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Entertainment | TV | ABC’s Scandal


Photo credit: eonline.com

Photo credit: eonline.com

Since its debut on April 5, 2012, Scandal, a Shonda Rhimes’ creation, has single-handedly taken over primetime television. This political drama centers on former White House Communications Director for the president, Olivia Pope. Brilliantly portrayed by Kerry Washington, Ms. Pope is the CEO of her own crisis management firm Olivia Pope and Associates. She dedicates her life to protecting the public images of the nation’s elite. She is, also, very dedicated to her work and to the people she helps. Her staff is loyal to her because she prevents their harmful secrets from getting out. She strives to begin a new chapter of her life but often finds it difficult since certain things from her past continue to haunt her.The first season mostly focused on the introduction and lives of characters, Olivia Pope and Associates’ staff. This talented group includes, Ms. Abby Whelan (Darby Stanchfield) – the firm’s investigator, Mr. Huck Finn (Guillermo Diaz) – a hacker with a past in the CIA, Ms. Quinn Perkins (Katie Lowes), and Mr. Harrison Wright (Columbus Short)- a smooth and efficient litigator.

The second season saw a few changes. First was the exit of Stephen Finch, portrayed by Henry Ian Cusick. In addition, there was the promotion of two characters from recurring roles to main roles (Bellamy Young and Joshua Malina).

U.S. Attorney David Rosen, charismatically played by Joshua Malina, is a stickler for the law, believing that it’s his job to uphold it. All I can say is each workplace, in real life, has at least three of these.

Another is First Lady Mellie Grant, amazingly played by Bellamy Young. She’s a strong, yet, calculating woman – willing to do anything to stay in the White House. It’s obvious that she and her husband have no relationship and stay together purely for political reasons. Hmmm….

Well, I refuse give it all away. ABC is the place to be. Tune in Thursday evenings at 10:00pm/9pm central. Get hooked! Get Scandalous!

Ashly is a freelance writer and poet from Baltimore, MD.

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