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Am I The Only One Who Can’t Stand Fitzgerald Grant?

September 25th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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I’ve been over Fitz for at least two seasons now. But every time I watch a new episode of “Scandal” where the President speaks outside of his official capacity, my soul gets weary.

I wanted, more than anything, for Olivia and Jake Ballard to be together forever. But you know the heart wants what it wants. And it’s really unfortunate that Olivia wants Fitz so badly. Because not only is their relationship completely unrealistic, homeboy displays some characteristics that should leave quite women shaking in their boots.

The man is no good y’all!

And I know we’re talking about “Scandal” here, no one is all that “good” on this show. They all have their own unique capacity for evil. But there’s something about Fitz pretending to be holy when he’s so far from it that just makes my skin crawl.

I get it. Fitz has had a rough life. His Daddy didn’t love him the right way, he’s “trapped” in a loveless marriage. He lost a child and he can’t be with the woman he loves.

But every last person on that show has problems. Major ones. Yet, Fitz is the only one who consistently tries to act like he’s never done anything wrong, like the victim in his own life story. Whenever things get rough for him the first person he blames is a woman in his life. Usually, it’s Mellie but when he found out Olivia had agreed to rig the election in Defiance, Ohio, he stopped speaking to her too.

Fitz is always talking to Mellie like a dog and last night was no different. After supporting him for years, riding with his affairs, (Don’t get it twisted. It’s not just Olivia.) birthing his children, and then having to bury one of them, it was Olivia who had to convince him to be there to support his wife. And instead of giving her at least a day to celebrate the moment, he immediately starts hurling jabs.

He threatened Mellie saying that if she doesn’t sign divorce papers, he’ll let the whole world know all the dirt that she’s done. For the life of me, I can’t understand why Fitz keeps throwing the jurors in Mellie’s face when he has caused his own fair share of death, crashing a plane full of people, sending soldiers to die in a war to get Olivia back and even snuffing out that old lady when she threatened to tell the world his whole presidency was a shame.

Fitz loves to pretend that he has been forced into this predicaments by others, painted into a corner. But I’ve yet to see him take responsibility for his own actions and admit, once and for all, that, for all the pain and drama its caused, he thoroughly enjoys the power and prestige that comes with being President of the United States.

Instead, he mentions the jurors again, as if she knowingly killed those people. And in doing so, he took time out to insult her even further. He was sure to tell her how he despised her and then, after she willingly gave up her career to support his political aspirations, told her:

“Your biggest accomplishment so far is waving and smiling.”

Like, why?

While I absolutely believe should sign them papers and be about the business of shaking things up in D.C., I cannot understand why Fitz is so mean and nasty to her. At the end of the day, despite their differences, Mellie has never done anything to intentionally hurt Fitz. She birthed his children and was always there in the rare moments that he decided he would try to be a good husband.

So why the attitude?

I know Olivia is not often privy to these conversations, but if she were, I wonder how she would feel about it.

If I were her, I’d be terrified.

There’s no guarantee that IF Fitz and Olivia get to be together that they’ll last forever and always. We often forget that Fitz did love Mellie at one point. And if he could speak to the woman he once loved like that, God only knows how he’ll speak to Olivia when things go sour. Bottom line, Fitz is a punk. The only time he steps up is when he’s talking down to a woman, speaking to a subordinate, or beating up a man who’s tied to a chair.

He works my very last nerve.

Props to Tony Goldwyn, the real man who plays this character. I’m not an actor but I imagine it’s much harder to play a man viewers love to hate rather than one they simply adore.

What do you think about Fitzgerald Grant? Are you here for him? Do you think he and Olivia should be together?

Spoiler Alert! Everything We Know About Scandal Season 5

September 24th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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Can’t wait for the next season of Scandal to air on September 24th? Here’s everything we know so far about Scandal season 5.

Shonda Rhimes On Scandal’s “Lawn Chair” Episode: I Thought It Would Feel Dated, “Then The Police Just Kept Killing Black Men”

September 24th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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I wasn’t the most loyal gladiator last season, but I did manage to catch “The Lawn Chair” episode, which was inspired by the tragic 2014 killing of Michael Brown. According to “Scandal” executive producer Shonda Rhimes, the idea for the episode came to her in a vision the morning after Brown’s death.

“I woke up knowing that we were going to go write ‘The Lawn Chair’ after Ferguson,” Rhimes told Elle. “I watched that coverage and was horrified. I woke up the next morning with this image of this man, of a lawn chair and a shotgun and a child underneath him. The episode came out of that.”

Brown was shot in August, and the episode was filmed in October or November, which made Rhimes concerned that the episode would “feel dated” when it aired. Unfortunately, police violence against Black men only continued.

“We shot that episode in October or November. I remember thinking, ‘This is going to feel dated when it comes out.’ And then the police just kept killing Black men.”

Ironically, the Justice Department’s explosive report on the Ferguson Police Department was released the day before the episode was set to air in March.

“Literally the [day before] it aired, they released the Ferguson Report, and it was worse than the press had ever thought,” said Rhimes.

