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'Scandal' Will Be One Big Shonda Rhimes Reunion Show

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 26th 2011 4:00PM
Scandal, Kerry WashingtonAOL TV has learned that Shonda Rhimes' newest ABC series, 'Scandal,' will share a lot more than a creator in common with the network's medical soaps 'Grey's Anatomy' and 'Private Practice.'

Many of the guest stars booked to appear in the first season of 'Scandal,' which is scheduled to debut in early 2012, have also roamed the halls of Seattle Grace. Kate Burton and Jeff Perry, otherwise known as Ellis and Thatcher Grey, will both play Washington D.C. higher-ups in the new series, which stars Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, a PR crisis management consultant who specializes in ushering politicians and other celebs through very public scandals.

Burton will recur as the Vice President starting in episode 5, while Perry plays the White House Chief of Staff. JoBeth Williams, who played Addison's mom on 'Private Practice,' will appear as a major client during the series' third episode.

The season's main storyline will revolve around a presidential aide played by Liza Weil -- wife of 'Private Practice' regular Paul Adelstein -- who resigns after her affair with the Commander in Chief comes to an end, which is when the president's close personal friend Olivia steps in to fix things before a scandal breaks.

Another fun, Rhimes-related fact: Tony Goldwyn, who plays the president, has directed episodes of both 'Private Practice' and 'Grey's Anatomy.'

'Scandal' also stars Henry Ian Cusick, Columbus Short, Guillermo Diaz, Darby Stanchfield and Katie Lowes as members of Olivia Pope's crack team of fixers.

Other recurring guest stars during Season 1 include Joshua Malina, who plays the D.A., Bellamy Young as the First Lady and Brendan Hines ('Lie to Me'), who plays a journalist investigating the sex scandal story.

Tell us: Are you excited for 'Scandal'?

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I like the chemistry between Olivia and the President......concept is interesting , but there are too many characters in this show.....most of whom don't look like they belong on the show. One of the guys looks like he needs a nap and the woman who had an affair with the President....is uninteresting in every way. Focus more on lead character and less on the sidekicks.

April 30 2012 at 6:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lewis J Kincade

Scandal not as good as advertised. Did the lead character, Ms Crisis Manager, the fixer of all problems, HAVE to be in an affair in the first show? With the President? In the Oval Office?
I thought it was a cheap stunt.

April 18 2012 at 6:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Modest Complexity

This show looks really good, can't wait to see the first episode. I love every show Shonda Rhimes has been part of, so I bet this will be awesome, too. Also thought it was great that they used "The Bomb" by Pigeon John in the promo ads, hope to hear it again in the actual show. (you can watch the promo at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4niJK2Tutk )

March 06 2012 at 7:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I can't wait for this series to begin. Shonda Rhimes is a great writer and a very intelligent woman to say the least. It is always refreshing to see a woman dominating in the creative world of entertainment. I wish her much continued success in all her endeavors.

January 01 2012 at 11:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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