Scandal (TV series)

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Scandal
Scandal Intertitle.png
Also known asThe Fixer (South Africa)
GenrePolitical thriller
Political drama
FormatSerial drama
Procedural drama
Created byShonda Rhimes
StarringKerry Washington
Columbus Short
Darby Stanchfield
Katie Lowes
Guillermo Díaz
Jeff Perry
Tony Goldwyn
Bellamy Young
Joshua Malina
Scott Foley
Henry Ian Cusick
Theme music composerChad Fischer
Composer(s)Chad Fischer
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes39 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Shonda Rhimes
Betsy Beers
Mark Wilding
Producer(s)Merri D. Howard
Scott Collins
Tom Verica
Judy Smith
Jenna Bans
Mark Fish
Heather Mitchell
Chris van Dusen
Peter Noah
Holden Chang
Roxann Dawson
Editor(s)Karen Castañeda
Matthew Ramsey
CinematographyOliver Bokelberg
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time43 minutes (approx.)
Production company(s)ABC Studios
ShondaLand
DistributorDisney-ABC Domestic Television
Broadcast
Original channelABC
Picture format720p (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Dolby Digital 5.1
Original runApril 5, 2012 (2012-04-05) – present
External links
Official website
Production website
 
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Scandal
Scandal Intertitle.png
Also known asThe Fixer (South Africa)
GenrePolitical thriller
Political drama
FormatSerial drama
Procedural drama
Created byShonda Rhimes
StarringKerry Washington
Columbus Short
Darby Stanchfield
Katie Lowes
Guillermo Díaz
Jeff Perry
Tony Goldwyn
Bellamy Young
Joshua Malina
Scott Foley
Henry Ian Cusick
Theme music composerChad Fischer
Composer(s)Chad Fischer
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes39 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Shonda Rhimes
Betsy Beers
Mark Wilding
Producer(s)Merri D. Howard
Scott Collins
Tom Verica
Judy Smith
Jenna Bans
Mark Fish
Heather Mitchell
Chris van Dusen
Peter Noah
Holden Chang
Roxann Dawson
Editor(s)Karen Castañeda
Matthew Ramsey
CinematographyOliver Bokelberg
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time43 minutes (approx.)
Production company(s)ABC Studios
ShondaLand
DistributorDisney-ABC Domestic Television
Broadcast
Original channelABC
Picture format720p (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Dolby Digital 5.1
Original runApril 5, 2012 (2012-04-05) – present
External links
Official website
Production website

Scandal is an American political thriller television series starring Kerry Washington. Created by Shonda Rhimes, it debuted on ABC on April 5, 2012.[1] Kerry Washington's character, Olivia Pope, is partially based on former George H.W. Bush administration press aide Judy Smith, who serves as a co-executive producer.[2] The show takes place in Washington, D.C. and focuses on Olivia Pope's crisis management firm, Olivia Pope & Associates, and its staff, as well as staff at the White House.

Plot[edit]

Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) is a former White House Communications Director for the President of the United States who has left to start her own crisis management firm, Olivia Pope & Associates. Olivia has decided to dedicate her life to protecting the public images of the nation's elite but is finding that no matter how hard she tries, she cannot leave parts of her past behind.

Olivia Pope & Associates' staff includes Harrison Wright (Columbus Short), a smooth and efficient litigator; Abby Whelan (Darby Stanchfield), the firm's investigator; Huck (Guillermo Diaz), a hacker with a Central Intelligence Agency past; and recent recruit Quinn Perkins (Katie Lowes), a fresh faced lawyer with a secret. Another former employee of Pope and Associates was Pope's good friend, Stephen Finch (Henry Ian Cusick), a suave detective who was never really tied down to anything. Cusick, known particularly for his role in the U.S. television series Lost, left the show after one season.[3]

Series overview[edit]

Season 1: 2012[edit]

The first season of the show introduced Olivia Pope and the various members of her firm, as well as President of the United States Fitzgerald Grant (Tony Goldwyn) and Cyrus Beene (Jeff Perry), his chief of staff. Season one focused on the lives of the team members, the relationship between Olivia and the president (her former employer), and the mystery surrounding Amanda Tanner's (Liza Weil) involvement with the White House, among other cases the team solved.

Season 2: 2012–2013[edit]

Several casting changes occurred: Henry Ian Cusick as Stephen Finch exited and both Bellamy Young, as First Lady of the United States, and Joshua Malina, as David Rosen, were bumped up to series regulars. Season two began airing in September in the same time slot.

