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'Scandal': Season 3 order trimmed by four episodes

There’s going to be a little less Scandal for fans to enjoy in its third season.

EW has confirmed that ABC has trimmed the episode order for its hit drama by four episodes, bringing the order to 18. While such a move would usually be a bad sign, Scandal fans can rest easy: Ratings for the show have never been better — last night’s original, for example, scored 8.6 million viewers and a 3.1 in the demo.

While ABC declined to give a reason for the trimming, the decision comes a little more than a month after its star, Kerry Washington, announced her pregnancy.

Scandal‘s mid-season finale airs next week and the show returns Feb. 27.

'Scandal' sneak peek: the team meets Olivia's mom...and secrets come out -- EXCLUSIVE

In the last scene of the most recent episode of Scandal, Olivia Pope came face-to-face with her thought-to-be-dead mother for the first time in years. And if the scene left you with your jaw on the floor, just wait till you see this week’s new episode.

The exclusive sneak peek below gives you an idea of what’s in store. For one, Team OPA will meet Olivia’s mom in this hour, and as you’ll see, things don’t go smoothly. But also, Mama Pope is silent no more, and secrets are coming out. READ FULL STORY

'Scandal' star Katie Lowes previews Quinn's dark road: 'This is not good'

Last week’s episode of Scandal ended on a note that Katie Lowes did not see coming. In the final minutes of the episode, amid a minefield of OMG moments, Charlie walked up to Quinn in an alley and said after being caught on a surveillance camera killing a guard, she was now under the control of B613. Or, in fewer words: “Welcome to Wonderland.”

What’s in store for Quinn now? Lowes fills us in below.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: First of all, I have to start with the Charlie-Quinn of it all. Do you think Charlie’s first kiss was manipulation? Or real feelings?
KATIE LOWES: I think that it is a total manipulation — at first. I really do. I think he knows that it’s a weak spot for her; I think he knows she hasn’t had any type of personal life in a long time. Rowan and Charlie, as characters, I think they kind of know everything that is going on at Olivia Pope and Associates. I think they’ve done their research on Quinn, and they know it’s a weakness for her. So I think it’s a manipulation at first. But I do think that the car scene we saw last week — where they are sitting there on this weird, awkward date stalking this security guard — I saw in George Newbern’s performance a little bit of conflict.  We were asking the director a lot of questions while filming, ‘How does he feel about her?’ I think these are two people who have some similarities there. Maybe in a different world, on a different planet, maybe there could be something other than that, but at the moment ,it’s all about the higher powers that be and getting the job done. READ FULL STORY

'Gone Girl' actress, 'Supernatural' fave land guest spots on 'The Crazy Ones'

Missi Pyle and Kurt Fuller are the latest stars who are going to drop by Lewis, Roberts & Roberts.

EW has learned that Pyle, who will play a Nancy Grace-type reporter in the upcoming movie adaptation of Gone Girl, is set to appear on The Crazy Ones as Melora Evans, the daughter of an old colleague of Simon’s (Robin Williams). Fuller, known for his guest spots on Supernatural and Psych, will play a character named Mitchell Payson, a straitlaced executive who is looking to hire the ad firm.

There is currently no date for this episode, but it is set to air sometime this winter. Meanwhile, The Crazy Ones continues to be a strong freshman performer for CBS, which recently gave the show a full-season order.

'Scandal' sneak peek: Paul Adelstein's role revealed...and it's juicy! -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Scandal has been keeping a tight lid on the details surrounding the upcoming new character played by Private Practice alum Paul Adelstein, but in this exclusive clip from Thursday’s new episode, that cat is out of the bag.

He’s playing Leo Bergen, a man Cyrus and Mellie want to enlist to help lead President Grant’s re-election campaign. The problem? Leo doesn’t seem keen on leading the Fitz Train for a number of reasons.

Watch Leo, a character who is set to recur, break it down with a heap of truth bombs in the sneak peek below. Then count with me the number of ways Mellie will probably rip this man to shreds for calling her a shrew.
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ABC employee cleared in 'Scandal' Twitter investigation

ABC has cleared an employee of any wrongdoing following an investigation into allegations that the employee ran a Scandal fan Twitter account and blog without disclosing her affiliation.

Yesterday, The Wrap accused ABC’s New York-based director of sales Courtney Pajor of running the fan account @Scandal411 and associated blog, but the network said Friday they have determined the publication’s claims to be false.
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'Scandal' ratings fall to season low despite Lisa Kudrow

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ABC’s Scandal fell to its lowest rating so far this season on Thursday night despite a visit from Lisa Kudrow, who started a multi-episode arc on the show this week.

Scandal had 8.6 million viewers and a 3.0 rating in the adult demo, down 9 percent from last week. Granted, there was that whole World Series thing happening on Fox. But from looking at the ratings chart, Scandal‘s slippage wasn’t necessarily inevitable. The show’s Grey’s Anatomy lead-in was up 4 percent this week, and neither of Scandal‘s 10 p.m. rivals went down. In fact, CBS’ Elementary was up 20 percent.

Still, ABC points out that Scandal is up 50 percent compared to how the show performance against the World Series last year, and still ranked third for the night in the demo, behind the big game and CBS’ The Big Bang Theory.

An interesting ratings rise last night: CBS’ Two and a Half Men, which despite its scarily indefatigable reputation, has been showing some serious signs of weakness lately. For its 11th season, Two and a Half Men has demonstrated some worrisome ratings drops, so it was perhaps due for a ratings uptick. Still, the World Series is tough competition, and its audience is presumably pretty compatible with Men fans, so give credit where its due — Men was up 10 percent this week.

