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Get Your Olivia Pope On! The Limited Introduces ‘Scandal’ Collection

September 17th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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What woman doesn’t want to dress like the stylish-yet-powerful Olivia Pope?  Well, you can. And affordably.

The Limited is introducing a collection of clothing inspired by the hit ABC drama Scandal. Just in time for the show’s return for a fourth season on Sept. 25.

More than 70 items are on sale in the Limited’s “Scandal” collection.” Prices range from about $49 to $250 making it easy for anyone to copy the attire Kerry Washington dons as Liv on the show. “The garments are due in stores and online next week and are scheduled to be available through May, the end of the 2014-15 television season,” reports The New York Times.

There is already a multimedia campaign, which boasts the collection as “Fearless fashion for ladies who lead.” And The Limited is putting some major money into promoting the line. The campaign has an estimated budget of $12 million.

Washington was included in selecting the designs, along with Elliot Staples, head of design for the retailer and Lyn Paolo, the costume designer for Scandal. “The three are featured in a video clip that promotes the collection; some print ads, showing models wearing the clothes, also give a shout-out to the creator of ‘Scandal,’ Shonda Rhimes, and feature the logos of the series and ABC,” reports The Times. A licensing deal was made by The Limited with ABC and the creators of Scandal. Financial terms were not made public.

Apparently the idea came out of a Good Morning America segment in fall of 2013 that “took outfits Olivia Pope wore on the show and replicated them at affordable price points,” said Diane Ellis, chief executive of The Limited. “A suit that was ours was featured.”

Most often such apparel licensing deals target kids, such as a line of Dora the Explorer clothing, but the Scandal collection shows the growth of licensed merchandise involving series for adults, said Ira Mayer, publisher and executive editor of a newsletter, The Licensing Letter. Other adult shows with licensing deals include The Big Bang Theory, Boardwalk Empire, Downton Abbey, Mad Men and Sons of Anarchy.

For series like Game of Thrones an estimated $100 million a year in retail sales can be made, Mayer said, with a typical deal bringing in “under $50 million a year.” Licensed merchandise from a popular children’s show, however, can rake in an estimated $250 million to $500 million annually in retail sales.

We’re sure The Scandal line will be a big seller. Will you buy?

h/t Jezebel

Thank God It’s Thursday: The Baddest Chicks Of Shonda Rhimes’ Thursday Night Takeover

September 15th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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There are many reasons to look forward to the upcoming fall television schedule and one of them is Shonda Rhimes’ Thursday Night Takeover on ABC. The television producer has millions of viewers ready for a new season of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal,” and her latest creation, “How To Get Away With Murder,” has garnered a lot of buzz before the first episode has even aired.

“How To Get Away With Murder” will debut Sept. 25 at 10 p.m. ET, following “Scandal’s” season 4 premiere at 9 p.m. ET. and “Grey’s Anatomy’s” 11th and final season premiere at 8 p.m. ET.

In anticipation of these upcoming episodes, here’s a look at the Black women who have made Thursday night must see TV. For more on these shows and their stars, head over to XFINITY

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Shonda Rhimes owns Thursday nights on primetime television. This upcoming fall season, the Chicago native will have three shows airing on ABC. Growing up, Rhimes showed an affinity for storytelling and working as a hospital volunteer in high school peaked her interest in the medical field and would come in handy later on in life when creating several of her shows. After penning the scripts for HBO’s “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge” and “Crossroads,” Rhimes created “Grey’s Anatomy” and it aired as a midseason replacement in 2005. The show became an instant hit and soon it spawned the spin-off “Private Practice.” But it was “Scandal,” a political thriller set in Washington D.C., that really put Rhimes on the map. This fall her latest show “How To Get Away With Murder” is set to premiere starring Viola Davis .

Is Larenz Tate Joining “Scandal?”

September 12th, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Larenz Tate Joining "Scandal?"


Wednesday, Larenz Tate stopped by Universal Studios Hollywood to interview with Extra’s Tracey Edmonds. During the interview, Tate responded to rumors about him replacing Columbus Short on “Scandal.” Tate, who is currently playing the role of Dr. Alex Burke on USA Network’s “Rush,” said about the rumors:

”I got to say that Scandal is an incredible show, there’s been a lot of hearsay, but there’s nothing that’s in stone…If there were a situation where I could go and do a character arc I’d love to go and do something with them, but I’m really happy with the show Rush and hoping that we come back for a second season.”

If Tate were to get a role on ‘Scandal,’ we can definitely see him as a powerful politician who steals Olivia’s (and our) hearts away. Sigh, a girl can dream!

Check out the Extra interview below. What do you think about Larenz Tate joining “Sandal?”

