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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.

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

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 Thursday at 10/9 c on ABC.

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‘Scandal’ Star Bellamy Young Just Got an Email That Said ‘Everything Is Changed’ in New Series Finale Cut

‘Scandal’ Star Bellamy Young Just Got an Email That Said ‘Everything Is Changed’ in New Series Finale Cut
Scandal” fans gather around, because we have the spoiler alert to end all spoiler alerts. Star Bellamy Young told TheWrap Wednesday she received an email telling her “Everything Is Changed'” in a new cut of the series finale that she has yet to see.

For those non-die hard TGIT fans who haven’t been following along, that last episode is set to air tomorrow.
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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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‘Scandal’ Showrunner Betsy Beers Teases ‘Satisfying’ Finale – But Don’t Expect Happy Endings

‘Scandal’ Showrunner 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.

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

“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’ Star Scott Foley on Why Series Finale Will Have Fans Asking ‘Did That Happen?’

‘Scandal’ Star Scott Foley on Why Series Finale Will Have Fans Asking ‘Did That Happen?’
(Spoiler alert: Do not read ahead unless you’ve watched through last week’s penultimate episode of “Scandal”)

Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) will — presumably — handle things for the last time when she and almost every other major character on “Scandal” sit down to testify to their worst crimes when the finale airs on Thursday.

But before you head into the episode ready to follow Shonda Rhimes and her chosen ending over a cliff, you should know she might be hanging you off it.

Scott Foley, who plays Liv’s sometimes lover (other times brother) Jake Ballard, told TheWrap in an interview last week that the seventh and final season of “Scandal” will come to a close with an ending that ties up almost all the loose ends. But one stray kernel of the story might keep you guessing long after the credits roll.

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“Now there is one thing that is sort of ambiguous at the very end of the show and it’s going to leave people questioning, ‘Did this happen? Did that happen? I don’t quite get it.’ And I think it’s important to make it your own,” Foley said of the episode — titled, “Over a Cliff.” “And there’s going to be questions and disagreements and ‘It couldn’t be. Here’s why’ or ‘It has to be. Here’s why.'”

“But I think it’s important for the viewer, when that happens, and they see the moment that I’m talking about, to make it personal to them. And I know this is sounding very ethereal, and forgive me for that. But there is an opportunity there for it to have whatever you want it to have,” he added.

Also Read: 'Scandal's Joe Morton Talks Saying Goodbye to 'Surrogate Daughter' Kerry Washington

Ok, trying desperately to ignore the ambiguity for a minute, we can say Foley says they did a “fantastic job” with the last episode as a whole.

“And I think you’ll agree once you see the finale that all these storylines are wrapped up in such a way that you, or I felt, at least, with regards to every character, ‘Ok that makes sense,'” he assured us.

You know what? Let’s do this. Over a cliff, right?

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

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TV News Roundup: Tracy Morgan’s ‘Last O.G.’ Scores Record Ratings for TBS

TV News Roundup: Tracy Morgan’s ‘Last O.G.’ Scores Record Ratings for TBS
In today’s roundup, Shondaland announced their podcast launch with Katie Lowes and Betsy Beers, while Tracy Morgan’s new series “The Last O.G.” bowed to strong ratings on TBS

First Looks

ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer will release “My Reality: A Hidden America” on a special edition of “20/20” on Friday, April 20 at 10 p.m. Et on ABC. Inspired by the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, Sawyer and her team of producers traveled across America to document hard-working women–from truck drivers to waitresses–facing sexual harassment in the workplace. The special report features potential solutions for women who work in fear.
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Shondaland Steps Into the World of Podcasting With ‘Scandal’ Star Katie Lowes

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Fans may be saying goodbye to Quinn Perkins when “Scandal” wraps its final season next month, but her real-life counterpart Katie Lowes is remaining a resident of Shondaland for the foreseeable future. However, this time the Tgit actress isn’t starring in a Shonda Rhimes’ series but is hosting the production company’s first-ever podcast.

“That’s right! I get to stay in Shondaland for ‘Katie’s Crib’ which is the best!” Lowes told People Thursday. The show will be mommy-centric.

“This whole thing of motherhood is insane. It’s a rollercoaster, which I love because the Shondaland logo is a rollercoaster. That’s basically how I feel every day,” Lowes joked.

