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Scandal held its own against some big primetime competition last night. Last night’s live production of The Sound of Music Live! on NBC gave that network its since ER called it quits. While The Sound of Music Live! was NBC’s most-watched show since 2004 – Kerry Washington and her gladiators continued to add to their viewership, reaching a five-week high during last night’s disturbing but completely awesome episode. The hit political drama whizzed by Shonda’s other Thursday night show, Grey’s Anatomy, with a 29 percent lead, The Futon Critic reports.
As for Grey’s Anatomy, the series had a tough week pulling in only 7.48 million viewers while Scandal scored 8.6 million viewers coming in second only to The Big Bang Theory with 15.26 million viewers. For four consecutive telecasts, Scandal landed at No.2 as the TV series of the night behind Big Bang. Last night’s episode, YOLO, drew in seven percent more viewers.
“Thursday nigh[t's] ‘Scandal’ once again proved itself to be the most predictably unpredictable show on television…What would be considered utterly ludicrous on any other show is the norm on ‘Scandal,’ which is precisely what makes it so enjoyable. Such is the case with ‘YOLO,’ by any rational measure a highly dramatic hour of television that is really more about setting us up for the sure-to-be-epic craziness of next week’s “winter finale,” Meredith Blake says.
However, you should expect to see a shortage of Scandal’s “sure-to-be-epic craziness” — possibly due to Kerry Washington’s bun-in-the-oven. ABC will cutback this season’s series from 22 episodes to 18 episodes. A rep for the show wouldn’t comment on the reasons for the shortened season, but there are no plans to write a pregnancy into the show. (Washington hasn’t even confirmed that she’s pregnant!) “Clearly, there must be some mitigating factor that would force ABC’s to cut episodes as the Shonda Rhimes series is one of their most popular,” The Wrap says. “It routinely earns a 3 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and close to 9 million total viewers tuning in each week.”
Shonda Rhimes On Scandal’s Most Shocking Moments: ‘It Was A White Woman Bound On The Floor While A Man Of Color Was Standing Over Her’
It’s like each season of Scandal gets nuttier and nuttier. At this point, it seems that not even the most die-hard gladiators will be able to even come close to predicting what season four will bring. Scandal executive producer recently sat down with NY Mag’s Vulture to discuss the explosive season. Check out some of her interview highlights.
On Huck removing Quinn’s teeth:
“To me it felt the natural progression of Huck’s character. If Quinn’s gonna do these things, then Huck is gonna do what Huck does. I try not to make the characters bend to our will. If I’ve set up a world in which this is what Huck does, and this is the way Huck treats people who are traitors, and this is how Huck protects Olivia, then that’s what he’d have to do to Quinn as well.”
“I think of them as family! And it was very interesting, because I wrote that line for Huck, ‘I’ve never done this with somebody in the family, with somebody I love.’ I wrote it and I thought, in a weird way, that makes it feel special to him. If you go with Huck’s mindset, it makes it feel more intimate and more special and probably, oddly, more exciting if you think about who he is. For me, it’s a reminder that as much as we all love these people, they’re all still monsters. They’re all still monsters walking around in human skin.”
On not being afraid to make the characters do “bad” things:
“Everybody in the [writer's] room accepted it [Huck torturing Quinn] because we’re not watching the show. I feel like we’re fighting against the very traditional idea that we see these people and we identify with them and therefore they must be good. On our show, we see these people and we identify with them — that doesn’t mean they’re good by any stretch of the imagination. Sometimes you love Cyrus, and he is a monster. There are many people who think Liv should be with Fitz, and he’s an adulterer and a murderer. Huck likes to cut off people’s fingers and toes and abuse them with drills and somehow we’ve decided he’s the sweetest one of them all. So, there’s a very, I don’t want to say “basic,” but there’s a very simplistic moral world that people want these characters to exist in and they just don’t.”
