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Well This Should Be Interesting, Lena Dunham To Guest Star On Scandal

February 21st, 2015 - By Courtney Whitaker
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I’m sure, I’m not the only one, still stuck on last week’s episode of Scandal.

The return of our beloved Stephen is one of our FAVORITE moments of this season thus far. Now, we have some new casting news to tell our gladiators.

According to Variety, Lena Dunham will appear in an episode of Scandal. Lena will star as a guest cast member in one single episode. The details of the episode have not been revealed. However, Dunham once the website Grantland, “My life’s great passion is the idea of being a guest-star on Scandal. I want to be like, a senator who did something wrong.”

We can only hope Shonda granted Dunham’s one wish. As for the show, we’re excited to see where things go. After last week’s episode, we can only wonder how long Liv will stay away from Fitz. Also, will Poppa Pope make a reappearance? Sigh, only time will tell.

Columbus Short Lands First Role Since Scandal

February 21st, 2015 - By Courtney Whitaker
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Columbus Short is set to return to the small screen.

E! Online has confirmed that Columbus Short will join the cast of Fear Files, an original horror film from TV One.

The site is reporting,”In the short film Fear, which will premiere in Friday, March 13, Short will play City Councilman Harvey Jordan, whose plan to build a football stadium in a low income neighborhood causes friction to erupt within the community. And after a deadly fire removes the last resident standing in the way of his project, people begin to question if the death was an accident or a murder planned by the Councilman. While the truth begins to haunt Jordan, he must charm Kelisia Waters (Erica Hubbard, BET’s Let’s Stay Together), a determined reporter in order to sway the media attention away from him.”

For the last few months, Short has made headlines for his legal issues and substance abuse. He was sadly killed off the hit show, Scandal, because of them. Hopefully this will be a fresh start for Short.

Olivia Saves Herself: The “No More Blood” Scandal Recap

February 20th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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I don’t know how many more weeks I could have watched Olivia be in bondage. So I was so happy to see that she broke free this week. But it took a while and there were some pretty memorable moments along the way. Check out the highlights from last night’s episode.

#BecauseFashion: New App, Spylight Reveals What Brands Favorite Television Characters Are Wearing

February 19th, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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If you love the app Shazam, which instantaneously tells you what song you’re listening to if you don’t know its title or artist, you will love Spylight.

Made for the fashionistas at heart, Spylight helps consumers instantly view where to purchase the exact outfits their favorite television characters are wearing. The app listens to the audio of shows or movies and then Spylight provides the labels being worn on the characters in the scene. Spylight also partners with major media corporations to gather information about their television shows in order to know what outfits their popular characters’ wear before the shows air. If consumers cannot afford the clothing featured in the show, Spylight provides affordable alternatives.

COO Aly Moore also told the Daily Beast:

“We are building a disruptive technology that will open a whole new array of options for fans, studios, and fashion brands. Through Spylight, brands can now receive recognition for—and benefit from—their contributions to movies and TV. And Hollywood studios can enable fans to engage with their favorite characters on a level that was never possible before.”

For those who will be viewing the Oscars this upcoming Sunday, February 22, Spylight will live-blog the event notifying their followers what their favorite stars are wearing. Spylight will be available to download, later on this month in the iPhone app store.

Where’s The Black Lady? Scandal Season 4 Episode 11 Recap

February 6th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Last night, I was wondering just how Olivia was going to work her way out of bondage. This whole being imprisoned thing is a nice twist in the story line but I’m ready for homegirl to be free. So I was glued to the television. And the episode did not disappoint. Check out the most memorable moments from last night’s episode of “Scandal.”

“Empire,” “Scandal,” & “Black-ish,” Oh My! Networks Finally See The Power Of Black TV

February 2nd, 2015 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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annaliseNetwork executives may not love Black, but they sure love green! With the successes of Empire, ScandalHow to Get Away with Murder, and Black-ish, the “big guys” are finally recognizing the power of Black programming, New Pittsburgh Courier reports.

NewsOne’s Roland Martin, spoke with BuzzFeed’s senior editor Kelley Carter about how the recent blossoming of Black TV shows is a result of renewed faith in their capacity to draw large audiences — and it all started with Kerry Washington.

“Let me tell you when the game changer was,” Carter said. “It was three years ago in 2012 when Scandal came on ABC as a mid-season replacement. That was the first time you saw a television cast actively engaged and enact social media to get fans to watch the show.”

Whether you watched Scandal or not, Thursday night Twitter surfing was flooded with hashtag-happy fans gushing about Olivia Pope.

But Martin reminds us that Scandal first landed on ABC with just eight episodes — and the ratings were “okay,” but not great. However, because of Scandal‘s Twitter dominion and high Black engagement, ABC saw its potential.

“[If you remember],” Martin said, “there was an episode where the Supreme Court justice was smothered by the President — that was actually supposed to be the show’s finale, but it got picked up by ABC and they had to recalibrate the whole show.”

It was then, Martin said, that the network bigwigs realized that they needed to start targeting Black audiences. After all, according to Nielsen ratings, Black Americans consume more TV than any other ethnic group — 201 hours per month. Compare this to Whites’ 155.3 hours, Hispanics’ 177 hours, and Asians’ 82 hours.

