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

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

PHOTO | Scandal Season 3 Poster: Olivia’s Secret Is Out

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.”

RELATED | Why Scandal Stars Are Rallying for an Even Better Season 3 — Plus: 28 Teases for the October Premiere

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.”

RELATED | What Happens Next On Scandal : Will Olivia’s Pop Get Quizzed? And Who Tattled?

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.


Source: TV Line

/>
 
 
 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Case Facts
Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Case Facts
The Bill Cosby sexual assault case is to proceed into its preliminary stages. The #1 Black American comedian in the Land of Opportunity is beset by accusations that are very serious in their severity as far as crimes of passion are concerned.
 
 
Fox launches 201 Days Of The X-Files
Fox launches 201 Days Of The X-Files
Fox is broadcasting all X-Files episodes in the lead-up to the premiere of the new X-Files in 2016.
 
 
Harry Shearer is Returning to the Simpsons
Harry Shearer is Returning to the Simpsons
The voice actor left the show in May over contract dispute. He has now signed the same contract as the other voice cast of the show. Shearer will be back for the 27th and 28th season of the "Simpsons"
 
 
David Letterman Talks Life After Retirement
David Letterman Talks Life After Retirement
After all these years of having someone make calls for me, i can no longer operate a telephone, the former host of the "Late Show" says