

Who were they murdered by? Rowan

How were they murdered? Stabbed with a dinosaur tooth and decapitated.

Why were they murdered? Rowan killed Samantha after she killed the president-elect, ordering David Rosen (Joshua Malina) to discover who hired her.

(6×16)

Who was murdered? Luna Vargas (Tessie Santiago)

Who were they murdered by? Olivia and Jake

How were they murdered? Forced to choose between suicide pills or being shot and buried in the forest

Why were they murdered? It was discovered that she had conspired to kill her husband Frankie Vargas, the president-elect of the United States.

(7×05)

Who was murdered? Farid Rashad (Faran Tahir), president of Bashran, and niece Yasmeen (Medalion Rahimi)

Who were they murdered by? Olivia

How were they murdered? Plane explosion.

Why were they murdered? After Rashad was overthrown by his people, Olivia made an agreement with the rebels to have him killed in order to secure a nuclear arms treaty.

(7×07)

Who was murdered? Curtis Pryce (Jay Alexander)

Who were they murdered by? Lucy Riccio (Caroline Day) on the order of Jake Ballard

How were they murdered? Killed off-screen.

Why were they murdered? Curtis, a cable news political commentator, was killed by B613 after he found out the truth about President Rashad’s assassination.

(7×16)

Who was murdered? Vanessa Moss (Jessalyn Gilsig)

Who were they murdered by? Jake Ballard

How were they murdered? Killed off-screen

Why were they murdered? Jake killed his wife after she taunted him about his relationship with Cyrus, calling him “the vice president’s bitch.”

(7×18)

Who was murdered? U.S. Attorney General David Rosen (Joshua Malina)

Who were they murdered by? Vice President Cyrus Beene (Jeff Perry)

How were they murdered? Poisoned drink and smothered by a pillow.

Why were they murdered? After Jake refused an order to kill David to put an end to the investigation into B613, Cyrus took matters into his own hands.

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‘Scandal’ Finale: Bellamy Young’s Favorite Relationship Has ‘Always’ Been Olivia and Mellie’s

‘Scandal’ Finale: Bellamy Young’s Favorite Relationship Has ‘Always’ Been Olivia and Mellie’s
(Spoiler alert: Please do not read ahead if you have not watched through last Thursday’s penultimate episode of “Scandal.”)

Bellamy Young has played Mellie Grant for the entire seven-season run of “Scandal.” And in that time, the character has worn many hats (some white, some not). She’s been first lady, a scorned wife, a passionate lover, a grieving mother, a good friend, a bad friend, a villain, a hero and now the President of the United States.

But ahead of the Shonda Rhimes series’ finale tonight, titled “Over a Cliff,” Young told TheWrap that at least one thing has remained the same to her throughout all that time: the importance of her relationship with Kerry Washington’s Olivia Pope.

“For me it was always Olivia and Mellie. Always,” Young said of the bond that has slowly formed between the two women — who used to share Mellie’s ex-husband, Fitz (Tony Goldwyn).

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“You met them at such a horrible time, the worst time in Mellie’s life, and it would have been so easy for them to have stayed angry all these years,” Young continued. “But life is complicated and people evolve and if you love people enough, you give them room to change and then real change occurs. Real trust blooms. And to have watched their relationship as they inched closer and closer together over the years, and then these last two episodes where they literally take hands and go over a cliff together, it’s so moving to me.”

“In any other narrative — not any other narrative, but largely in most narratives — if you get two women on screen together, or if that even happens, then they are probably going to be talking about a man together or they are going to be fighting,” Young added. “And so to have spent all this time in the matriarchy, in which Shonda is showing women in power — there is Olivia who is both the hero and the antihero, there is Quinn who while pregnant takes over Qpa and becomes the boss of even her husband, and Mellie who has followed her dream and finally become president — it all matters in terms of representation, but it also just really moves me in terms of them being very real women.”

And what about when it comes to how she feels about Mellie’s current relationship with Fitz, the former president — who is also her former spouse.

