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“Harrison Has Met His End”: Shonda Rhimes Drops Spoilers About Season 4 Of “Scandal,” Including Premiere Date

July 16th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Season three of Scandal left me scratching my head, but as always, anxious for season four: Olivia left her Gladiators behind to fly off to Lord knows where with Jake, now free from B-613; Fitz and Mellie are trying to keep it together after her rape came out and the shocking loss of their son; After tongue swapping with Quinn, she leads Huck back to his family; and Papa Pope has duped everyone and is now back on top as head of B-613, capping that all off by putting Maya back in jail and a bullet in Harrison’s head. Talk about drama!

If you’re super ready for the fourth season, according to BuzzFeed, the show will premiere on September 25 at 9 p.m. (not its usual 10 p.m. slot). The show will lead into Shonda Rhimes’ new program, How To Get Away With Murder, which of course stars Viola Davis. And Scandal will return to its max of 22 episodes after only airing 18 last season to accommodate Kerry Washington’s pregnancy.

So what can we expect from season four after all those cliffhangers? TV Guide chatted with Rhimes about picking up where she left off:

If There Will Be A Time Jump:

When we leave, she’s on a plane headed to God knows where. When we come back into the season, we find ourselves in a surprising place both time-wise and location-wise.

What’s Going To Happen With The Love Triangle Of Olivia, Fitz And Jake:

I always think about the finale when she says to him very clearly, “I am in love with another man.” And he says, “Let’s go anyway.” He goes off with her knowing full well that she’s very clear about her feelings for somebody else. So, whatever that relationship is, as fun or romantic or happy as that will be, she’s very clearly in love with another man. I don’t know what that holds for them. They have to face whatever that’s going to mean.

What’s Next For Mellie And Fitz:

It’s interesting because we’re not just dealing with what happened to Mellie. You have to remember that everything that happens now takes place [after] the death of their child. [Fitz has] the knowledge that, as far as he knows, Olivia’s mother was responsible for the death of their child, and that basically, in a weird way, he is at fault for the death of their child. If he had not been involved with Olivia, none of that would’ve happened. Post the death of the child, he has some care-taking to do. He feels a responsibility to take care of [Mellie]. Whether or not he loves her, whether or not that relationship is viable isn’t really a factor right now. He’s got responsibilities to take care of.

What’s Next For Huck And His Family:

Our first thought about Huck knocking [on his wife's] door and what became of Huck knocking on that door when we really played it out in our minds is very, very different. It’s very heartbreaking. When we come back at the beginning of the season, everybody is in a place that you don’t expect. Nothing is what you think it could possibly have turned out to be. There’s a real sense of, “How did everybody get here?!

What’s Next For The Abandoned Gladiators:

One of the things that we did specifically when we created the show is slowly deploy people’s stories. It was purposeful. Season 4 is Abby’s season. That was by design. A lot of what we know about Abby happens this season. A lot of what we discover about her and see about her back story will happen as we tell Abby’s story.

What’s Next For Harrison:

It’s safe to assume that Harrison has met his end.

What are your hopes for season four? I’m personally hoping that now that the bloody re-election campaign is over, Olivia will return to her Gladiators and her cases and maybe even meet a new man. But I won’t hold my breath. Someone else who doesn’t know what to expect is Kerry Washington, but she recently told USA Today that she’s embracing the unknown.

“We don’t have a script yet, I don’t even know if that plane is going to Turks and Caicos or maybe it had engine trouble and is right back in D.C. I don’t know where she’s going. It’s pretty crazy. You can’t thrive with this material unless you’re willing to embrace the unknown. I’m type A, hyper prepared – it challenges me to surrender to these writers.”

Check out the rest of the new season spoilers in the interview with TV Guide, including what’s next for Papa (Rowan) Pope and share your thoughts.

“Women, Please Stop Swinging On These Men!”: Columbus Short Says He Never Abused His Wife, It’s The Other Way Around

July 15th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Columbus Short Repeatedly Violated Restraining Order, Says Wife

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We told you last week that Columbus Short did his first full interview about the drama going on in his life with Access Hollywood, and it was a very interesting chat (some accused Short of being ‘on something’ because of his demeanor). He opened up about having a problem with binge drinking, but says that as far as being abusive to his wife, Tanee, he doesn’t have a problem with that.

