ABC hit series ‘Scandal’ ­renewed for second season

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by AFRO Staff

“Scandal,” the hit ABC political drama starring Kerry Washington, has been renewed for another season, the network announced.

According to E! News, the series garnered 6.4 million viewers and 1.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic for its most recent airing May 10.

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KERRY WASHINGTON
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In “Scandal,” Washington plays D.C. crisis manager Olivia Pope, who has an affair with the President of United States. Actors Columbus Short, Henry Ian Cusick, Darby Stanchfield, Guillermo Diaz and Katie Lowes also star in the series.

Pope’s character is based on real-life crisis consultant Judy Smith.

When the show premiered, Washington made history as just the second Black female protagonist to lead a major network drama production, and the first in nearly 30 years. According to Ebony, the other was Teresa Graves, who starred in the 1974 made-for-TV movie “Get Christie Love!”

The hour-long drama is the brainchild of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice” creator/executive producer Shonda Rhimes. After discovering “Scandal’s” fate, Rhimes took to Twitter to announce the news.

“Am super proud to say that @ScandalABC has been picked for a 2nd season!! Am doing a little dance of joy. Still waiting to hear on [Private Practice].”

Washington also took to Twitter to thank fans for their support.

“Can’t express in words the utter excitement & gratitude I’m experiencing!” she wrote. “Thank YOU #Gladiators for watching supporting & spreading the word.”

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