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“Legitimately friends and legitimately weird,” Young said, laughing. “But again, life is complicated and sometimes fiction or the narrative flattens out the mess. But I loved that Shonda keeps things real, for things getting messy. And you can hate what your ex husband did to you, but you can also accept that it put you on a path to fulfill your actual dreams and come to some sort of mutual respect. Because who else are you going to turn to? Who else do you know that has also been president? Do you know what I’m saying? And you remember the man that he was and you know the man that he is now. Love is war, love is hard. But you get past it and move on.”

The series finale of “Scandal” airs tonight at 10/9 c on ABC.

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‘Scandal': Tony Goldwyn Explains How Kerry Washington Basically Invented Live-Tweeting TV

‘Scandal': Tony Goldwyn Explains How Kerry Washington Basically Invented Live-Tweeting TV
The final season of “Scandal” returns from its midseason hiatus on Thursday and Gladiators are sure to be excited to have a new episode to dissect on Twitter. Of course, the cast knows exactly what’s going to happen, and are just as excited to tweet about it with their fans on show night. After all, “Scandal” star Tony Goldwyn credits Kerry Washington with pretty much inventing the concept.

TheWrap asked Goldwyn, who plays Fitz on the Shonda Rhimes series, about the “Scandal” gang’s obsession with live-tweeting episodes at a set visit during the Television Critics Press association in January. The actor noted how the Tgit show “really broke the mold” with its social media impact, and that the cast now feels a “tremendous sense of responsibility toward fans, because they made this show a success.”

And that’s all thanks to Olivia Pope. Oh, we mean Washington.

Also Read: 'Scandal' Hearts Twitter: A Look Back at Their 7-Season Lovefest (Infographic)

“You know, Kerry had this idea of getting on Twitter in our very first broadcast,” Goldwyn told reporters of Washington’s plan when the series premiered in 2012. “And she talked to Shonda about it. And we all got together and Shonda said, ‘I’d like you to do this if you would.’ I didn’t know — I mean, I knew what Twitter was — but I had no interest in it at all, or I was afraid of it. And I thought the fact you could communicate in 140 characters is what’s wrong with our culture.”

But that didn’t last long.

“Very quickly I saw the power of it,” Goldwyn said. “And you could feel this grassroots impact from the very first time we tweeted with our fans — the instant. You could just feel this one-on-one relationship with an audience that I had never felt. It was more like working in the theater, you know? Where you feel your audience. and you could literally have conversations with people wherever they were — in Ohio or in Brazil or in Nairobi. I swear to God. And that grew and grew and grew exponentially every week. And they, I think the network wasn’t even aware.”

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Goldwyn said the cast’s efforts to live-tweet “Scandal” cannot be ignored. It was ABC’s No. 3 most social series last calendar year and was one of the top 10 shows on Twitter in 2017.

“Our ratings were decent when we first aired, but they weren’t off the charts,” Goldwyn said. “Then, when the second season started, people started to write, you guys [gestures to reporters] started to write about this social media phenomenon… we were breaking all these records on Twitter.”

Goldwyn said the cast feels this “real allegiance and loyalty to our Gladiators” as they talk to them every week “for two hours!” The stars try to tweet for both the East Coast and West Coast feeds, he added, and even “fire off tweets” between shots if they are on set.

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Joe Morton, who plays Olivia’s father Eli Pope aka Rowan, added that, because the cast all have stage backgrounds live-tweeting is even more of a rush for them.

“It’s the closest we get to being in the theater, cause in real time the audience actually can talk to the actors about what’s going on in the episode that they’re watching,” Morton said. “And that’s about the closest that I know of any screen actor being on stage in live theater.”

Goldwyn said that, while stars may have been conversing with fans on Twitter a “little bit” before “Scandal,” Washington was the one who turned the activity into the phenomenon it is today.

“She saw what an opportunity this was, and we, in a concerted effort as a team, we all did it together.”

In summation, Washington “handled” it.

The “Scandal” series finale airs tonight at 10/9 c on ABC.

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‘Scandal’ Finale: Fitz or Jake? Scott Foley Reminds Us That ‘Vermont Gets Cold for Christ’s Sake’

‘Scandal’ Finale: Fitz or Jake? Scott Foley Reminds Us That ‘Vermont Gets Cold for Christ’s Sake’
(Spoiler alert: Please do not read ahead unless you have watched through last week’s episode of “Scandal”)

The Shonda Rhimes-created love triangle between Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington), Jake Ballard (Scott Foley), and Fitzgerald Grant (Tony Goldwyn) has been a cornerstone conflict at the center of “Scandal,” albeit a very sexy one.

