Apr. 05, 2012
Returning Series
60 min.
ABC TV Network

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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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  • Judy Smith (VI), co-Executive Producer, represented Monica Lewinsky, the Chandra Levy family, Michael Vick, and BP after the Gulf oil spill as a real-life crisis management consultant.
  • Columbus Short was offered his role without an audition.
  • 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.
  • In just about every episode the title of the episode is spoken.
  • Gabrielle Union auditioned for the role of Olivia Pope.
  • Kerry Washington is only the second African-American actress to be the star of an American hour-long drama series since Teresa Graves in Get Christie Love The first was Jada Pinkett Smith in HawthoRNe.
  • President Fitzgerald Grant's favorite President is George Washington. Traditionally, each President hangs up a portrait of the President he most admires, his hero and favorite predecessor, in the Oval Office. Grant has a portrait of George Washington above the fireplace.
  • Bellamy Young's audition script consisted of only two lines.
  • Khandi Alexander was offered her role without an audition.
  • For her work on the show Ava DuVernay became the first black woman to direct a TV series starring a black woman that was created by a black woman on one of the Big Three Networks.
  • The third and sixth seasons were cut short to accommodate Kerry Washington's real life pregnancies.
  • Costume designer Lyn Paolo refused to borrow any designer clothes from fashion designers and insisted that each item worn by the characters be bought since the show frequently employs flashbacks and items are constantly reused.
  • Katie Lowes had worked as a babysitter to supplement her income in between guest spots on TV shows. When Shonda Rhimes made her a regular she told her she wouldn't have to babysit anymore.
  • At the table read for the pilot, Shonda Rhimes told Bellamy Young that her arc on the show would only consist of four to five episodes before Young's character would be written off.
  • Many guest stars, and even show regulars including Scott Foley, have appeared on Shonda Rhimes's other ABC hit show Grey's Anatomy
  • Two cast members (Scott Foley & Portia de Rossi) and one guest star (Elise Neal) have appeared in the Scream film series. Foley appeared in Scream 3 and both de Rossi & Neal appeared in Scream 2.
  • Abby (Darby Stanchfield) was Mary Mouser's (President Grant's daughter) mother in "NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service" (2003)
  • Jeff Perry, Bellamy Young, and Tony Goldwyn all guest starred on the same season (season 9) of Frasier.
  • SPOILER: Joshua Malina (the actor playing David Rosen) would read the script from the last page in fear of being killed off the show. Shonda Rhimes realized this and wrote a special two page script outlining David's death in great detail, to give him a little scare.
  • 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."
  • Taraji P. Henson auditioned for the role of Olivia Pope.
  • Bellamy Young and Joe Morton appeared together as an attorney and her client on the "The X Files" (1993) (Redrum, S08E06).
  • Olivia's full name is Olivia Carolyn Pope.
  • SPOILER: Darby Stanchfield (Abby) and Paul Adelstein (Leo), who play on-screen lovers, share the same birthday - April 29.
  • Because of very low ratings Dutch broadcaster Net5 stopped airing the series. The last new episode (3.07) aired on 2 March 2015, the remaining episodes were available each week on the channel's online video service KIJK.
  • Joe Morton and Bellamy Young worked together on "The X Files" (1993) (Redrum, season 8).
  • Is known as "The Fixer" in South Africa due to the fact that the title "Scandal" was already in current use for a local soap opera. Although the shows broadcast on different channels, the name change was deemed necessary to avoid confusion on the TV schedules.
  • Jeff Perry and his character's nemesis, Kate Burton played characters who were once married to each other (before getting a divorce) on Shonda's other show, Grey's Anatomy.
  • Olivia and her father claim to know a lot about wine, but they actually don't know how to hold a glass of wine.
  • While Shonda Rhimes has often been praised for the racial and gender diversity of her shows' casts, Scandal also provides diversity in its uncommon number of opportunities for both LGBT characters and actors. The show has gay characters being played by openly gay actors (for example, James Novak (played by Dan Bucatinsky)); gay characters played by straight actors (as in Cyrus Beene [played by Jeff Perry)); and - most unusually in an era in which gay actors' agents and managers still frequently advise them to stay in the closet or abandon any hope of being cast in straight roles - openly LGBT actors playing straight characters (such as Elizabeth North (Portia de Rossi) and ex-spouses Diego "Huck" and Kim Munoz (Guillermo Díaz and Jasika Nicole)).

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