04:07 PM EDT 03/27/2015
Originally posted 03/26/2015 11:30PM
It's his wedding, and he'll throw his groom to the wolves if he wants to.
Thursday night's episode of Scandal focused on Cyrus Beene (Jeff Perry) the show's most Machiavellian character – and in this political drama, that's saying a lot.
A self-described "filthy monster," Cyrus can go from being Olivia Pope's (Kerry Washington) mentor and biggest champion to ordering her murder. And this week, his dalliance with prostitute Michael (Matthew Del Negro, who is truly Noah Wyle's clone) finally bit him in the butt.
Originally posted 03/25/2015 03:15PM
Shonda Rhimes has once again taken the media to task.
After an opinion piece claimed that "the pendulum might have swung a bit too far" with regard to more diverse casting on television, the executive producer of Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder spoke out against the claims on Twitter.
Empire's Taraji P. Henson Talks Auditioning to Be Olivia Pope and Her Trick to Keeping Sex Scenes Professional
Originally posted 03/20/2015 11:40AM
Taraji P. Henson is no longer Taraji P. Henson. And she's thrilled about that!
But before the actress became known to America as Cookie (her character on Fox's breakout hit Empire), she had her sights set on another name: Olivia Pope.
The Oscar nominee, 44, told Angie Martinez on her Power 105.1 radio show that she auditioned to play Scandal's Beltway fixer, but she knew it was a long shot.
Originally posted 03/13/2015 01:00PM
Everyone comes to Olivia Pope for advice: Her friends. Her co-workers. The president of the United States. Politicians in trouble, recovering assassins, her own kidnapper while trying to leverage an online bidding war for her freedom.
And even Kerry Washington, the Emmy-nominated actress who plays her.
"I don't think I consciously say, 'What would Olivia Pope do?' but there's a new thread of belief in my own capacity that I think comes from her," the Scandal star says in April issue of Marie Claire, on stands March 24. "She makes it happen. She figures it out. She fixes it."
Originally posted 03/12/2015 11:15PM
Scandal's Gladiators better hold on to their white hats.
Thursday night's episode was mostly a set-up for the next swooping dramatic arc: The takedown of B613 (no, really this time), and possibly your favorite characters along with it.
"You gave me those files," Attorney General David Rosen (Joshua Malina) said in the penultimate scene. "You said, 'Go get the bad guys.' "
"Rosen, we are the bad guys," Jake (Scott Foley) replied.
"Not anymore," David insisted.
But is that really true? Because for all the good the employees of Pope & Associates do, their fixing hasn't exactly followed the letter of the law.
Originally posted 03/12/2015 04:05PM
If this isn't the role of the lifetime for Kerry Washington, it sure comes close.
The Scandal star will play Anita Hill, who was thrust into the spotlight in 1991 when she accused U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment – for an HBO biopic called Confirmation, PEOPLE has confirmed.
The movie is set to document the subsequent confirmation hearings and their indelible impact on modern culture and the workplace.
Originally posted 03/10/2015 02:10PM
Olitz or No-litz?
When it comes to the couple nickname for Scandal's Olivia Pope and President Fitz, Jimmy Kimmel isn't a big fan.
"They really need to go back to the drawing board on Olitz," Kimmel said while hosting a Paleyfest panel with the ABC drama's cast in Los Angeles on Sunday.
Originally posted 03/09/2015 02:10PM
Even the most ardent Huckleberry Quinn shippers were creeped out by the Scandal characters' fetish for licking each other in season 3.
Or so we thought.
"People have asked me to lick them! To live their faces!" Guillermo Díaz – Huck on the ABC drama – told the PaleyFest LA audience Sunday of his strangest fan encounter.
Originally posted 03/09/2015 11:00AM
There may not be a fan more invested in Monday's finale of The Bachelor than Scandal's Joshua Malina.
At PaleyFest in Los Angeles on Sunday, Malina revealed not only his dedication to Chris Soules's love life but also his opinion on who should hand out the roses on the next Bachelorette.
Originally posted 03/07/2015 11:10AM
There was nothing scandalous about Thursday's Scandal: The drama was too raw, the plot – a young, unarmed black man being shot by police – all too familiar.
But that's what made the episode so moving, and why Twitter is already clamoring for guest-star Courtney B. Vance to win an Emmy.
Vance, 54, is known for his work in Law & Order: Criminal Intent and being the proud husband of actress Angela Bassett. He also has an upcoming role as O.J. Simpson defense attorney Johnnie Cochran in Ryan Murphy's American Crime Story
On Scandal, he played Clarence, the father of the slain teen Brandon Parker, who incited a police stand-off when he rushed the crime scene and raised a shotgun, refusing to leave his son's body until justice was served.
"Some people called me and said 'I'm still crying over it,' " he tells PEOPLE. "If nothing else, it will hopefully keep the dialogue open, which was one of the tragic things about Ferguson and other situations. Let it go to trial. Let's talk it out. When you change that process, people don't get the chance to hear it all and flesh it out.
"If that doesn't happen, then all we're left with is our anger."
Vance discusses the powerful episode, House of Cards's take on race and working with Kerry Washington below:
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