12:53 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.
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 03/19/2015 11:25PM
Lena Dunham's Scandal debut started out as a Fifty Shades of Grey situation that Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) needed to fix.
And just when it looked like her character might be getting a Sex and the City ending, Huck (Guillermo Díaz) gave her a fate more suited for Law and Order: SVU.
Thursday's episode was all about feminist issues: the line between owning your sexuality and being abused, the scrutiny a successful woman is subjected to versus a man. Though the Girls creator met a tragic end, our heroine rediscovered her erotic power with – surprise! – a man besides Jake (Scott Foley) or Fitz (Tony Goldwyn).
That's right, Gladiators: Liv is officially a dominant.
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 03/10/2015 07:40AM
"It's just made my life better in every way," the actress tells PEOPLE
Kerry Washington, Shonda Rhimes and More Key Players Reveal What It Was Like to Make Scandal's Ferguson Episode
Originally posted 03/06/2015 03:00PM
If Scandal's latest episode left you feeling completely gutted, you're not alone.
Originally posted 03/06/2015 12:25AM
In its first episode since Olivia Pope's (Kerry Washington) escape, Scandal didn't pull any punches.
The ABC drama doesn't openly discuss race often, but when it does – from Olivia's searing "I'm feeling a little, I don't know, Sally Hemings/Thomas Jefferson about this" jab to her father's mantra that she had to be "twice as good" – it's a raw reminder that, even in Shondaland, America is far from color-blind.
Thursday night's episode handled the shooting of a young, unarmed black man – a clear statement on Ferguson's Michael Brown – with profound grace, exploring police brutality, racial identity and grassroots activism from all sides.
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