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Scandal TV Show Pilot Review

Pilot Scoop: Scandal

With ABC's midseason drama Scandal, Shonda Rimes, the mastermind behind Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice, moves out of the hospital and into Washington DC. Kerry Washington heads up a team of consultants who specialize in defusing political scandals, and if you're wondering if the new show will be juicy enough to make room for on your DVR, I've got a few opinions that may help you.

  • What it's about: Washington plays Olivia Pope, a brilliant and ambitious political "fixer" who runs her own firm to clean up PR messes. Though she relies on her gut and is incredibly successful helping others, her personal life is kind of a mess. Columbus Short and Lost's Henry Ian Cusick also star as part of her team.
  • Where it works: Lost fans will be happy to see Cusick as a dapper consultant (and on safe, dry land). Washington is also a beautiful asset as the leading lady, and there seem to be a lot of complicated relationships just under the surface.
  • Where it doesn't: While Olivia's interesting relationship with the fictional president (Tony Goldwyn) is certainly scandalous, her chemistry with Goldwyn leaves something to be desired.
  • You might like this show if: You watch Grey's Anatomy but have never particularly loved the medical setting.
  • When it's on: Thursdays at 10 p.m. on ABC, starting April 5

To see a preview and some photos from Scandal, just keep reading.


Henry Ian Cusick in Scandal.
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Jeff Perry in Scandal.
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Tony Goldwyn in Scandal.
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Kerry Washington in Scandal.
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Tony Goldwyn in Scandal.
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Katie Lowes and Columbus Short in Scandal.
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Darby Stanchfield in Scandal.
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Columbus Short and Katie Lowes in Scandal.
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Kerry Washington in Scandal.
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Henry Ian Cusick and Kerry Washington in Scandal.
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Guillermo Diaz, Darby Stanchfield, and Kerry Washington in Scandal.
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Darby Stanchfield and Henry Ian Cusick in Scandal.
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Katie Lowes, Columbus Short, and Kerry Washington in Scandal.
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Henry Ian Cusick and Darby Stanchfield in Scandal.
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Darby Stanchfield in Scandal.
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Katie Lowes and Kerry Washington in Scandal.
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Guillermo Diaz in Scandal.
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Kerry Washington in Scandal.
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Darby Stanchfield, Kerry Washington, and Henry Ian Cusick in Scandal.
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Guillermo Diaz, Darby Stanchfield, Wes Brown, and Henry Ian Cusick in Scandal.
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Columbus Short and Henry Ian Cusick in Scandal.
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Kerry Washington and Jeff Perry in Scandal.
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pinto1520 pinto1520 3 years
scandal is the hottest thing on tv. i love liv and the president,they are hot. this is a fun show to watch,it keeps you riveted to your seat,wondering what is gonna happen next,the whole cast is something else. Mrs. Rhimes has done it again.
Alamar2551147 Alamar2551147 4 years
I was addicted to The West Wing Series. And, Scandal has piqued my behind-the-scenes-Political Drama interest, Again!! I love the Kerry/Olivia character, a strong/Sensitive Powerful Woman! I love the music from 60's&70's! And, that it is based on Judy Smith's real live's experience.. Altho she denies having had an affair with her President, George W Bush.. Yeah, yeah, .. She would deny it, wouldn't she?!;) *wink-wink* I give it a 10!!
ahemahem ahemahem 4 years
I was not as impressed as Louise. It was moderately entertaining. Then again, I wasn't into Grey's Anatomy, either. I used to watch The Office or a DVR program.
Louise2535463 Louise2535463 4 years
Scandal is a show for the fast thinking public.  It keeps you trying to keep up with the pace of what is going on.  When you think you have it figured out, bang, look again.  It deals with the controversy of what is going on in the 21st century.  Some viewers might not want to look in the face of reality, but this is what the real world is.  If you cannot keep up with the fast pace of the story, just watch it again and you will become addicted.  Love the first episode.  Here is hoping it keeps up the pace.  Wonderful!
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