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Posted Wednesday 10/31/18 at 1:31PM EDT
Leslie Odom Jr. to star in ABC pastors comedy pilot from producer Kerry Washington
The Tony- and Grammy-winning Hamilton alum is returning to TV to star in a comedy about a pair of pastors at a young, hip and diverse church in Los Angeles. The series is inspired by the experiences of real-life pastors Touré Roberts and Sarah Jakes-Roberts. Odom previously starred on NBC's Smash and recurred on Law & Order: SVU and Person of Interest. “Kerry Washington is one of the most formidable artists of my generation,” Odom Jr. said. “We’ve been searching for the better part of two years to find an idea about which we both felt passionate enough to dedicate ourselves."
Posted Wednesday 9/26/18 at 2:44PM EDT
Does HBO's 2016 Anita Hill hearing film Confirmation still hold up?
Source: The Ringer
Released in April 2016, Confirmation feels both ahead of and out of step with 2018, says Alison Herman after rewatching the film on the 1991 Clarence Thomas Supreme Court confirmation hearings and Hill's sexual harassment allegations in advance of Thursday's scheduled U.S. Senate hearing on sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. "Rewatching Confirmation with an eye toward (Kavanaugh accuser Dr. Christine Blasey) Ford’s approaching testimony Thursday is, frankly, grueling," says Herman of the TV movie, which starred Kerry Washington as Hill and Wendell Pierce as Thomas. On the one hand, the film anticipated the #MeToo movement that would begin one-and-half-years later. Yet "the story already feels out of step with current thinking about the intersection between sexual politics and electoral ones," she says. Herman adds that the film's "harsh indictment of Washington’s power structure doesn’t imagine a future where 'sexual harassment and assault are wrong' has become a partisan issue. Still, the battle lines they do draw end up making a deeper, more enduring point, one that threatens to outlast the current dispute. The fundamental distinction that drives Confirmation isn’t between Democrats—who were in the majority and 11 of whom voted for Thomas—and Republicans. It’s between women and men who protect one another."
Posted Monday 8/13/18 at 9:39PM EDT
Kerry Washington to star in her second Hulu series: Sci-fi drama Old City Blues
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The former Scandal star, who is already attached to the Hulu limited series Little Fires Everywhere, will star in and executive produce a second Hulu series -- an adaptation of the futuristic 2011 graphic novel Old City Blues. Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski is on board to direct the pilot. Written by Giannis Milonogiannis, the graphic novel Old City Blues is set in the year 2048 in the city of "New Athens, on the ruins that once was known as Greece but is now crawling with high-tech criminals including smugglers, drug dealers and corrupt politicians and powerful corporations." Washington's role has yet to be revealed.
Posted Thursday 5/10/18 at 9:39PM EDT
BET is posting all six episodes of its short-lived 2010 Black Panther animated series to Facebook
Source: Shadow and Act
The animated series, which has garnered new interest thanks to the Ryan Coogler Marvel movie, featured an all-star cast of voices, including Kerry Washington, Djimon Hounsou, Alfre Woodard, Jill Scott and Phil Morris.
Posted Friday 4/20/18 at 10:50PM EDT
Scandal's Olivia Pope was not a role model, but her deification makes sense when you consider what she represents
As Willa Paskin points out, Kerry Washington's character "beat a disabled man (who, to be fair, was also an evil child killer) to death with a chair. She’s rigged an election. She was, briefly, the head of B613. She’s done awful things I don’t even remember and awful things I stopped watching. Her bad deeds are innumerable. But the deification of Olivia Pope make sense if you consider Scandal extratextually—if what those girls are looking at is an Olivia Pope–Kerry Washington hybrid, where the thing to admire, to stand in awe of, is a black woman permitted to do very horrible things and be loved anyway: not a role model, but a shining example of the power of representation." ALSO: Scandal star who didn't make it says of learning the news: "My heart (started) pounding"
Posted Friday 4/20/18 at 1:48PM EDT
Shonda Rhimes wanted Scandal's series finale left to viewers' interpretation
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Rhimes spoke to reporters about the finale shortly before it aired, saying her team didn't plan to address the ending, She wanted Scandal fans to interpret for themselves the show's ultimate takeaway about politics and Washington, D.C. "One of the things that Olivia says in the penultimate episode is this idea of standing up and being somebody who puts everything out in the open is important," Rhimes said. "Whether or not everybody pays for what they've done, I don't know that that's what the finale is about as much as it's about seeing what happens once that choice has been made."