Speaking of ratings erosion, Elementary has really seen better days. Sure it went up last night, but the Sherlock Holmes drama has quietly slipped below a 2.0 during its sophomore season, while our attention has been diverted by more colorful ratings fireworks on Thursday nights in recent weeks.

Here’s what else: Once Upon a Time in Wonderland dropped 8 percent. On CBS, Big Bang, Millers and Crazy Ones were all down between 4 and 13 percent to season lows. NBC’s lineup was flat. The CW’s Vampire Diaries slipped and Reign, oh Reign, went down 25 percent from its premiere. Fox’s World Series numbers are approximate.

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ABC investigating accusations that employee ran well-known 'Scandal' fan Twitter account

ABC is investigating accusations that a network employee is the person behind a popular, sometimes-polarizing Scandal fan Twitter account and blog.

“We are currently investigating the matter and will take swift and appropriate action when the investigation is complete.  ABC neither accepts nor condones this type of behavior,” the network said in a statement.
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'Scandal': The Gladiators dish on premiere, what's to come in season 3

Have you picked your jaws up off the floor yet, Gladiators? If so, well done. Indeed, it was probably a fairly Herculean task considering all the mind-blowing revelations in Scandal‘s twisty season 3 premiere. Though several one-on-one scenes took Liv away from her trusted Gladiators for much of the opener, you can be sure this thick-as-thieves crew will be facing the onslaught together in weeks to come. EW talked with three of Liv’s fixers — Katie Lowes, Guillermo Díaz, and Darby Stanchfield — about their reactions to the premiere (yes, even they were surprised by some things!) and what’s to come for Pope & Associates this year. (SPOILER ALERT! If you haven’t seen the premiere, do not click through.)
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'NCIS,' 'The Mentalist,' 'Hawaii Five-0,' 'Castle': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

Happy end of the week, roomies! This week’s spoiler helping is jam-packed, so grab a drink, grab a snack, then dive in. I think we’ll have a lot to discuss in the comments.

You can also send me your thoughts/questions personally by writing to spoilerroom@ew.com. If you’re favorite show isn’t represented here, drop me a note. I’ll be happy to look into it for you. (Also, I’m on-call this weekend. Send mail to help entertain me while I’m stuck by my computer, please. Thanks.)

P.S. – Holy hot Spoiler Room collage, Batman! I can’t be the only one who had this thought… READ FULL STORY

'Scandal' season premiere sneak peek: Olivia and Fitz plan the next step...with [spoiler]! -- VIDEO

Olivia Pope is in Handle It mode.

At least, that seems to be this case in this new clip from Scandal‘s season premiere, which was released on a limited basis today. (Limited meaning we’re one of a lucky few to be able to share it with you!)

In the sneak peek, Fitz and Olivia meet up in a highly classified location in order to plan out their next move now that her name has been leaked to the press. (It should be noted, though, that Fitz is not pleased with HOW Olivia got some one-on-one time with him.) But they can’t do it alone. So who do they call in to help? The answer will surprise you.

Watch below and, as if you needed a reminder, make sure you catch the season premiere of Scandal Oct. 3 at 10p.m. on ABC. READ FULL STORY

On the scene at the Creative Arts Emmys: Sprinting to the stage and memorable first wins

TV fans are eagerly awaiting next weekend’s Emmy Awards, but on Sunday evening, the celebration of the year’s best television kicked off with the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards. It’s a ceremony that primarily honors behind-the-scenes work in TV but also packs in some categories like Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, which became the show’s buzziest award when it went to comedy legend Bob Newhart — his first Emmy win.

The jokes coming from presenters at the Creative Arts Emmys mostly poked fun at the ceremony’s long running time, nearly four hours of almost 90 awards (an edited-down telecast will air on FXX this Saturday), and the behind-the-scenes folks vs. stars dichotomy. “Tonight we honor all the people in television contractually forbidden to make eye-contact with me,” first presenter Joel McHale joked.

It’s a night when the less magazine-covering, less spray-tan-prone of the TV world get to dress up and be recognized for their often-under-the-radar work.

MythBusters co-host Kari Byron told EW before the show, held at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre, “This is the one day a year that we take off the clothes that we worry about whether they’re flammable or not and put on the fancy duds, walk the carpet and be part of this amazing celebration of the creative arts.” READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Stars from 'New Girl,' 'Orphan Black,' 'Scandal,' 'Fringe,' 'Parks and Recreation' call in to thank fans

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The 6th Annual EWwy Awards — in which readers on EW.com vote for the most egregious Emmy snubs in the 10 key categories — got the royal treatment this year. We announced the winners live on Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) and we had some very special guests to help us with the festivities. That’s right, several of the winners called into the show to formally accept their awards, thank the fans who voted for them, and slip a few spoilers about upcoming plotlines on their shows. The call-in sheet reads like a primetime all-star lineup. Joining the show were:

Amy Poehler (with Adam Scott in the background) (Best Comedy Series, Parks & Recreation)

Zooey Deschanel (Best Actress in a Comedy, New Girl)

Jake Johnson (Best Actor in a Comedy, New Girl)

Showrunners John Fawcett and Graeme Manson (Best Drama, Orphan Black)

Tatiana Maslany (Best Actress in a Drama, Orphan Black)

Tony Goldwyn (Best Actor in a Drama, Scandal)

John Noble (Best Supporting Actor in a Drama, Fringe) READ FULL STORY

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