Scandal was immediately brought to the attention of all TV lovers because the star, Kerry Washington, was the first African American women in a leading role on a network drama in almost 40 years.
Originally,Scandal was only given seven episodes for the first season, because ABC and creator/writer Shonda Rhimes didn’t know how the viewers would react to the fast talking, suspenseful, and quite frankly, crazy show.
Scandal is a drama, airing at 9/8c, which entails the life of crisis manager or “fixer” Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) and her business Olivia Pope and Associates (OPA) . OPA consists of a number of associates or “gladiators in suits” as associate, Harrison Wright (Columbus Short) likes to tell it. Basically, their job is to “solve problems, manage crises’ and save reputations” as written in the first episode. “Wearing the white hat” is what Olivia and her team stands for and will do anything for her clients, considering it is her name on that door.
But like any prime time television show, there is more going on in the lives of Olivia Pope and her gladiators. Before running her own business, Olivia Pope campaigned and worked as the communications director for the President of the United States, Fitzgerald Grant III (Tony Goldwyn) and as the show unveils, you discover the broken armor of Olivia and her gladiators.
Anyone who watches Scandal will be left on the edge of their seat due to the amazing writing of Rhimes and will return to their couch at 9 pm the next Thursday just so they can see what will happen next. And like any true “gladiator” (also referring to the fans of the show) you will most likely be live tweeting with the cast.
Every Thursday like clockwork at 9 pm, the cast logs onto Twitter. No matter what they are doing, they join the viewers of the show and experience the reaction of the fans and talk to them about the show. When I say “no matter what they are doing”...I mean it! The cast is known for shooting 10-15 hour days on set and will have their phones in hand on the set and tweet during cuts.
Star Kerry Washington has even spoken about how she believes directors must hate to work with them on Thursdays because they are constantly on their phones live tweeting the show. Many of the viewers participate in live tweets and it's amazing to see the reactions of the gladiators who receive tweets from their beloved cast.
Not only do the fans love the cast, but the cast loves each other. The cast will work 10-15 hours days all week on set and then get together at one of the cast member’s houses on the weekends to hang out. The women in the cast, Kerry Washington (Olivia Pope), Katie Lowes (Quinn Perkins), Darby Stanchfield (Abby Whelan), and Bellamy Young (Mellie Grant) commonly enjoy hikes together and having “girl days.”
The chemistry the cast has on an everyday basis translates to the screen and anyone could see the chemistry, even if they didn’t know the stories of the cast. The on and off screen chemistry was first discussed with main stars Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn who instantly became best friends and will probably complement each other in every interview until the end of time.
Clearly, the cast is doing something right because their seven episode first season has now become one of the most watched shows on television and has made it to a 6th season. Scandal aired its 100th episode last Thursday, which was an alternate universe episode entitled “The Decision.”
The cast held a celebration party for the milestone of 100 episodes and many more to come, considering Scandal has already been cleared for a 7th season. Another large milestone for the 100th episode was that live views increased by 17% and like usual, was trending on Twitter from 9 pm EST to 10 pm PST.
Part of the reason that Scandal has become such a popular show is because of the writing. This show is written in a way that shows the real side of people. No one in this show is the typical “good guy,” everyone has their flaws. Granted, some have larger flaws than others, but they all have a past and their pasts come back to show what it is like to be human. Although “wearing the white hat” is a common statement of the show, you will soon learn that even Olivia Pope’s hat can get pretty dirty.
Although the character’s lives are unbelievable, it is very easy to relate to each of them in an inexpiable and weird way, but if you watch Scandal, you would know that “weird is good.”
Overall, Scandal is a fantastic show that will never get old because you can never guess what is going to happen next, it is basically impossible. Because the writing is portrayed by actors who know and love their jobs, it is really hard to not to fall for every character and plot line, even if it is one of the twistiest shows on television.