“Me and my wife, we’re going through problems. Serious, serious problems. However, the domestic part of it… I’m not a physically violent man…. I’ve never put my hands on a woman, physically, ever, and would not. I was raised by women.”

In a new interview with the Ryan Cameron Morning Show for V-103, Short does say that in the heat of arguments, his wife would become violent–not him. He also spoke about the night he knocked out Felton Hyche III, the man (and uncle of his nephew) who got a little too comfortable with his wife at a bar in LA, if he would return to Scandal, and his bad temper. This time, he kept it all the way real. 

The Drama With His Wife:

“There was a lot of personal stuff going on in the house. The games that were played, and my personal life, ended up being costly and it’s unfortunate. These allegations of me being an abuser? I’ve never put my hands on a woman in my entire life. So it was hard to just sit back and be quiet, but what do you say? It’s like, if you’re accused of rape, no matter what, you’re accused of rape. So sponsorships backs off, ABC backed away. There was a barrage of stories and ABC was trying to hold on as long as they could, but it was like, this is getting bad.”

The Tipping Point:

“There was an article or something that came out that said that I ransacked my house, which is funny because I was in Arizona. So I wake up on Easter in Arizona, I have a house there, and I look on TMZ saying I ransacked my house. This stuff is crazy. So the anxiety got real, the depression was real. So I decided, I don’t go online. I don’t look at it.  If you look at the good, you have to look at the bad, so people would stop telling me. They’d be like, ‘Does he know about that?’ There were so many stories, and it’s just stories. I’ll be honest with you, I’m a hot-headed individual just by nature, especially with men. I’ll never put my hands on a woman. With men, they’ll test you. Where I come from, that’s how I had to defend myself. I’m a chill dude but I don’t play no games. That’s all it is. I don’t play no games.”

If He Blows Up About Little Things:

“I used to, especially in my younger years. Absolutely. I think that’s what attracted me to the role of Little Walter [Cadillac Records] because I got to get that out. But on the real, I’m a chill dude. But this is the thing that I’m realizing about people: You’re cool until you don’t do what they want you to do. I don’t play those games no more.”

That Infamous Bar Fight:

“I had to defend my wife at a bar. This man was being highly disrespectful, slapping her in the face with $20 bills and doing too much. It got to that point where I had to defend myself. It’s crazy man. Yeah, he was knocked out. He was kind of drunk and I was sober so I had my patience about me for about 45 minutes…until he put his arms around me, tried to drag me outside, tried to big boss me and then took his jersey off and came at me. I had to end it. That’s it.

He was slapping my wife in the face, talking about, ‘I don’t make as much money as your man, but I got b***hes who do stuff for me.’ He was on that tip and it was really uncomfortable and people were getting uncomfortable. It started at ‘Aye bruh’ and ended at…it was out of control that night.”

Being Painted As The Bad Guy:

“See, what’s happened in the media is that the media has created this doppleganger of Columbus Short that’s not real. I’ve gotten my wits about me and I think I can handle this thing. It’s BS. I’m not going to let people just think the worst. I”m not perfect either, and I’ve made a lot of mistakes. I let myself down. You gotta remember that this is not just hurting me, it’s hurt my kids. It’s hurting my family. It’s hurt Scandal family. It’s hurt people at ABC. It’s hurt a lot of people. But I believe that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me and I believe it’s redemption time. We comin’ back.”

His Response To Being Accused Of Abusing His Wife, And His Accusations That She Abused Him:

“I was raised by women, literally all women. That’s not even in my DNA. I know there’s some men out here that know the situation…Women, please stop swinging on these men! Stop hitting these men because they can’t hit you back. Some dudes are like, ‘Shake a person.’ I don’t even believe in that. If you’re going to shake ‘em you might as well hit ‘em. We’re stronger vessels. If I had hit my wife, she would not have been talking about it. Where are the pictures? We want pictures!”

