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'Scandal' boss: Everyone is 'extraordinarily affected' by Olivia's disappearance

For the second time in a year, Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) has gone missing. Unfortunately, she’s not off sipping du Bellay on a deserted island this time around. In the closing moments of Scandal‘s winter finale, Olivia was kidnapped, likely by someone working for Vice President Andrew Nichols (Jon Tenney), who threatened POTUS (Tony Goldwyn) to go to war.

“There’s a lot at stake,” executive producer Shonda Rhimes tells EW. “I love the fact that Andrew says to the president at the end of that episode, ‘What is the one thing that you would do anything to get back? What is the one thing you can’t live without?’ The idea that she is the one thing, that’s going to be a big issue. We’re talking about war. It brings on a lot of complications for Fitz and a lot of complications for Jake [Scott Foley] as well. But not just for them, pretty much for everybody. Everybody is extraordinarily affected by this situation, even David Rosen [Josh Malina].”


'Scandal' scoop: Will Rowan return?

Warning: This story contains major spoilers from Thursday’s episode of Scandal. Read at your own risk!

Papa Pope can’t be killed! Scandal’s slippery head of B613 escaped certain death once again in the winter finale.


'Scandal' postmortem: What's next after the shocking disappearance?

Warning: This story contains major spoilers from Thursday’s midseason finale of Scandal.

During Scandal’s midseason finale, Olivia seemingly left D.C. once again—but this time, it wasn’t by choice.


'Scandal' scoop: Can Olivia, Fitz and Jake work together to take down Rowan?

Scandal fans have known all along that Rowan Pope (Joe Morton), the nefarious leader of B613, is not a good guy. Fortunately, Olivia (Kerry Washington), Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) and Jake (Scott Foley) are all now in the know, too.

After Rowan basically framed Jake for the murders of Harrison (Columbus Short) and POTUS’ son, Jerry (Dylan Minnette), Olivia set out to clear her boyfriend’s name, finally uncovering the truth that her father was the mastermind behind it all. Why’d he do it? To ensure Fitz would stay in the White House for another four years and allow Rowan to his job back as the head of the country’s shady black ops organization.


'Scandal' star Darby Stanchfield on Abby's abusive past

Four seasons into Scandal and Abby Whelan (Darby Stanchfield) is still somewhat of a mystery. Viewers have slowly learned that Olivia’s (Kerry Washington) right-hand woman was previously in an arranged political marriage, in which her husband, Charles Putney (Michael Trucco), physically beat her until Olivia freed her from her wedded nightmare.


Does anyone on 'Scandal' deserve a happy ending?

There are few people on Scandal who actually wear the White Hat. The main characters of the ABC political fixer drama are a hodgepodge of murderers and cheaters. Hell, even POTUS (Tony Goldwyn) is a killer. And Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) has progressively found it harder and harder to stand in the sun as the seasons go on. So, when all is said and done, what does that mean for the end of the show: Can any of these characters actually get a happy ending?


'Scandal' wants to shoot in D.C., councilman says

A Washington, D.C., councilmember says he’s in touch with a producer for the ABC TV drama Scandal who’d like to bring the show to the city to shoot scenes in August.

Councilman Vincent Orange says the Scandal shoot would be dependent on continued funding of the city’s film incentive program. Scandal is set in Washington but shoots in Los Angeles. READ FULL STORY

Kerry Washington's 'SNL' doesn't erase show's 'problematic history with race and gender,' Color of Change says

With Kerry Washington as host of Saturday Night Live over the weekend, the criticism about the show’s lack of diversity — particularly the fact that the program currently employs zero African-American women — was on full display, and the show acknowledged the problem in the opening sketch, having Washington forced to play Michelle Obama, Oprah, and — from offstage — even Beyoncé waiting in the wings.

A message then played over the sketch, saying, “The producers of Saturday Night Live would like to apologize to Kerry Washington for the number of black women she will be asked to play tonight…Ms. Washington is an actress of considerable range and talent and also because SNL does not currently have a black woman in the cast. As for the latter reason, we agree this is not an ideal situation and look forward to rectifying it in the near future…unless, of course, we fall in love with another white guy first.” The message? Saturday Night Live (hopefully) got that there’s a problem here.

Today, the civil-rights organization Color of Change, which previously wrote an open letter to Lorne Michaels about the lack of black women on the program, released the following statement to EW about how they thought the show addressed the controversy.

Kerry Washington to host 'Saturday Night Live'

Think SNL has diversity problems? Never fear! Next month, the sketch show will welcome a fixer who’s sure to set things on the right track: Scandal‘s cool, collected, white-hat-wearing Olivia Pope, a.k.a. Emmy-nominated actress Kerry Washington.