So when the series finale airs Thursday, one of the biggest questions fans will be asking is ‘will Liv stand in the sun with Jake or go make jam in Vermont with Fitz?’ (Look, you either get that reference or you shouldn’t be reading this article).

And while Team Fitz seems to be pulling ahead at the moment, as he did just sleep with Ms. Pope and Jake is working against pretty much everyone but Cyrus (Jeff Perry) at this point, Foley tells TheWrap it doesn’t ultimately matter to him which guy wins out.

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“Look do I personally care? I don’t care,” Foley said. “I’m a fan of the show, but I’m a fan of the show because I like the show. I’m not a character-driven watcher, if that makes sense. I love character-driven shows, but I don’t fall on one side or the other. I’m not a ‘she should be with him or she should be with him’ person.”

Ok, fair enough. But, Foley does have a very logical answer to the question if he has to give one.

“Look, if I’m gonna take Jake’s side on this, Vermont gets cold for Christ’s sake! Go to the sun! What are you doing?!? They were on an island!” Foley laughed, referencing the time Jake and Liv literally escaped to go stand in the sun together. “It was beautiful. You wanna leave and make jam? Give me a break! Let’s go kayaking in the ocean. Pull a coconut off a tree. That would be my choice, personally, not just because I play Jake. Don’t get me wrong, I like Vermont. It’s beautiful. Let’s have some maple syrup and go skiing. But give me an island somewhere where nobody else is on it, except the woman I love and let’s have babies and drink a bunch of stuff,” he added.

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Foley makes some valid points. And, all joking aside, he gets why you care so much, as the triangle has “to a certain degree, driven this fanbase.”

“There are those for and those against, whether it be Jake or Fitz,” Foley said. “The relationship with Olivia, it has been a very powerful motivator for viewers. And people get into it. And I think that’s amazing and ultimately good for television, you know? When you can root for a character or group, it benefits the show and it benefits you as a viewer because you are invested.”

Now, when it comes to who is going to be happy and who is going to be sobbing into their wine glasses when we find out how things wrap up, Foley said the ending as a whole (which he himself said has some ambiguity to it) is what should please everyone.

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“I think that people will be — depending on what side of the line you fall, whether you are a Jake or Fitz fan, I think people will be very satisfied — not just with the ending in the story, but I think the ‘Scandal’ ending overall,” Foley said. “I remember being at the table read and it was something we were all really looking forward to and anxious about, wondering ‘Is anyone gonna die? Are they gonna stand in the sun? Are they gonna go to Vermont? Is Mellie gonna be president? What the hell is gonna happen?’ But it was, I think, not just for me, but the entire cast, a very satisfying ending.”

“We know Shonda Rhimes, and know that this isn’t going to be a dust your hands off and walk away and say, ‘Well that was nice,’ kind of ending. It’s complicated. And she gave us the ending I think the show deserved.”

The series finale of “Scandal” airs tonight at 10/9 c on ABC.

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Power Garments Defined the Political Class in ABC’s ‘Scandal’

In ABC’s “Scandal,” which airs its final episode April 19, some of the best-tailored and most conservatively dressed people on TV engage in some of TV’s most outrageous behavior as they navigate the charged political climate of the nation’s capital.

Credit for the show’s reserved garments, which contrast sharply with the personalities who wear them, goes to costume designer Lyn Paolo, a go-to artisan for showrunner Shonda Rhimes. (The two have also collaborated on “How to Get Away With Murder” and “For the People.”)

From “Scandal” star Kerry Washington’s initial fitting with Paolo, lead actress and
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‘Scandal’ Cast and Creator Reflect on the Show’s Legacy

“Scandal” broke ground in 2012 when it launched on ABC starring Kerry Washington in the lead role of Washington, D.C. “fixer” Olivia Pope. Washington was the first African-American woman to star on a primetime network show in almost four decades. (She went on to be nominated for an Emmy for the role twice — first in 2013 and then again the following year.)

