Type
Scripted
Premiered
Apr. 05, 2012
Status
Returning Series
Runtime
60 min.
Country
USA
Network
ABC TV Network

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Scandal

A former media relations consultant to the President, Olivia Pope dedicates her life to protecting and defending the public images of our nation's elite. After leaving the White House, she opened her own firm, hoping to start over but she can't seem to completely cut ties with her past. It becomes apparent that her staff, who specialize in fixing the lives of other can't quite fix their own.

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04x22 You Can't Take Command Aired: May. 14, 2015

Everything comes to a head when Olivia and the team finally make some big moves to take down Command, and Mellie’s fate is sealed as the election …

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Scandal Renewed For Season 5

ABC has renewed Scandal for a fifth season. The veteran Shonda Rhimes political thriller continues to be a strong performer for the network, with its viewership numbers in key demographics making it one of ABC's top shows.

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  • Was the first American TV drama to feature a black female lead since AND to be renewed for a second season since Jada Pinkett Smith's HawthoRNe.
  • At the start of season three, Olivia's father furiously chastises her for her behavior regarding President Grant: "How many times have I told you you have to be twice as good as them, to get…
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    At the start of season three, Olivia's father furiously chastises her for her behavior regarding President Grant: "How many times have I told you you have to be twice as good as them, to get half of what they have!" Entertainment Weekly called this line a Pope family motto, but this phrase is not an invention of the show's writers; rather, it is a piece of parenting advice that has been current in the black community since at least the mid-twentieth century, if not earlier. It is sufficiently well-known as a phrase that a 2007 biography of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was titled "Twice as Good: Condoleezza Rice and Her Path to Power." Shortly after the episode aired, Salon's Neil Drumming wrote, "More than simply a family motto, the sentiment is one with which almost every African-American of my generation and before is all too familiar. Notice the them and the they--that's white folks. The you is every black kid who has ever brought home a bad grade or failed to study hard enough for a test being told by their concerned parents that they might never succeed if they don't work harder and smarter than their white peers."
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  • Bellamy Young's audition script consisted of only two lines.
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