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The actress and husband Adam Shapiro welcomed their first child, son Albee, in October 2017.

“Shondaland approached me about it actually,” Lowes added. “They came to me and thought, ‘I feel like you’re going through this huge thing called motherhood and there are probably a lot of people that would benefit going through this stuff with you.’ It’s been amazing.”

The weekly podcast will feature fellow celebrity moms like Kristen Bell, Casey Wilson, Jennifer Finnigan, Angelique Cabral and June Diane Raphael.

Also Read: 'Scandal's Joe Morton Talks Saying Goodbye to 'Surrogate Daughter' Kerry Washington

In May, Shondaland executive producer Betsy Beers will also launch a podcast, called “Geri and Milli.” The series will navigate the generational gap between Beers (she calls herself “geriatric”) and her millennial guests with a humorous take. Beers and her guests will discuss cultural moments and how they’ve shaped each of their lives.

Both pods will be available on iTunes and other platforms, as well as on the Shondaland.com website. You can go ahead and subscribe to “Katie’s Crib” on iTunes now.

The final season of “Scandal” airs Thursdays at 10/9 c on ABC.

We have a podcast launching soon! Subscribe today to 'Katie's Crib,' a new podcast from #Scandal star @KatieQLowes, where she talks to special guests and experts about the hilarious highs and unexpected lows of motherhood and being a new parent. https://t.co/o1QRoXZmeS

— Shondaland (@byshondaland) April 5, 2018

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Shondaland Launches Podcasts With ‘Scandal’s Katie Lowes & Producer Betsy Beers

Shondaland is expanding its footprint in the digital space and moving into the world of podcasting, with its first two series set to launch this spring. The first is Katie’s Crib, featuring Scandal‘s Katie Lowes set for premiere April 16. The second, Geri & Milli, hosted by Shondaland Executive Producer Betsy Beers, will debut later next month. Katie's Crib is a weekly podcast where Lowes and a guest discuss the unexpected joys, pains, foibles, and hilarity of motherhood…
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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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‘Scandal’ Cast Talks Show’s End, Thanks Fans in New Video

‘Scandal’ Cast Talks Show’s End, Thanks Fans in New Video
As the series finale for “Scandal” nears, ABC has released a video featuring the cast discussing their experiences on the hit Shondaland show and thanking fans for their support over seven seasons.

“There’s not a single feeling I haven’t had about the show ending,” series star Kerry Washington says in the clip.

Katie Lowes, Guillermo Diaz, Scott Foley, Tony Goldwyn, Josh Malina, Darby Stanchfield, Bellamy Young and Jeff Perry also appear in the video, which shows bloopers and behind-the-scenes footage of the cast together on set.

While some make predictions about what they think will happen to their
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Scandal: Production Wraps on the ABC TV Show's Last Episode

That's a wrap! Deadline reports Scandal has wrapped production on seventh and final season.The ABC 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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Scandal Cast To Perform Live Stage Reading Of Series Finale

The Actors Fund — the national human services organization that fosters stability and resiliency, and provides a safety net for performing arts and entertainment professionals over their lifespan — announced today that the cast of ABC’s Scandal will reunite for a one-night-only Live staged reading of the highly-anticipated final episode on Thursday, April 19 — the same night the series finale airs on television!

All proceeds from this once in a lifetime event will benefit The Actors Fund’s programs and services.

The Actors Fund’s Scandal Finale Live Staged Reading will star, subject to availability, 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.

The event will take place at Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre from 8:00-9:30pm on Thursday, April 19. Individual tickets, priced at $500, $250, $100 and $75, go on sale at 12Noon Pt on Thursday,
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Scandal Series Finale: 'Overwhelmed' Kerry Washington & Co. Share Bts Photos From Last Shooting Day

Scandal Series Finale: 'Overwhelmed' Kerry Washington & Co. Share Bts Photos From Last Shooting Day
And that’s a series wrap!

Early Saturday morning, production on Scandal‘s last episode ever (airing Thursday, April 19 at 10/9c on ABC) concluded, with creator Shonda Rhimes, star Kerry Washington et al documenting the lead-up to the final scene.