“She’s been a very three-dimensional, independent woman at a time when female characters really weren’t antiheroes,” series creator Shonda Rhimes says of Olivia Pope. “I hope that’s something that’s happened and now feels very normal
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How ‘Scandal’ Raised the Bar for TV’s Social Media Impact

How ‘Scandal’ Raised the Bar for TV’s Social Media Impact
After seven seasons and more than 120 episodes, Shonda Rhimes’ fixer-drama “Scandal” is signing off ABC for good April 19. The series broke new ground when it first premiered in April 2012 for its sharp-tongued characters, willingness to take on tough political topics, inclusive casting — and ushering in a new era of appointment (and interactive) television by live-Tweeting.

“I hope that people remember being a little more alive because of our show,” says Kerry Washington, who spearheaded the plan to get the rest of the cast on the social media platform. “We take you on a ride of intensity and fear and romance and sorrow and elation.
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TV News Roundup: ‘Scandal’ Cast to Visit Jimmy Kimmel After Series Finale

In today’s roundup, ABC announced Shonda Rhimes and the cast of “Scandal” will appear on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” after the show’s series finale, and comedian Ali Wong will return to Netflix.

Dates

ABC will give “Scandal” a proper send off with an exclusive sneak peak of the final episode on “Good Morning America” on April 19 at 7 a.m. Et/Pt prior to the series finale that evening at 10 p.m. Et/Pt. Following the episode titled, “Over A Cliff,” creator Shonda Rhimes and the entire cast, including Kerry Washington, Bellamy Young, Tony Goldwyn, Scott Foley, and Guillermo Diaz,
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'Scandal': A Series Finale Primer as the Gladiators (and B613?) Say Farewell

After seven seasons and more twists and turns along its 100-episode-plus run, ABC will close up Olivia Pope and Associates on Thursday with the series finale of Shonda Rhimes drama Scandal.

True to form, the penultimate episode of the Washington, D.C.-set political soap set the stage for something creator Rhimes said last May when she confirmed the Kerry Washington-led series would wrap after seven seasons. The hour featured Olivia and Mellie (Bellamy Young), in a last-ditch effort to save the latter's presidency and protect Fitz's (Tony Goldwyn) legacy, going public with details about the existence of black-ops spy ring B613....
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All I Wish movie review: sassy birthday

MaryAnn’s quick take… It’s too predictable and too disingenuous about the realities of what it means to be an “older” woman. But Sharon Stone is totally charming. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for movies about women

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

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Senna Berges (Sharon Stone: The Disaster Artist) is a Los Angeles fashion worker who dabbles in design and might someday get around to starting her own line, but probably won’t someday get around to settling down: marriage is not her style, she insists. Enter Adam (Tony Goldwyn: The Belko Experiment), a lawyer from Boston who has just arrived in town, and with whom Senna’s best friend, Darla (Liza Lapira: Repo Men), attempts to set her up. It doesn’t go well,
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Film Review: ‘All I Wish’

Film Review: ‘All I Wish’
To see Sharon Stone in a movie these days is to be reminded of how much you’ve missed her since the last one. Her star quality is particular: a cool, crackling, slightly ribald confidence in her own charisma that hasn’t been especially well-tended, much less replicated, by Hollywood in the last 20-odd years. There’s no missing Stone in the course of “All I Wish,” at least, as she jacks up and soups up every last scene of Susan Walter’s devoted but beigely anodyne star vehicle, playing a feckless fashionista whose lifelong aversion to commitment hits a handsome stumbling block as she approaches the big five-oh. Skipping between the character’s variously shambolic birthday celebrations over the course of six years, this agreeable exercise in romancing the Stone hasn’t quite the teeth or the twinkle to match its inexhaustibly game leading lady.

Originally, and somewhat less generically,
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Scandal: ABC Releases Retrospective Video Ahead of Final Episodes

Are ready for the end of Scandal? Recently, ABC posted a retrospective video ahead of the TV series' upcoming finale.Currently in its seventh and final season, the political drama stars Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, a former White House Communications Director who now runs a premier crisis management firm to handle erupting political scandals. The cast also includes Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes, Guillermo Diaz, Jeff Perry, Tony Goldwyn, and Joshua Malina.Read More…
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