On struggling with portraying a man torturing a woman:
“Well, what was interesting was, it felt fine. People were emotional about it at the table read because we’re a group of people who get that way. Everyone’s so close. Katie Lowes and Guillermo Diaz were very stressed out about having to play these scenes with one another. I made sure they had a rehearsal where they bound her up and did the whole thing. I asked her, “Do you feel comfortable? Do you feel like your chastity’s been maintained? Do you feel okay?” She was like, “I feel really good. Really safe. Really awesome.” But then I saw it, and it wasn’t until I saw it that I went… Quinn may have done lots of things, but suddenly it was a woman, bound on the floor — It was a white woman, bound on the floor, while a man of color is over her, pulling out her teeth, torturing her. The visual of that I had a really strong reaction to. Now, I often think that the things I have a strong reaction to are the things we should absolutely be doing, but I had a really hard time with it in the beginning.
On Mellie being raped by Fitz’s dad:
“Once again, it was about following the character backwards. I was sort of thinking, “Who is Mellie at heart? How did she get this way? How did she get from the sweet girl who married this man to the woman she is? What could have happened to her along the way? What are the small betrayals and the big betrayals that she would have had to suffer, and commit, to get where she is?” It felt like a very true moment if you think about everything Fitz has ever said about his father, everything that’s ever happened in their relationship, the idea that Mellie has these character traits that make her feel very protective but also determined to stay with him because of what she’s given up. It felt like true character to me, so it was really about that. And then, yeah, people got really, really upset; that was really interesting to me. I felt really confused and disturbed that people thought we were doing it to make people like Mellie.”
In other “Scandal” news, The Wrap is reporting that this season will be cut down from 22 episodes to 18. The reason? We assume it’s going to be too hard for Kerry to hide her little baby bump. Sadness.
The Scandal YOLO Episode. If I had to guess, YOLO is exactly what the writers say to each other before the come up with the next plot twist to have us sitting our couches mouths agape with shock and confusion. Let’s jump in and dissect those moments from last night.
Khandi Alexander Says “Scandal” Role Was So Secret, She Couldn’t Even Tell Her Man, And Explains Why She’s Team Mellie
What are we thinking of Khandi Alexander in the role of Olivia Pope’s mother so far? She hasn’t been in too many scenes, but so far she’s grilled Rowan for being a terrible father, bitten through her own wrist at the expense of our late night snacks, and managed to escape from her prison-like confinements. Next episode, things will come to a head as she finally gets to reunite with Olivia, and I’m sure it will have everybody talking–as always. It’s clear that getting the chance to play Maya Lewis has been a very good look for the seasoned actress, and while speaking on the opportunity to E!, Alexander said that when she got the role, she couldn’t tell her manager, her agent or her man (so they found out when we did) because it was that top secret. Here’s what she had to say about that, her disappointment in wearing jumpsuits instead of Chanel, and why she’s Team Mellie, even though she plays Olivia Pope’s mother.
Getting The Top Secret Role Of Maya Lewis:
“The executive producer, Mark Wilding, called me and offered me the part. And he said, ‘The only thing I can tell you is that you’re Mama Pope and you can’t tell anybody anything. Do you want it or don’t you? Is it a yes or a no?’ I said, ‘I’m in and I won’t say anything.’ And I didn’t tell anyone. I didn’t tell my agent, my manager, my boyfriend. I didn’t tell anybody and I didn’t know anything….They knew I was doing the show but they didn’t know anything about what I was playing.”
Her Thoughts On Fitz Shooting Down That Plane, Mellie, And Why She Loves Scott Foley:
“Actually, after the Mellie revelation [that Fitz's father raped her], that was more powerful to me than shooting down the plane, because now that I know her backstory and what she sacrificed… It’s like, she can’t be with him. And aside from that, I love Scott Foley. I have always loved Scott Foley. I mean excuse me if I had the choice, hello! I mean, what’s the problem here?! Either or! Absolutely I’d take Scott Foley. And Tony, I’d take that, too.”