If He Would Return To Scandal If Shonda Asked Him To Come Back:

“In a New York minute.”

People Petitioning Shonda Rhimes On Twitter To Bring His Character Back

“That’s just going to make Shonda mad: ‘The more they tweet me, he’ll never be back! Muahahaha! [laughs]‘ I just imagine Shonda in her castle looking at her tweets like, ‘Keep tweeting slaves! Keep tweeting! He’ll never be back! He’ll never return [laughs hysterically]!’ Kerry’s the most politically correct human being on earth. Never says anything wrong. I’m like the complete opposite. I’m like the little brother who would say what she wishes she could say…but that gets you in trouble.”

Ratings, Social Media Tell An Interesting Story About The 2014 Emmy Nominations

July 10th, 2014 - By Tanvier Peart
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"Orange Is the New Black pf"Coming soon to your television is the 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards. Scheduled to air Monday, August 25 on NBC, there are tons of shows that earned multiple nominations — and ones we thought would do well but didn’t. Here’s a rundown of who’s on top, surprising nominees and the folks who got snubbed.

Did your favorite show or actor make the cut?

You Gone Learn Today! Celebrities Fired For Foolishness

July 4th, 2014 - By Meg Butler
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You’re never too famous to get fired.

Celebrities Fired

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Ice-T

In 2012, Coco’s sex scandal broke and we all learned that “Ice Loves Coco” but she might love someone else.

So E! cancelled Ice T’s filming contract along with Coco’s now that the couples’ TV show no longer had a “wholesome wife.”

The Limited Is Launching A Clothing Line Based On Olivia Pope’s ‘Scandal’ Style

June 25th, 2014 - By Tonya Garcia
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All of you ladies that look at Olivia Pope’s outfits every week and think to yourself,” Oohh, wouldn’t I love a jacket like that,” today is your day. The Limited has announced a Scandal-inspired line of clothing that won’t break your bank account into a million pieces.

Many of the fashions that Kerry Washington is rocking in-character are from some pricey labels. Normally, her clothes come from design labels like Burberry and Michael Kors. And Saks Fifth Avenue has designed its windows based on fashions from the show, so Kerry and the crew are definitely a high-end crowd.

But The Limited is offering an affordable alternative that will be designed in part by the popular show’s costume designer Lyn Paolo and The Limited’s design head Elliot Staples. According to WWDWashington was also in touch via Skype, email, FedEx, in person and any other way possible to have a hand in the design process.

The line will also make an appearance on the show along with other promotions through social media and possibly commercials. WWD says The Limited is also in talks with ABC, so we could see some bigger campaign or promotions on the way.

Items will range in price from $49 to $248. There will be 42 different pieces to choose from, and you’ll be able to purchase the clothing from 250 The Limited stores located in malls around the country and on the company’s website. The line will arrive in September.

Are you already practicing the Olivia Pope strut to go with your hot new power pants?

Columbus Short Laughs Off Questions About Domestic Violence Hearing With O.J. Simpson Joke

June 10th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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So it looks like Columbus Short was serious about delving into the world of stand-up comedy and apparently, he’s taking the Kevin-Hart-laugh-at-my-pain route. TMZ caught up with the troubled actor the day before he was scheduled to appear in court for a hearing regarding those domestic violence charges.  When asked by the cameraman about his expectations for the hearing, he dropped an O.J. Simpson joke…

“If the glove don’t fit, they must acquit! That’s all I got.”

Probably not the best time to make a joke like that, but okay. He didn’t have much to say about how the infamous O.J. Simpson trial transformed media involvement in criminal investigations involving celebrities, but he did discuss the hearing a little bit more.

“I just know that tomorrow we’ll go in there, we’ll knock it out and go back to work.

Switching gears, Columbus also discussed the possibility of returning to “Scandal” if he’s proven innocent in upcoming court proceedings.

“I mean, tomorrow’s never promised. Anything can happen. That’s my family, forever and always.”

The hearing took place on Monday. So far, there has been no word on what became of it. But we will continue to keep you posted as new details emerge.