Season 3: 2013–2014[edit]

The show was renewed for a third season on May 10, 2013.[4] It was announced that Scott Foley, who played the role of Jake, one of Olivia Pope's love interests, would return as a regular character. Friends star Lisa Kudrow was signed[5] to portray Montana Congresswoman Josephine Marcus in a multi-episode arc[6] and Private Practice actor Paul Adelstein, and Army Wives star Sally Pressman will recur for the third season.[7][8]

ABC is pursuing a split-season schedule for most of their dramas for 2013-14, meaning Scandal premiered its third season on October 3, with a winter hiatus through the holidays and January 2014, along with the 2014 Winter Olympics, returning with a "spring" premiere February 27.[9]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast and characters[edit]

Main cast of Scandal
ActorCharacterSeason
S1S2AS2BS3AS3B
Kerry WashingtonOlivia PopeMain
Columbus ShortHarrison WrightMain
Darby StanchfieldAbby WhelanMain
Katie LowesQuinn PerkinsMain
Guillermo DiazHuckMain
Tony GoldwynFitzgerald Thomas Grant IIIMain
Jeff PerryCyrus BeeneMain
Henry Ian CusickStephen FinchMain
Joshua MalinaDavid RosenRecurringMain
Bellamy YoungMellie GrantRecurringMain
Scott FoleyJake BallardRecurringMain

Recurring cast and characters[edit]

Former characters[edit]

Production[edit]

Conception and development[edit]

In early 2011, it was announced that Shonda Rhimes was developing a new pilot. In February, Kerry Washington was cast in a leading role.[15] Actress Gabrielle Union auditioned for this role alongside Washington before Olivia was officially chosen. Henry Ian Cusick also landed a role in the series.[16] On February 28, 2011, it was announced that Tony Goldwyn landed the role as the president.[17] In May 2011, ABC picked up the pilot as a mid-season replacement,[18] During the Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour, it was announced that the show would premiere April 5, 2012 after Grey's Anatomy, relocating Private Practice to Tuesday nights.[19]

The program was renewed for a second season on May 11, 2012, in the same Thursday timeslot, while Private Practice remained in the new Tuesday evening timeslot to finish its final season.[20] Rhimes had stated at the time that the second season would likely be thirteen episodes or less,[21][22] but the renewal of the series after the fall meant that the second season would have two arcs through the season; the first covering the main 13-episode order, with the second arc taking place during the "back nine" order.

Critical reception[edit]

The show has been met with generally favorable reviews, with a collective score of 64/100 based on 28 critics from Metacritic.[23] Alan Sepinwall of HitFix stated:

To be perfectly honest, after watching four episodes of "Scandal", I'm not 100 percent clear on what it is that Olivia and her team (most of them fellow lawyers who don't practice law) do, nor on exactly what the show is. I'm also not entirely sure that it matters. "Scandal" is a good example of what a show is about being far less important than how it's about it.[24]

IndieWire, a daily news site reviewed the first season of Scandal, comparing it to the FX show Damages. Stating that the premise was similar and that "'Damages' is a hell of a show, and worthy of all the accolades; but it's what Scandal could be, if the envelope was pushed a bit more, and if the show took more risks."[25]

Newsday's Verne Gay called the series "fun", but added:

All the tropes, cliches and (especially) soap conventions series creator Shonda Rhimes has poured so generously into "Grey's Anatomy" and "Private Practice" over the years have been poured right back into this Beltway potboiler. The hairpin plot twists. The whiplash character reveals. The bumptious moralizing. The Strong Woman/Wronged Woman character type, and its direct corollary, Weak, Middle-Aged, Married Man Who Secretly Likes Hookers. It's all here![26]

The show however received many more positive reviews during its second season. AV Club's Ryan McGee compared the show to House of Cards

But Scandal has quite a bit to say about how people in general operate. By extension, it also has a lot to say about the type of television people respond to in this ever-splintered viewing environment. In a year in which almost all ratings are down, Scandal has gone up. Its insane storytelling really isn’t insane at all. Many want to dub House Of Cards the future of television as a whole. In terms of distribution, this may be true. But by giving audiences what they want, and then giving them so much more than they ever expected, Scandal is the show those looking toward the future of television should be aiming to actually produce, regardless of the medium in which it is viewed.[27]

Alan Sepinwall of HitFix also changed his stance:

