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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.

'Scandal' ratings fall to season low despite Lisa Kudrow


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.


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.

'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.)

'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 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


The 6th Annual EWwy Awards — in which readers on 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

'Scandal' books 'Private Practice' alum Paul Adelstein

Paul Adelstein is coming back to Shondaland!

EW has confirmed that the former Private Practice star has booked a recurring role on the third season of Shonda Rhimes’ hit drama Scandal, playing an as-of-now secret role. His episode is set to air in late October.

News of his casting, first reported by TVLine, comes on the heels of Lisa Kudrow’s recently announced role on the upcoming season. The former Friends star will reportedly play a politician.

Adelstein played pediatrician Cooper Freedman on Rhimes’ Grey’s Anatomy spin-off for six seasons until its conclusion in January and is also known for his role as Paul Kellerman on Fox’s Prison Break.

Scandal returns Oct. 3.

'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.

'Scandal' season 3 promo: The battle begins -- EXCLUSIVE

Gladiators rejoice!

Scandal‘s return is just around the corner and by the looks of it, all hell has broken loose in Washington. And rightly so.

At the end of last season, someone told the press that Olivia Pope had an affair with the president. True as it may be, this was never supposed to happen. And the fallout is huge.

In the exclusive promo below, which touts the Oct. 3 premiere, you can see exactly what we’re talking about. Tease: Mellie is pissed, Olivia is shocked and Cyrus wants to “start a kill folder on Olivia Pope.” Gulp. READ FULL STORY

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

'Web Therapy,' 'Who Do You Think You Are?': Dan Bucatinsky on 'Friends' reunion, Kelly Clarkson's roots

After scoring an Emmy nomination last Thursday for his guest-starring role on Scandal, Dan Bucatinsky has another big day ahead as two series he produced premiere tonight. Along with longtime producing partner Lisa Kudrow, Bucatinsky has overseen projects ranging from cult classic TV series The Comeback to the romantic comedy Picking Up and Dropping Off. He took a moment to talk with EW about the new seasons of the genealogical journey Who Do You Think You Are? as well as the improvised comedy Web Therapy. READ FULL STORY

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