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Check Out Scandal’s Season 4 Cast Photos

September 10th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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In about two weeks, “Scandal” will be making its season 4 debut. At this point, fans are nearly bursting at the seams with anticipation. But with the exception of a couple of very brief trailers, a few promotional posters and a description of the first episode, which reads: “Nearly two months after Olivia and Jake boarded a private jet to stand in the sun together, everything has changed. With another four years in the White House, Fitz and Cyrus are doing everything they can to make a positive impact on the nation. Meanwhile, Mellie struggles to cope with the loss of her son and the gladiators feel the impact of Olivia’s absence,” ABC hasn’t offered much to hold us over. They did, however, unveil images of the cast taken for the season 4 photo shoot. The photos don’t offer much insight into this season’s storyline, but they are pretty nice to look at.

Sidenote: Although we’ve known for some time now that Harrison’s character was killed off, it’s still pretty weird/sad seeing the gang with out him.

Check out the photos below and on the following pages. Enjoy!


12 Fall TV Shows We Can’t Wait To Watch

September 10th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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After we shake out the sand from our bathing suits, put away our summer clothes for good and say goodbye to the hot weather, the one thing we can look forward to is the upcoming fall lineup and this season looks like it’s going to be good! Here are 12 Fall TV shows we can’t wait to watch.

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“How To Get Away With Murder”

One of the most highly anticipated shows that will debut this fall is Shonda Rhimes’ latest project. Viola Davis stars in the legal drama “How To Get Away With Murder” and plays the brilliant professor, Annalise Keating who gets caught up in the lives of four of her students. The show will join Rhimes other hit series, Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” on Thursday evening for three hours of must-watch TV.

‘Where On Earth Is Olivia Pope?’ ABC Debuts Scandal’s Season 4 Teaser [Watch]

September 3rd, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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It’s almost that time again! Season four of “Scandal” is slated to debut in just a few weeks and finally, ABC has decided to give eager fans a tiny taste of what what they’re in for.

In the extremely brief video teaser, a clearly concerned Fitz can be seen sitting in his office trying to call up his lover and adviser, Oliva Pope. However, she doesn’t pick up as she usually does. Instead, an automated message plays, informing the President that Olivia’s phone has been disconnected.

While the trailer does not reveal where Olivia went or if she’ll be returning anytime soon, the conclusion of season three did show our leading lady boarding a plane with Jake Ballard so that they can “save” each other by “walk into the light,” leaving Washington D.C. and all of its scandals behind.

Only time will tell where Shonda plans on taking things this season. But judging by the artwork, which reads, ‘No looking back,” our favorite protagonist may be making some major (and hopefully permanent) changes in her life. This would be great news for longtime “Scandal” fans who have grown weary with Liv and Fitz’s adulterous romance.

Check out the 10-second trailer below. Thoughts?

The Business (& The Tea) From The 2014 Primetime Emmys

August 26th, 2014 - By Tanvier Peart
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The 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards was live last night which was a little weird considering it was a Monday. Looking to stay away from competition like the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards and True Blood series finale, host Seth Meyers has been criticized for being bland. There were expected winners and surprising losers that have people in a bit of an uproar. Here’s a recap of the 2014 Primetime Emmys along with some celebrity dish you might want to know.

Orange Is The New Gold: Uzo Aduba Wins Emmy For Best Guest Actress

August 17th, 2014 - By Toya Sharee
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Uzo Aduba’s eyes looked anything but crazy as she received a Creative Arts Emmy last night for Best Guest Actress. Unfortunately, that means we won’t get to see her accept her award at the primetime Emmys, but it is an honor that is well-deserved nonetheless. Anyone who is a fan of the show knows that Aduba steals whatever scene she’s in on the Netflix series Orange Is The New Black playing the random “Crazy Eyes” who can often be found chasing her “dandelion”.

When receiving her award she toasted the series for her success:

“I don’t know how to say how incredibly impressed I am to be a part of this show day in, day out.”

She also credited Netflix thanking them for “putting something like this on television so that everyone can be represented in such a beautiful way.”

Aduba beat out household names such as Tina Fey, Melissa McCarthy and Joan Cusack as well as her OITNB co-stars Natasha Lyonne and Laverne Cox. The Hollywood Reporter mentions backstage the star was overwhelmed with emotion while through tears she expressed:

“I feel so full, that’s why the tears come out.”

“I’m stuffed. My cup runneth over right now. Mission accomplished, thank you.”

She also revealed her admiration for the show’s creator, Jenji Kohan:

“The thing I love most about working with Jenji is her want and this burning need to tell the truth, and it doesn’t really matter the cost, what it takes to go here.”

“She puts that and instills that in her writing and her writers, and it’s just incredible.”

“Her heart is just mama bear for everybody on that team, not only for the art that she makes, but she wants to create a family there for us. She really does everything in her power to make sure that energy — the love and the life that’s present — stay bright, and that makes it the perfect work environment.”

Joe Morton also known as “Daddy Pope” to Scandal fans also scored an Emmy last night for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama. His performance as “Rowan Pope” beat out 5 other hopefuls including Robert Morse of Mad Men. Congrats to “Crazy Eyes” and “Daddy Pope”! We’re sure this won’t be the last of awards for these hit shows.

“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:

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. 

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.”