When "Scandal" debuted last spring, I wasn't sure what to make of it, beyond recognizing that Kerry Washington had the goods to carry a series and Shonda Rhimes had fashioned an excellent role for her. This season, though, Rhimes has kicked the show up to another level by ditching the Crisis of the Week procedural format in favor of reinventing "Scandal" as a gonzo hybrid of conspiracy thriller and high-stakes soap opera, involving election rigging, a presidential assassination attempt, a failed internal White House coup, and all sorts of other crazy shenanigans. It's ludicrous on virtually every level; it's also an enormous amount of fun, thanks to the writing and the performances.[28]

Accolades[edit]

YearResultAwardCategoryRecipients
2012NominatedALMA AwardFavorite TV Actor - Supporting Role in a DramaGuillermo Díaz
2013WonNAACP Image AwardOutstanding Actress in a Drama SeriesKerry Washington
WonOutstanding Drama SeriesScandal
NominatedOutstanding Writing in a Dramatic SeriesShonda Rhimes (for episode "Sweet Baby")
NominatedPrimetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesKerry Washington
WonOutstanding Guest Actor in a Drama SeriesDan Bucatinsky
2014NominatedScreen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama SeriesKerry Washington
NominatedGolden Globe AwardBest Actress in a Television Drama SeriesKerry Washington

Broadcast[edit]

In the United States Scandal airs on ABC on Thursday nights at 10pm/9pm CT. The program airs at the same time in Canada through the City television system with simsubbing of the ABC feed.

The series airs on Seven Network in Australia, ZFB-TV in Bermuda, WPLG in the Bahamas, City in Canada, TVB Pearl in Hong Kong, and on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom.[29] It airs in South Africa on M-net titled The Fixer.[30] In New Zealand it first aired on TV One but now airs on TV2.

Cable syndication[edit]

On July 15, 2013, Black Entertainment Television and ABC announced an early syndication agreement which will see BET carrying a marathon of the first two seasons on August 10 and 17, 2013, then in two-hour blocks on Wednesdays before the show's season three premiere on October 3.[31] BET will then air new season three episodes after an eight day delay, similar to how Fox allows adult swim to air new episodes of Seth MacFarlane's animated series Family Guy on a two-week delay after their network premieres.[32][33]

Ratings[edit]

U.S. television ratings for Scandal
SeasonTimeslot (EST)Number of EpisodesPremiereFinaleTV SeasonOverall rank18–49 rankOverall viewershipLive + DVR viewers
DateViewers
(millions)
DateViewers
(millions)
1
Thursdays
10:00 pm
7
April 5, 2012 (2012-04-05)
7.33[34]
May 17, 2012 (2012-05-17)
7.33[35]2011–12#62[36]#73[37]8.21[36]8.70[38]
222
September 27, 2012
6.74[39]
May 16, 2013
9.12[40]2012–13#44#338.46[41]10.07[42]
318[43]
October 3, 2013
10.52[44]
April 17, 2014
N/A2013–14TBATBATBATBA

In season 2, Scandal's ratings gradually increased and the show started winning its time slot on a regular basis. The show ranks as one of the highest rated dramas on television. On October 3, 2013, Scandal achieved a series-high 3.6, 18-49 rating, and 10.52 million viewers during its season three premiere, rating higher than its lead-in program Grey's Anatomy, beating its competitions, Elementary and Parenthood, and placing second overall throughout the night in the demographics. The show has done well among African American women ages 18–34.[citation needed]

DVD releases and online availability[edit]

The series's DVD releases currently consist of the first and second seasons, and were released by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment under the ABC Studios label. Additionally, Netflix currently streams seasons one and two in the US, and the show is available via traditional by-episode purchase by most online video retailers.

Season 1[edit]

Scandal: The Complete First Season
Set DetailsSpecial Features
  • 7 Episodes
  • 2-Disc Set
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround)
  • English SDH, Spanish and French subtitles
  • Scandal: Setting The Pace
  • Gladiators in Suits: Casting a Series
  • Scripting Scandal
Release Dates
Region 1Region 2
June 12, 2012October 7, 2013

Season 2[edit]

Scandal: The Complete Second Season
Set DetailsSpecial Features
  • 22 Episodes
  • 5-Disc Set
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround)
  • English SDH, Spanish and French subtitles
  • A Closer Look
  • Hanging with Huck
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Outtakes/Bloopers
Release Dates
Region 1Region 2
September 3, 2013TBA

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