Shonda Rhimes Gives Up The Scandalous Goods On Season 3 And Possible Spin-Offs

August 14, 2013  |  

The time is drawing near, y’all.

Scandal is officially scheduled to return to a television near you on October 3rd and the show’s creator, Shonda Rhimes, is already giving up the dirt on next season’s twists and turns. The 43-year-old mom of two recently sat down with Vulture and it looks like we’re in for quite a ride, especially considering that major cliffhanger that last season ended with. Peep Shonda’s interview highlights below.

On what we can expect from Scandal’s season three premiere:

“When season three begins, I feel like we have some business to take care of. People are saying to Liv, ‘Are you the president’s mistress?’ The first episode sort of leads to some very interesting negotiations between the president and the first lady and Olivia in a way.”

On what we’ll learn about Olivia Pope during season three:

“There’s a moment in the second scene of the first episode where you sort of discover that the Olivia you know now is a very different person than she used to be. I feel like we’re discovering that Olivia’s in this very interesting state of evolution, and we have no idea where she’s going to be at the end of this season.”

On the Scandal creative process: 

“We left the end of season two, and then we all came back and sat down and went, ‘What the hell is going to happen next?’ And then we figured it out. That’s the fun of it. I feel you have to leave it all on the page and the screen, and then go from there … When I left season one, I had no idea what was going to happen in season two. I remember saying to the writers, “Yay! The writers’ room for season two begins tomorrow. If anyone has any idea for who Quinn Perkins is, let us know.” If you hold story back — there’s no way to hold story back on this show anyway, because we’re moving so fast.”

On previously statement that she doesn’t take notes from ABC:

“I got into a lot of trouble for saying that.”

“I got into a lot of trouble for being truthful, I guess. It’s not that I … take no notes. It’s not like I say, “Screw you, I’m not going to take notes.” What’s really good is that I have a relationship with the studio and network where they’re very comfortable with what we’re doing. And so there’s not a lot of notes given, which is nice. [But] I feel like if I got a great note — I don’t care where a great note comes from. I’m not one of those people who’s like, “My brain is more special than anybody else’s.” If I get a great note, I love a great note.”

On if we can expect a Scandal spin-off in the future:

“I don’t think Scandal should be a franchise. I feel like Scandal is what it is. I’m getting to write the world’s most intriguing novel. And I’m having a great time. It’s an experiment to me, so I don’t think a franchise is what makes sense. Although, If you had asked me in season three of Grey’s Anatomy, I would have said [the show would be] four seasons and out.”

On the character who has changed the most since season one:

“Cyrus. He is by far one of the most interesting characters that I’ve ever gotten to write. I knew that I wanted him to be sort of a beast. But I didn’t realize what I would be getting in Jeff Perry [who plays Cyrus]. He’s incredible. You know, he played a sort of very quiet, stuttering man on Grey‘s as Meredith’s father. And he’s the complete opposite character [on Scandal]. But he’s so much fun to write for. I remember waking up one morning during [season one] and going, “Cyrus is gay. He has a husband. And his whole thing is he can never be president, and he’s very bitter about that.”


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