The social media posts began rolling in on Friday afternoon, with Joshua Malina among the first tweeting about the last shooting day:

The show wraps tonight, but #Scandal won’t really be over until April 19th, when the finale airs, and for one last time the cast live-tweets with our Gladiators.

— Joshua Malina (@JoshMalina) March 16, 2018

Costars Katie Lowes and Darby Stanchfield,
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Bellamy Young Says Scandal Cast Is Hoping for a Movie After Finale — and Praying 'Nobody Dies'

Scandal is almost over — but there’s a chance the series finale might not be the last we see of Olivia Pope and her gladiators.

Appearing on Thursday’s episode of Steve Harvey‘s eponymous talk show, Steve, Bellamy Young dished on the long-running ABC drama’s upcoming conclusion.

“Shonda [Rhimes] always said she knew where this story started, and she knew where it was going to end,” the actress explained. “We were hoping she’d change her mind. We had like a ‘back to school’ dinner and we asked her, ‘Is it ending where you always thought it was going to?
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Scandal on ABC: Cancelled or Renewed for Season Eight?

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

Kristen Bell Reveals Husband Dax Shepard Once Had to 'Nurse' from Her Breast
Parenthood is a beautiful time for a couple — but it also requires messy tasks you’d never expect to do with your partner.

Kristen Bell and husband Dax Shepard had one of those moments when Bell was dealing with mastitis, or a build-up of milk in her breast duct, after one of her daughters had stopped nursing. As Bell explains on her web series Momsplaining to Scandal star Katie Lowes, Shepard had to “nurse” from her breast to relieve the pressure.

“I was in Atlanta. We couldn’t call a doctor, and this was right after the baby stopped nursing,
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Scandal Recap: I Must Confess...

Scandal Recap: I Must Confess...
Scandal has introduced us to all sorts of hats during the past seven seasons — white, black, grey. But Thursday’s episode offered up an entirely different type of headpiece: “old hat.”

RELATEDExclusive Scandal Photos: Kerry Washington Makes Her Directorial Debut

At least that’s what Olivia called Fitz & Co.’s attempt to hold her captive at the Vermont Dream House for an intervention. (The classic sex cabin bait-and-switch gets ’em every time!) But Liv wasn’t about to let herself be put on trial, so she jumped straight to her plea (not guilty!) and her closing remarks:

“There isn’t
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Katie Lowes Apologizes for Being 'Not a Good Actor' After Son's Birth: 'Did Not Do My Homework'

Katie Lowes Apologizes for Being 'Not a Good Actor' After Son's Birth: 'Did Not Do My Homework'
Katie Lowes‘ experiences as a new mom have been priceless — but she admits they would’ve really come in handy a couple weeks earlier.

The Scandal star stopped by Live with Kelly and Ryan on Tuesday, dishing about how she filmed the show’s most recent episode two weeks before the birth of her son Albee, whose arrival she announced in October.

“ that episode, I was chained to a wall,” says Lowes. “I had a little bit of bruising around my ankle and was like, ‘Oh, that’s normal.”

Adds the new mom, 36, “I was like, ‘No, that’s from
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Movie Critic Richard Roeper Gets Suspended for Buying Twitter Followers

Just a few months after The New York Times broke the Harvey Weinstein sex scandal, the publication has broken another scandal wide open, which may have cost a prominent film critic his job. The Chicago Sun-Times announced that film critic Richard Roeper has been suspended by the newspaper, after his name was mentioned among many prominent actors, athletes, influencers and many more, who have used a shady company known as Devumi to purchase fake Twitter followers to enhance his social media presence. Here's what Chicago Sun-Times editor-in-chief Chris Fusco said in a statement.

"We became aware over the weekend of issues relating to Rich Roeper's Twitter account. We're investigating these issues. We will not be publishing any reviews or columns by Rich until this investigation is complete."

As of now, Richard Roeper has over 224,000 Twitter followers, but there is no indication as to how many of those followers are fake.
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Katie Lowes Explains Quinn’s Fate On ‘Scandal’ [Spoilers]

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The newest episode of Scandal aired Thursday, which finally revealed that Quinn is actually alive. The episode showed a flashback when Rowan abducted her from the Qpa’s elevator and kept hostage. He was only planning to use her as a way to get his freedom, but staged her death when Olivia called his bluff. In a new […]

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