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- Scandal exits with 5.4 million total viewers, up 29% from the previous week
- Last night's live table read revealed scenes cut from the series finale
- What exactly does that Olivia portrait mean?
- "This is absolutely bonkers": 23 questions about the series finale
- How Scandal made wearing white the ultimate power move
- Ranking every Scandal season: Season 2 is the best
- Bellamy Young pens a column on "What I Learned in Shondaland"
Posted Thursday 4/19/18 at 6:51PM EDT
Scandal helped define the Obama era, but may have also predicted the rise of Trump
Scandal outlived its own era, the Obama era, and was effectively made irrelevant by Trump's victory, says Daniel D'Addario. "Along with Mad Men and Girls, Scandal will be on the very short list of series that defined the Obama years, both for its willingness to engage deep conversations on issues of race and its escapist vision of a world in which scandal was still fun," he says. On Scandal, Kerry Washington's "Olivia Pope was not incidentally black but specifically black," he says. "Her affair with a white President whom she also served was written, more and more as the show was emboldened by success, to explicitly reference Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings. It was a pairing that was touched by the dynamics of power, and a white man in Scandal’s universe, as ours, has more of it than a black woman." He adds: "Scandal’s unique status as a broadcast-TV drama with a black female protagonist, and the way it made that protagonist a complicated woman who had real conversations about what race meant to her, was well-suited to a time in which the President was, for the first time, able to have similar conversations with the nation. The show came along at the right moment, extending a discussion that was at last happening on America’s most visible stages." But Scandal exits tonight amid a Trump administration that is mired in real-life scandal. "The thing is, there are no real scandals on Scandal; the word implies a public reaction of disgust and disapprobation," says D'Addario. "Scandal spends almost no time with the public, and the resolution of each case—from an untidy murder to an election swinging to the candidate the voters didn’t choose—is, as far as we the viewers can tell, acquiescence. Because everything is breaking all the time, nothing sinks in. In Scandal’s universe, the unending stream of news that might once have seemed unbelievable has become background noise. Scandal got, on some level, that occasional dramas are lots of fun but a news cycle that’s only dramas becomes endurable only by tuning out. It was a show whose time passed, in part because it saw too clearly what it’d be like to live through our own."
- Shonda Rhimes still wonders why Scandal only received a seven-episode Season 1 order: "To me it spoke to a lack of faith in the idea that a black woman could be the lead of a television show. And I found that to be insulting"
- Scandal was "a little miracle of genre fusion, somehow managing to be several seemingly incompatible shows at the same time"
- Rhimes on Olivia Pope's legacy: "Now it feels very normal and obvious that female characters can be antiheroes, and it feels normal and obvious that women of color can lead shows"
- Inside the Scandal writers' room: Shonda Rhimes & Co. recall ABC initially asking that Olivia not sleep with the president
- Scandal was a social-media game-changer, inspiring Twitter to launch boot camps for other TV shows
- Scandal brought Black Twitter to life every Thursday
- Executive producer Betsy Beers realized Scandal was a massive hit after Fitz was shot
- Before Olivia Pope, it was rare to see a black woman portrayed as such a potent symbol of desire in television and film
- Rhimes turned what should've been a limited series into TV immortality by blowing up the plot almost every week
- Kerry Washington on leaving Scandal: “I am not in complete denial, but I don’t think the processing will be complete for a while"
- Rhimes' original Scandal ending was upended by the 2016 election
- "I've always said I'm more Team Olivia than every other team," says Rhimes
- Scandal's success was proof of the power of female viewers, especially black women
- Does Olivia’s white hat still have any meaning at this point?