What She Thinks Of Dressing In Prison Garb Instead Of Designer Threads Like Olivia:
“Oh, you have no idea. Not only do they tell me nothing about what I’m doing other than I’m going to be Mama Pope, but I worked with Lyn Paolo, the stylist, on ER for 12 years. We were so excited to work together again and I just couldn’t wait. I had visions of Chanel in my head! And I showed up and she said, ‘OK, so what size jumpsuit do you want?’ And I said, ‘Wait, what? Excuse me?’ Because I had no idea what I was doing. I said, ‘No one’s told me anything! Is it a 70′s flashback?’ She said, ‘Nope, you’re gonna be in grey. What size do you want? Do you want to eat in this jumpsuit? I can give you a large.’”
She’s hilarious! Loved her on CSI and Treme and I’m loving her on Scandal! What do you think will come of Mama Pope as the season goes on? Will she help take down Rowan? Will she be behind some really foul stuff? Can’t wait to find out!
Not only was last night’s episode emotionally draining and visually disturbing at times, it was also groundbreaking. Last night’s episode of “Vermont is For Lovers,” was the first time in television history where a black woman created, directed starred in the show. Big Ups to all parties involved. Ya’ll did dat. And now let’s jump into some of our favorite moments from last night’s episode.
Scandal is one of the most popular shows on prime time TV right now. So it’s no wonder that all of these hilarious spoofs keep popping up all over the place. I mean, who wouldn’t want to play dress up and pretend to be Olivia Pope for a few minutes? The latest spoof to surface on the web is another one by Queen Latifah. If you recall, last month Queen and Jennifer Hudson joined forces for a Scandal parody. But this time, the daytime TV host flew solo. According to the Queen Latifah Show Facebook page, she did it to prep for her upcoming interview with Kerry Washington, which is scheduled to air on Thursday.
“I’m getting ready for Kerry Washington with a little ‘Scandal.’ Peep this clip below and see the rest on Thursday’s #QLShow! ,” she wrote.
In video, which is humorously titled, “Office Scandal,” Queen struts down an office hallway donning Olivia’s infamous white trench coat, with an imitation Harrison and Abbey in tow.
“Get me the President. It’s a scandal,” Queen yells into the phone, making Olivia Pope’s hilarious googley eyes.
Catch Kerry Washington on the Queen Latifah Show this Thursday.
Watch “It’s An Office Scandal” on the next page.
What?! Mellie Grant Wasn’t Meant To Be A Recurring Character On ‘Scandal,’ Says Actress Bellamy Young
As a self-proclaimed gladiator and die-hard Scandal fan, it’s hard to envision what the show would be like without the show’s resident cut-throat, First Lady Mellie Grant. But during a recent interview with Wendy Williams, actress Bellamy Young revealed that Mellie was originally supposed to be written out of the political thriller’s script.
“I had two lines in the pilot! One of them was like, ‘Livvvvvvvv!’ Like literally, I had nothing to do, but I was so thankful to be there,” she giddily told Wendy.
The Broadway actress went on to say that she was really disappointed when she initially learned Mellie would only be around for a few episodes.
“The first table read I got dressed up, I was so happy and Shonda was kind of going around telling everyone what their arc would be, because we just did seven episodes that first season. And she got to me and said, ‘So you’re going to be here three episodes,’ and she’s continuing to talk and I’m trying to smile, but I’m dying inside. And I hear her say something about presidential divorce.”
Thankfully, the writers changed their minds!
“Bless them, they found Mellie to be a sort of fulcrum in the story and they started writing it and it’s been unbelievable! It’s my first time as a regular, I couldn’t be any luckier,” the 43-year-old North Carolina native gushed.
Since Bellamy seems way too bubbly to be anything like her manipulative character, Mellie, it’s no shock that she’s sometimes blown away by some of the crooked things that Scandal’s First Lady gets away with.
“There’s been a lot. I mean, when you induce a baby to manipulate a human, that’s kind of big. But I think for me, following through on the threat to give the interview about his (Fitz’s) affair was big. I mean, you just don’t do that. That’s something you just hold over someone’s head for twenty years. But Mellie is like a ride or die kind of girl.”
As for the fact that most of America is rooting for the mistress in the storyline, Bellamy says that this truly speaks to Shonda’s talent as a producer.