NBC announced today that Washington will host the sketch show for the first time on Nov. 2. She’ll be joined by SNL musical vet Eminem, who will be making his sixth appearance on the show. The rapper’s next album, MMLP2, drops Nov. 5.

The week before Washington arrives, SNL will welcome another virgin headliner: Edward Norton. Though Norton has never hosted the show before, the actor has made a few cameo appearances over the years — most recently in 2003. Norton’s musical guest will be fellow SNL first-timer Janelle Monáe, whose second studio album The Electric Lady dropped Sept. 10.

'Scandal': Watch a steamy deleted scene between Fitz and Olivia -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO


If it’s been too long since you’ve seen a hot kiss between Scandal‘s Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) and Olivia (Kerry Washington), you’re welcome: We’ve got exclusive video of a deleted scene that includes one from the extras on the season 2 DVD, which is out today. You might recall the election night lip-lock from the montage played in the explosive episode “Nobody Likes Babies,” when, SPOILER ALERT, dying Verna (Debra Mooney) explained to Olivia why she’d hired an assassin to shoot Fitz.

The clip is an example of why Scandal, in some fans’ eyes, has finally earned Goldwyn a pardon for what his character did to Patrick Swayze’s in 1990’s Ghost. “I’ve gotten so many tweets about that, saying, ‘Finally, I’ve forgiven you for killing Sam Wheat.’ So I’m grateful, after 20 years,” Goldwyn says, laughing. “I was surprised that there were so many people who had yet to forgive me, because I’d forgiven myself a long time ago.” But the episode itself is one that shows why loving Fitz is … let’s call it “complicated”: This is also the hour in which our fictional president both killed Verna by removing her oxygen mask after she told him his election had been rigged and that she was going to come clean about it before she died, and, after learning Olivia’s involvement, delivered this cold line: “Don’t wait for me. I don’t know what I was thinking: Screwing your mistress is one thing, but marrying her? That’s political suicide, really. I mean, you believe that my presidency is more important than anything else, right? You must. You worked so hard to get me here.” Below, Goldwyn talks about those bombshells and looks ahead to season 3.

Kerry Washington on how she stays grounded amid 'Scandal' craze

Kerry Washington is one of the most fascinating stars to bubble to the surface of Hollywood in recent years.

Though best known for her work in movies, in April 2012, the actress began a relationship with TV viewers thanks to Scandal — the addictive, twist-filled drama from Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes, which will enter its third season this fall. And earlier this year she found herself in a Hollywood perfect storm — she had a hit network TV show and was hard at work promoting Quentin Tarantino’s Oscar-nominated Django Unchained, in which she played wife to Jamie Foxx, together the nucleus of the movie’s love story.

Washington will be the first to call herself lucky, but she also has her success in perspective. For example, when asked of her best career decision in recent years, she doesn’t point to anything professional, instead saying a clear mind is what guides her. READ FULL STORY

'Scandal' will air reruns on BET

Gladiators, it’s time to recruit your friends: Despite only 29 episodes of the show complete so far, buzzy drama Scandal will begin airing in repeats on BET, the network confirmed to EW.

BET will air two 14-hour marathons from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on August 10 and August 17. Starting Wednesday, August 21, the series will air two episodes at a time on Wednesdays from 9-11 p.m. The Hollywood Reporter first announced the news.

The show, which will return to ABC for its third season Thursday, October 3, was nominated for an Emmy on Thursday for lead actress Kerry Washington and guest actor Dan Bucatinsky.

Emmys: Kerry Washington on her nomination, today's 'Scandal' table read

ABC’s Scandal scored two Emmy nominations this morning, one for lead actress Kerry Washington, who stars as fixer/on-again-off-again presidential mistress Olivia Pope, and one for guest actor Dan Bucatinsky, who recurs as Cyrus Beene’s husband, TV journalist James Novack. Before Washington heads to the drama’s first season 3 table read this afternoon, she phoned EW for a quick chat.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How did you find out about your nomination? From Twitter, it sounds like you were flying this morning.
Kerry Washington: I was getting on a plane to fly back to LA from northern California. I was at the airport, and it was that wonderful thing — you know how you’re always a little preoccupied at the airport? You’re trying to get the right food to take on the flight with you. I had my dog with me, and I had to walk her, and go through security. [Laughs] My hands were full, and it was really nice to be so distracted. And then my phone rang and I saw that it was my publicist/friend Michelle, and I was like, Oh, oh, yeah. Whoa. I wonder what she’s calling to say.


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