Watch Columbus’ interview below. Are you interested in seeing him return to “Scandal” at this point or are you already over him being let go?

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Our Favorite Interracial TV Couples

June 6th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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Moguldom Films’ documentary, “The Swirl,” which looks at interracial relationships in America is now available for purchase on iTunes, Google Play, and VHX.

Since the U.S. Census Bureau has been keeping record, interracial marriages have been on the rise. While there are more than 2.4 million mixed marriages in the U.S., Hollywood has been a bit slow in keeping up with times and portraying more interracial couples, but low and behold we’ve managed to find a few favorites over the years. Take a look.

Interracial TV Couples

“I Love Lucy’s” Ricky and Lucy Ricardo

Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz were one of, if not the first, interracial couple on television. Debuting in 1951, “ I Love Lucy” made groundbreaking history when it aired with the real-life husband and wife stars. The show followed the antics played out by comedian Lucille Ball while her husband looked helplessly on. The show lasted for six seasons and more than 60 years later, “I Love Lucy” remains popular with over 40 million Americans still tuning in.

Columbus Short Jokes About Being Fired From ‘Scandal:’ “Started From The Bottom, Now We’re Back At The Bottom”

May 29th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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From the outside looking in, it appears that Columbus Short is experiencing one of the worst years of his life. He lost his job and his wife all in a matter of months—not to mention all of his legal issues. Yet somehow, the troubled actor is still able to smile, laugh and joke around. TMZ cameras recently caught up with him as he made his way out of Flappers Comedy Club in Burbank and he had quite a few jokes of his own.

“I’m doing stand-up,” he joked. “Started from the bottom, now we’re here…back at the bottom!”

When asked by his interviewer if any of his “Scandal” co-stars had his back when he got fired, he seemed a little bothered. But after a few seconds he began to make jokes about the way he was fired from the show.

“They sent me a SnapChat—a quick message. It was real fast. It came quick. I almost missed the message it went away so fast,” he joked.  “It was like “Back 2 The Future” part two when they sent him a fax ‘Ehhh, you’re fired!’”

The interview closed with Columbus being asked if he thinks he’ll ever return to the show for a guest appearance; a question to which he sarcastically responded:

“Not after this interview.”

He did, however, reveal that he’s working on getting back into the music industry. Considering his shocking dismissal from “Scandal,” that’s probably a good idea.

Is Television Targeting Black Women?

May 13th, 2014 - By Charing Ball
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Are black women television’s next targeted demographic?

Film critic, Tambay Obenson, seems to think so. Over at Shadow & Act, he writes that now that Hollywood has discovered blacks are a viable market segment, combined with an increased collective African American buying power of  around $1.5 trillion annually, the black woman’s narrative and other programs that are attractive to the sisters, are rapidly becoming a ratings goldmine for major and cable television networks.

More specifically:

All that said, the last 12 to 24 months in TV history have certainly seen more of an emphasis by the networks on content targeted at black women audiences in that coveted 25-54 ratings age range, as that audience has delivered, and continues to deliver solid (and in some cases record) ratings for the networks that have shown, and continue to show interest in attracting them. And I think it’s only a matter of time, before other networks who are still seemingly ignoring that audience, jump on the bandwagon, especially if ratings (and, in essence, advertising dollars, and thus their bottomline) are of importance to them.

So might a time soon come when TV (broadcast and cable) lineups see every major network’s programming schedule include at least one dramatic or comedy series, centered primarily around the lives of black women, or feature black women in meaty and vital starring roles?”

The evidence suggests that those who currently don’t, might be foolish not to reconsider.

 

Among the evidence Obenson cites is “Scandal,” which as we all know is not only a ratings bonanza, but apparently a social media one as well, delivering over 700k tweets during its premier episode alone. Likewise, there’s the OWN network, which has created a number of black women-centered programming including “Tyler Perry’s The Haves & The Have Nots.” And then there is the rating juggernaut VH1, with a line up that includes “Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta,” “T.I. & Tiny’s The Family Hustle,” “Marrying The Game,” “Hit The Floor,” and “Basketball Wives,” which have strong followings among black women.