“I make of it, Shonda’s genius. She started this story, sort of in a pinhole. And you were just looking at their love and their relationship. And you’re like, ‘Oh God, yes, I feel that. I feel that. I want that for them,’ and then she slowly pulled back and you got the context. And you’re like, ‘Oh, oh, I’m pulling for adultery. Who does that make me? But her kind of storytelling, she lets the characters be so messy. It let’s you examine you, because you find out what you pull for and who you pull for,” said Bellamy.
Watch Bellamy’s interview on the next page. Thoughts?
Last night’s episode of “Scandal” was probably the most scandalous and emotionally draining episode of the night. When it was all over and done with I found myself just staring at the floor in shock. And surprisingly, even though last night’s episode took me through so many changes, it had very little to do with Olivia herself. But that didn’t keep it from being insanely good. Check out last night’s most jaw-dropping moments.
‘It’s All Wonderful, But I Try To Stick To The Work:’ Kerry Washington Shares How She Remains Humble
Kerry Washington is on top of the world right now. She has a hit primetime TV show, a booming acting career, a handsome new hubby and possibly, a new baby on the way. The 36-year-old is certainly Hollywood’s “it” girl—something that’s made evident by the overwhelming number of magazines she’s covered in the past year. During a recent appearance on the Ellen Degeneres Show, the blushing new bride laughed it up as Ellen spoofed her zillion and one magazine covers.
“I’ll go through it really fast, but you’re on the cover of every single magazine right now. It’s like a stack of magazines!” Ellen said going through a large pile of magazines with Kerry on the cover.
In true Ellen fashion, the first few magazines were real publications that Kerry has actually covered, but as she dug deeper into the pile, a few spoofed magazine covers were pulled out as well, including Knitting Week, Chess Masters and Pantsuit Monthly—which Kerry joked that she is the Editor-in-chief of— and Kale Quarterly. Despite all of the accolades she has received and the magazines that she has covered, the Bronx native seems to remain relatively humble. She revealed to Ellen that she does this by refusing to get caught up in her own hype.
“I put her [my mother] in charge of all of that [storing magazine's I've covered] because early on, I figured I might have a grandchild one day who wants to see this stuff, but I don’t want to live with this stuff in my house. So I send it all to my mother and she archives it. She gets to be proud of it. They put them in like plastic folders and things, so they’re good after there’s a meteor shower and people find them” the Scandal actress joked.
She adds that she tries not to get too caught up on neither the good or the bad things that are being said about her, that way she’s isn’t affected either way.
“I think if you focus on the good stuff, then when the bad stuff comes you have to take that to be true also. It’s all wonderful, but I just try to stick to the work. When you have jobs like ours, it’s easy to stick to the work.”
We certainly can’t blame you, Kerry! Folks will love you today and hate you tomorrow.
Watch a clip from her interview on the next page.
Well, since it looks Kerry Washington clearly isn’t going to confirm or deny that she and hubby Nnamdi Asomugha are expecting a child, everything we hear about it is going to be “alleged” and “according to sources.” But we definitely have a fun thing to report: Kerry Washington’s Favorite Pregnancy Snack.
While many pregnant women crave sweets or just more food in general, the very petite Kerry is trying to keep her “Girlish figure” by sticking with healthy snacks. Her favorite? A green smoothie.
I know, I know. What about the ice cream or the chips or just something a little more “rebellious?” Well, when you’re an A-list actress with a smoking hot television show, there’s no way Kerry Washington can just eat anything she wants.
People.com reports that Kerry specifically likes the Glowing Green Smoothie made by nutritionist Kimberly Snyder. It’s got all the healthy stuff you can think of: celery, leafy greens, apples, pears, bananas, etc. Kerry’s known for eating really “clean” and doesn’t stray too far from that so don’t expect to see pictures of her walking the streets with a double sized sundae.
So far, it looks like pregnancy agrees with her. Kerry’s face, if you’ve noticed, is starting to take a rounder shape and she looks like she’s absolutely glowing. I’m sure her “snacks” is really helping her.
What were your favorite pregnancy snacks?