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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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Shonda Rhimes Says 'Scandal' Won't Make It Past Season 8

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

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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 ...
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Kerry Washington And Cate Blanchett On Why Women Need To Take Risks

Jun 16 2014 1:28pm CDT | Source: Huffington Post

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Although making a mistake -- whether at work or in life -- can be petrifying, Cate Blanchett and Kerry Washington think it's necessary. At the Women In Film Los Angeles Gala on June 11, the 2014 Crystal + Lucy Awards were presented to a group of extraordinary women including Eva Longoria, Rose Byrne, Kerry Washington and Cate Blanchett. While all the women were (unsurprisingly) inspirational, it was Blanchett's and Washington's words that truly hit home. Receivi ...
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Kerry Washington Gives First Post-Baby Interview

Jun 11 2014 8:05am CDT | Source: Huffington Post

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Somebody sound the alarm: Kerry Washington has made a comment about her personal life. In an interview with The Los Angeles Times on June 10, the 37-year-old actress opened up about her feelings on motherhood for the first time since the birth of her daughter, Isabelle Amarachi Asomugha, last month. "I feel really, really blessed," the "Scandal" star said. "I just feel really blessed that I'm kind ...
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Kerry Washington Loves @CIA’s First Tweet

Jun 6 2014 3:12pm CDT | Source: Lost Remote

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Even the CIA is joining the second screen revolution, joining Twitter today. We can neither confirm nor deny that this is our first tweet. — CIA (@CIA) June 6, 2014 And the star of social TV darling "Scandal," Kerry Washington—whose character mixes as a DC power broker and President Fitzgerald Grant's mistress-was loving the CIA's entry into the Twitterverse. “@CIA: We can neither confirm nor deny that this is our first tweet.” LOVE THIS. — kerry washington (@kerrywashi ...
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