The article is interesting – although I don’t agree with Obenson’s conclusions that somehow black men are being locked out of this new attention being spent by Hollywood executives. For the most part, television is filled with developed black male characters. If you read the article, as well as the comments, you will see that some of the readers went to great trouble to list those varied roles for black men.

Coincidentally, I have been noticing this same sort of emphasis as of late on the black woman narrative, particularly as it pertains to television, and I shared similar thoughts on my personal blog. In particular, one recent report from the Pittsburgh Courier about Centric TV, originally known as BET on Jazz, BET Jazz, and BET J, will to be shifting formats again to concentrate on more women-centered programming including season four of “Single Ladies.”and a collaboration with Queen Latifah‘s production company Flavor Unit Entertainment, who will be producing more shows for black female audiences. The report goes on to say:

“We are thrilled to be working once again with Flavor Unit Entertainment and Queen Latifah,” said Debra L. Lee, BET’s Chairman and CEO. “She does it all and we are happy to have her join us as a creative force as we continue to grow Centric into a premiere destination for African American women. We couldn’t be more excited about what’s ahead.”

Louis Carr, BET’s President of Broadcast and Media Sales, said the rebranding of the network is historic. “At more than 10 million strong, and in control of 20 billion dollars in buying power, the African American woman is an increasingly powerful, yet often overlooked consumer. No other network has embraced her with content designed specifically for her – until now,” he explained. “Centric is the first network to deliver the programming that celebrates, inspires and addresses her unique perspective.”

It’s clear that for at least one network, black women are actively being targeted for ratings bread and butter. However, I’m starting to believe that the new emphasis on “our stories” is part of a larger scheme in this country, to raise the profile of women in general. This includes the likes of Beyoncé and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, who both have been pushing this “be anything you want to be” brand of feminism. And the GoldieBox commercial, which seeks to dispel some of the myths about science and young girls. And then there is Hilary Clinton and the popularity of the FLOTUS, whose individual popularities have provided both themselves and their husbands newfound political leverage among a core demographic of voters. (I.e. the womenfolks.) And how can we forget the wildly shared and discussed article in The Atlantic called The End of Men, which focused on the rise of women in the workplace?

Everything is pretty much girl power right now.

It’s quite possible that television is just keeping up with the changing times. While I am excited about the new prospects, particularly the rise of women-centered narratives on television and elsewhere, I am also kind of skittish about how else this will benefit us, outside of some entertaining moments on television? It’s not really empowering if the only people really being served are those,who make, control and ultimately make money off of the images, no matter how egalitarian

 

Thursday Night Belongs To Shonda: ABC Turns Over Its Entire Primetime Block To Rhimes’ Shows

May 13th, 2014 - By Tonya Garcia
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Shonda Rhimes has signed a four-year contract extension with ABC Studios, solidifying her position with the company. And if that weren’t enough to prove just how valuable she is to the organization, ABC has turned over its entire Thursday primetime block to Rhimes programs. This fall, Grey’s Anatomy will move to 8pm, what’s usually called the “family hour”; Scandal will air at 9pm; and Rhimes’ new show, How to Get Away With Murder will take Scandal‘s old 10pm slot. The announcement was made today at the network’s upfront presentation to advertisers.

Rhimes follows in the footsteps of Aaron Spelling, another producer who was given an entire evening back in the 80s with TJ Hooker, The Love Boat and Fantasy Island.

ABC has made a number of changes for the coming television season, bringing in names like Viola Davis and Tracee Ellis Ross to headline its new programs. According to ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee, diversity is part of the overall strategy for the network.

“We do think America has changed. We saw that in the election cycle, we see it in everything that’s happening. [To air these shows is] perfectly appropriate for a network like this; and, in fact, I think it’s the right thing to do now,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. The magazine notes that Lee is not normally one to speak very openly. However, the network had a fourth place finish and perhaps Lee feels like now’s the time to speak up.

Lee also noted the “social media savvy” of ABC’s fan base.

So it looks like Thursday night is going to be a lock come the fall. Everyone will be home, in front of the TV, tweeting frantically all evening.