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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
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 Friday 4/20/18 at 1:48PM EDT
Jimmy Kimmel Live! sets Avengers: Infinity War Week
Next week for five nights, Kimmel will host 19 stars of the upcoming Marvel film, which is under the same Disney umbrella as his talk show. Kimmel usually does four shows a week, but he's doing an extra Friday show to accomodate all the big names.
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 Wednesday 4/18/18 at 11:16PM EDT
Shonda Rhimes: There are no plans for Scandal characters to show up on How to Get Away with Murder
Rhimes says it would be up to HTGAWM creator Pete Nowalk for another crossover. “That’s his show and his storytelling," she says. "I don’t know if he’s ever going to mention it. It’s not a plan that either one of us have. Neither one of us have that in our heads as part of a plan, so thus far, no.”
Posted Wednesday 4/18/18 at 6:42PM EDT
Bellamy Young: Scandal cast received an email today saying “EVERYTHING IS CHANGED" in a new cut of the series finale
The actress tells The Wrap, "we literally just got an email that said, ‘We’re sending everyone a cut this evening’ — which they never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever do — ‘EVERYTHING IS CHANGED’ — in capital letters — ‘A LOT. Please watch it before you do any more press.’"
Posted Saturday 4/14/18 at 12:07AM EDT
Scandal cast will visit Jimmy Kimmel after the series finale
The cast will also participate in a live table read timed to the West Coast broadcast to benefit the Actors Fund.
Posted Saturday 4/14/18 at 12:07AM EDT
Ranking the best TV pilots of the 21st Century
From Scandal to Gilmore Girls to Breaking Bad.
Posted Friday 4/13/18 at 1:17PM EDT
Scandal's series finale promo ends with a gunshot
"We're confessing to some bad things," says Guillermo Diaz's Huck.
Posted Thursday 4/12/18 at 10:36PM EDT
Here are the nine episodes that helped define Scandal
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
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 4/05/18 at 1:50PM EDT
Scandal's Katie Lowes is getting one of two new Shondaland podcasts
Lowes will talk about motherhood in her weekly podcast Katie's Crib. Shondaland executive producer Betsy Beers is also getting a podcast, Geri & Milli, about the generational gap between her (self-described geriatrics) and her guests (millennials).
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 Monday 3/19/18 at 10:12PM EDT
Scandal deserves praise for its recent #MeToo-themed episode
Last week's episode grappled with a worst-case scenario of sexual harassment and the show's own history of possible misconduct.
Posted Friday 3/16/18 at 10:02PM EDT
Scandal's best gift to television is that Olivia Pope is not a role model
"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.