Network executives are also turning to African-American marketing experts that know how to attract Black audiences. As Martin puts it, Black experts are saying, “Ya’ll don’t know us. We know how to do us, let us do us and pay us accordingly.”

“One of the smarter stories that came out this week, especially about Empire, was focusing on Liquid Soul [a Black marketing agency],” Carter said. “The network reached out to them to host screenings in major metropolises where Black people live to tell them that there’s a show coming for them and by them with Lee Daniels at the helm.”

Here’s a quick overview of the successes of your favorite shows:

Black-ish, coming back on Feb. 11, debuted with 11 millionEmpire, renewed for season two, pulled in shocking ratings with each episode doing better than the previous. TGIT’s return of Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder pulled in 10.4 million and 9.1 million, respectively.

With Black begetting green, expect to see more shows produced, marketed, and performed by people of color.

Abductions, Confessions And A Good Underwire: Scandal And HTGAWM Recap

January 30th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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We’re going to try and do a little something different today since “How To Get Away With Murder” has climbed the ranks to be on par with “Scandal” as one of my Thursday night faves. And since most of us watch both shows, it’s only right that I chronicle both episodes from last night. Particularly since, they were both pretty excellent. We’ll start with “Scandal.”

Last night’s “Scandal” took me through a roller coaster of emotions. You may remember the last episode of the season left us with Olivia being inexplicably abducted from her apartment while Jake went to go get a pillow and blanket. Well, yesterday we found out how–but not exactly why that happened.

#BlackGirlsWinning: ABC Network Orders New Shonda Rhimes Drama,”The Catch”

January 27th, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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All hail Queen Shonda!

ABC Network has ordered a new pilot drama from Shonda Rhimes for the 2015-2016 season. Titled The CatchVariety reports the show will follow a female forensic accountant who exposes fraud for a living.

Viewers should expect, in true Shonda fashion, that the lead character won’t be who she appears to be. And, of course, she’ll have a questionable love life. Variety also says the character is preparing for marriage and but will be conned by her fiancé — although her own sordid secrets will surface, eventually.

There is no word yet when the show will air in the fall but we’ll keep you in the loop because The Catch sounds like it will be filled with crime,mystery, tea and shenanigans.

Are you ready for Shonda’s The Catch?

[Watch] ABC Unveils Sneak Peek For The Return Of TGIT

January 26th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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After a winter break that felt like an eternity, the TGIT line-up is scheduled to return this Thursday! ABC recently debuted sneak previews for the winter premieres of both “Scandal” and “How to Get Away with Murder.” From the looks of it, both premieres will be quite intense.

When we left off with “Scandal,” it appeared that Olivia Pope had been kidnapped from right under Jake’s nose. In the sneak preview, we see the professional fixer being dragged from her apartment. The identity of her kidnapper is not revealed; however, judging by the following scene where we see Pope running for her life, it’s apparent that the culprit means business.

As for the sneak preview of “How to Get Away with Murder,” we see Annalise and the gang being confronted by the district attorney who is trying Rebecca and Griffin in the death of Lila. At this point, Annalise has revealed more of what she knows about Sam’s relationship with Lila, but the prosecutor isn’t buying it. She’s convinced that the attorney’s now-deceased husband had nothing to do with Lila’s murder.

Are you ready for Thursday?!

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Could There Be A B613 Spinoff In The Works?

January 22nd, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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If you were hoping that Papa Pope would be killed off during season four of “Scandal,” the odds don’t appear to be in your favor. The series mastermind Shonda Rhimes recently revealed that her imagination may have other plans for Rowan and the men of B613.

“I have my own obsessions with B613 that are probably unhealthy,” she told the Hollywood Reporter. “I have like three versions of a B613 spinoff in my head that I obsess about constantly.”

No word on whether or not she’ll act on the fantasy, but chances are, it won’t happen while “Scandal,” “How to Get Away with Murder” and “Grey’s Anatomy” are on the air.

“I have some jobs, as you may notice, and not a lot of time to do some new jobs,” she joked. “The last time I had three shows [Grey’s, Scandal and Private Practice] I created on the air at the same time, I promised myself I’d never do that again — so right now, I’m good.”

As for the future on “Scandal,” Shonda says that it’s not a series that will have a lifespan comparable to that of “Grey’s Anatomy,” which is currently in its 11th season.

“We’re telling a story and it’s a very particular story and I don’t think you could go, ‘Now this other person is Olivia Pope.’ It’s not that kind of story; I think there’s an end to it that is important for us to get to.”

Of course, we aren’t the only ones sad to hear that Rhimes has an ending in mind for “Scandal.” Apparently, the folks over at ABC would love for the series to run on and on forever as well.

“What I love is how supportive ABC is and how great [ABC Entertainment Group president] Paul Lee is. Paul says at TCA that he wants Grey’s to run forever and he’d love ‘Scandal’ to run forever. There’s no bigger vote of confidence and that is wonderful. I think I just got a 20-season pickup for all my shows!”

Would you be interested in a B613 spinoff?

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