The television executive also discussed how much thought went into the tiniest details of that episode—including comments made about lead character Olivia Pope’s “black card.” She explains:

“That episode was very interesting for us because Zahir McGhee, whose name is on the episode, [and] I basically wrote it together. He really did a good job with it, but [we] couldn’t be from more different worlds: He wanted Marcus to have attended a Black college, and I didn’t want him to—I thought it meant something different. It was just a giant battle that we waged about every detail because [McGhee] was a young black man from Baltimore, and I grew up a lot like Olivia Pope. I was trying to explain to him, There is this weird belief from people on the outside and from people in Black communities that there is only one way to be Black. And I say it in the writers’ room all the time: My Black Is Not Your Black. What’s terrifying is that, just the same way we’ve all accepted that normal is white, everybody seems to buy into the idea that there’s only one way to be Black or one way to be Hispanic. That’s as damaging as anything else.”

Fall TV Preview: Who Got The Answers To Last Season’s Biggest Cliffhangers?

September 14th, 2015 - By Anslem Samuel Rocque
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Whether it’s the jaw-dropping cliffhangers, post-show memes on social media or just great writing, there’s something to be said for a good show, especially when it comes back from hiatus.

The fall TV season is almost upon us and there are a host of new and returning shows we’ve been anxiously anticipating. From comedies and dramas to reality shows that are a little mix of both. We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorites.

With so much great TV programming on the horizon, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with which shows to watch live or binge on later. Fortunately, with the X1 DVR™ from XFINITY®, you can record up to six shows at once, so you won’t have to miss an episode. Plus, with XFINITY On Demand™, you can catch up on entire past seasons so you’re ready for all the fall action.

TGIT Sneak Peek: Rebecca’s Killer To Be Revealed & Fitz Apparently Files For Divorce [Watch]

September 11th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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With ABC’s beloved TGIT scheduled to return in a little less than two weeks, the network has finally decided to bless us with a couple of trailers to let “Scandal” and “How to Get Away with Murder” fans know what they’re in for this season.

With Rebecca dead, it seems like a major part of the HTGAWM plot this season will focus on identifying her killer and perhaps, covering up her murder.

“Now that you’ve done this, you’re a monster,” Annalise apparently screams at the killer in the 30-second teaser.

What we do know about the killer—thanks to Frank’s one-liner—is that whoever it is, had to be “strong enough” to drag the body behind the stairs.

And then, there’s “Scandal.” When we left off Fitz put Mellie out of the White House. Judging by the trailer, the new season will pick up with Olivia and Fitz having sex all up and through the White House, and Fitz apparently serving Mellie with divorce papers.

It looks like there are about to be some big changes this season.

TGIT returns to ABC Thursday, September 24.

TGIT! Shondaland Covers October Issue Of Essence Magazine

September 10th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Shonda Rhimes is on top. And when a Black woman’s on top, it only makes sense that Essence would feature said woman on the cover of their publication. Shonda’s appeared on the cover before. But her influence and effect on the industry warrants more than just one cover. So Essence honored her with six for the October issue. But it’s not just Shonda, it’s all of the Black actors and actresses she’s put on during her reign.

The covers feature actors and actresses from “Grey’s Anatomy,” “How To Get Away With Murder,” and “Scandal.”

Check out the covers and some excerpts from the upcoming article on the following pages.

Olivia And Mellie Look Like Sister Wives On EW Cover

September 3rd, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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“Scandal” returns to ABC later this month, and the cast has already begun making their press rounds. We have no idea what direction the storyline will take this season, but if the September 11 Entertainment Weekly cover serves as an indicator, things are about to get extremely interesting.

Kerry Washington, Tony Goldwyn and Bellamy Young are closer than close in one of the four cover shots for this issue, with Young resting her head on Washington’s shoulder and Washington draping her leg across Goldwyn’s shoulder.

“What’s next for America’s sexiest first couple throuple,” the cover’s tagline playfully reads.

While we don’t see Mellie and Olivia ever consenting to jump completely out of the window and begin playing sister wives, stranger things have happened in Shondaland.

TGIT season premieres begin Thursday, September 24.

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James White for EW

James White for EW

James White for EW


Paula Deen On DWTS? Disgraced Stars Who’ve Managed To Return To The Public Eye

August 27th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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She’s ba-ack. Dancing with the Stars just announced that Paula Deen will be back on TV for Season 21. But she’s not the only disgraced star returning to television and the public eye. The following celebrities are back whether we like it or not.

Shonda Rhimes To Develop A Comedy About Divorce For ABC

August 23rd, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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Screenwriter, director and producer Shonda Rhimes is expanding her expansive portfolio.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Rhimes’ production company Shondaland is developing a new comedy series for ABC with Trophy Wife creators Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins. Titled Splitsville, the show tells the story of divorced residents of a suburban cul-de-sac who come together to raise their children.

Although Rhimes is known for television dramas such as Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away with Murder, Scandal, producer Betsy Beers is confident that the show will be a hit. “We can definitely make it work,” she told EW. “I started my career in comedy and Shonda also wrote comedies and started when she was a screenwriter. We’re really, really looking forward to the prospect of having one on a network sometime soon.”


Tuned In: TV Shows We’re Looking Forward To Watching This Fall

August 22nd, 2015 - By Iva Anthony
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With the forthcoming season of fall comes a new television line-up of TV show. As we say goodbye to summer, here’s a look at some of the fall TV shows we’re looking forward to watching.


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Uncle Buck

Most of us remember the movie Uncle Buck, starring John Candy who plays an extremely irresponsible uncle called in to watch his nieces and nephew for a few days during a family emergency. The movie is coming to our television screens this fall with another funny familiar face: Mike Epps. This time Epps moves in with his sister and her family to mooch off of them before ending up the unlikely mentor. Uncle Buck, which also stars Nia Long, will join the Friday night line-up on ABC.