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Shonda Rhimes: Scandal Didn't Set Out to Make Adultery OK (That Said, Liv/Fitz Are 'Not Finished')
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Shonda Rhimes: Scandal Didn't Set Out to Make Adultery OK (That Said, Liv/Fitz Are 'Not Finished')

Aug 28 2013, 4:54pm CDT | by TV Line

While Scandal‘s calling card may be the on-again, off-again romance between super-fixer Olivia Pope and the married President of the United States, Shonda Rhimes urges you not to mistake that...

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Shonda Rhimes: Scandal Didn't Set Out to Make Adultery OK (That Said, Liv/Fitz Are 'Not Finished')

Aug 28 2013, 4:54pm CDT | by TV Line

While Scandal‘s calling card may be the on-again, off-again romance between super-fixer Olivia Pope and the married President of the United States, Shonda Rhimes urges you not to mistake that storyline as a ringing endorsement for illicit liaisons.

Case in point: Just this month, David Zabel, an executive producer for the new ABC drama Betrayal — which significantly centers on a married woman’s romanticized affair with someone else’s husband — conceded it’s “a challenge” to make your female protagonist a cheater, yet argued, “They’ve overcome it on Scandal. They’ve overcome it pretty well, as far as I understand.”

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That people root for Olivia (played by Emmy nominee Kerry Washington), however, is quite independent of whom she is bedding. “I don’t feel like we’re making adultery acceptable. We weren’t setting out to make adultery OK,” Rhimes says of the Betrayal comparison. “To me it’s not about adultery or not adultery. We’re telling the story of these two characters who very specifically have this kind of relationship.”

Rhimes also notes that, to Scandal‘s credit, “we tell all sides. So while there are times when you’re like, ‘Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) and Liv are wonderful and I want them to be together,’ there are also times you think, ‘Fitz is scum and he shouldn’t be cheating on his wife.’ And there are times you think, ‘Olivia should go off and find herself somebody who’s single.’

“I like the fact that everybody feels this big debate. That’s fantastic, because that’s the point,” Rhimes concludes. “We’re not giving a judgement on it one way or the other.”

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In fact, one would think — though it is never prudent to make predictions in Shondaland — that Olivia’s relationship with Fitz has had a barrel of ice-cold water dumped on it, seeing as in the Season 2 finale she was very publicly outed as POTUS’ paramour. (Fitz meanwhile, when last seen, had his head cradled in wife Mellie’s lap, after Olivia said she needed to leave his side and be a gladiator to her associates.)

Echoing that which Bellamy Young told us earlier this month, Rhimes previews, “When we come into the season, Mellie does have things managed on the marital front. But I think Fitz and Liv have an inexplicable attraction to one another.” She cryptically adds: “People may be surprised to discover what certain motives are in the situations they’ve been working in.”

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In other words, while Rhimes declined to survey the path that Olivia and Fitz’s roller coaster of a relationship would take this season (which opens with a run of 10 episodes, followed by a springtime blast of 12) — as she explains, “We always end an episode in one place and by the time you reach 20 minutes into another, we’re in a completely different place” — she did allow this much: “It’s not finished.”

We asked each Scandal series regular to offer three random words (or phrases) to sum up the Oct. 3 season premiere. Click through this gallery to see who said what.


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Kerry Washington and Olivia Pope are both style icons in their own right. However, it's a good thing that the "Scandal" star doesn't stick to the same white suit of armor like her fictional TV character when it comes to dressing up for the red carpet. Washington, who is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, took our breath away in an orange Prada dress. The sequined seams and peekaboo ...
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Here's Your First Look At Shonda Rhimes' New Show 'How To Get Away With Murder'

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Shonda Rhimes is taking over your Thursday nights. The writer/director/producer already has two fan-favorite shows on ABC with "Scandal" and "Grey's Anatomy," but she has new one joining the lineup. "How to Get Away with Murder" stars Viola Davis as a criminal defense professor who gets entangled in a murder conspiracy along with some of her law students. The thriller will also star Alfred Enoch, known best as Dean Thomas f ...
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Shonda Rhimes Says 'Scandal' Won't Make It Past Season 8

Jul 17 2014 12:34pm CDT | Source: Huffington Post

Ready yourselves, gladiators, this isn't good news. Shonda Rhimes, the mastermind behind shows like "Scandal" and "Grey's Anatomy," just revealed a bit of her endgame when it comes to Olivea Pope & Associates and it doesn't go past Season 8. The showrunner spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about plans for the upcoming season of the show and admitted she doesn't see too many years left for Olivia, Fitz and the rest ...
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