- The Season 2 episode “Spies Like Us" is where scandal went off the rails, forever altering its DNA
- Here are the 23 greatest Scandal monologues
- The Season 3 finale “The Price of Free and Fair Elections" illustrated Scandal's early promise and its worst impulses
- Scandal cast and crew discuss their favorite scenes
- Scandal was always about Olivia and Mellie finding each other
- Katie Lowes and Guillermo Diaz agree "The Lawn Chair" is the most important episode in establishing Scandal's legacy
- Ranking the Scandal characters by how shady they are
- The Music of Scandal: Shonda Rhimes made it a point to highlight black music icons
- How costume designer Lyn Paolo's own Prada bag ended up becoming an iconic part of Scandal
- Olivia Pope's best speeches, ranked
- Scandal finale to feature a brand-new song by an R&B legend
- What's next for the Scandal stars?
Posted Thursday 4/12/18 at 10:36PM EDT
Here are the nine episodes that helped define Scandal
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The series premiere was important, but the Season 2 premiere served the Shonda Rhimes drama's litmus test.
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 4:27AM EDT
Scandal costume designer looks back at her favorite Olivia Pope outfits -- which might be exhibited
Source: Los Angeles Times
Lyn Paolo, who's won four Emmys for her previous work and also designs outfits for other Shondaland shows, says some of the cast members purchased their favorite outfits. But ABC and Disney are holding onto much of Kerry Washington's character's wardrobe for a possible exhibition.
Posted Thursday 3/29/18 at 2:13PM EDT
Scandal stars thank fans in an emotional video retrospective
“There’s not a single feeling I haven’t had about the show ending,” Kerry Washington said in the video ABC released today.
Posted Friday 3/16/18 at 10:02PM EDT
Scandal's best gift to television is that Olivia Pope is not a role model
Source: The A.V. Club
"It’s interesting to think about the metaphor for Olivia as a role model," says Ashley Ray-Harris of this week's episode. "It’s a clear reference to Scandal’s overall legacy and what the show has accomplished while on the air. Sure, it’s been great for representation, but is that really enough? In the end, Olivia isn’t a role model and she shouldn’t have to be. That’s Scandal’s best gift to television: it told the story of a messy, complicated black woman and it did it the way it wanted to, even if that didn’t always make sense." ALSO: Scandal cast members got emotional on Twitter on the last day of filming.
Posted Tuesday 3/13/18 at 4:57PM EDT
Kerry Washington spotted filming Scandal in front of the White House
Source: The Washington Post
The ABC drama spent this past weekend filming scenes for the final episodes in Washington, D.C.
Posted Monday 3/12/18 at 10:04PM EDT
Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington's Little Fires Everywhere limited series lands at Hulu
The project, based on author Celeste Ng's book of the same name, reunites Hulu with Liz Tigelaar, who recently netted Hulu's first Golden Globe nomination for Casual. Tigelaar will write and serve as showrunner on the limited series.
Posted Friday 3/02/18 at 5:52PM EST
Why the Scandal-How to Get Away with Murder crossover beauty salon scene was so special
"It isn’t long before their differences are as smoothed out as their respective hairdos, but the beauty shop conversation is quietly revolutionary relative to the superhero spectacle of Black Panther," Joshua Alston says of the unique scene between Olivia Pope and Annalise Keating. "Crucially, it considers the same themes that all black people grapple with when they become rich, accomplished, and powerful: How much responsibility do you have to reach down to help others once you’ve reached the summit? That’s a bigger question that a nighttime soap opera can answer, but the fact that it was broached is enough to make the "How to Get Away With Scandal" crossover much more than a prime-time gimmick." ALSO: The “How To Get Away With Scandal” extravaganza was actually a stunning two hours of television.
Posted Friday 3/02/18 at 2:13PM EST
Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington team up to star in limited series Little Fires Everywhere
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Networks are bidding to land the star-studded limited series based on author Celeste Ng's book that was a Witherspoon book club pick just a few months ago. According to The Hollywood Reporter, "a parade of network execs took meetings Wednesday at Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine offices this week in a bid to land the series." Life Unexpected creator Liz Tigelaar, who is currently working on Witherspoon's Apple morning show drama, will pen the script and serve as showrunner in the limited series revolving around the controversial adoption of a Chinese-American baby, which divides the wealthy city of Shaker Heights, Ohio. Washington will also join Witherspoon in executive producing the series, which will be her follow-up to Scandal.