SCANDAL: ABC Confirms Final Season and Shonda Rhimes Comments on the End of The Show

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SCANDAL is coming to an end, Gladiators! During her call today regarding ABC’s new fall 2017 schedule, ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey confirmed that the show would be coming to an end in season 7.

“Shonda has decided the series needs to come to a close, and while this is definitely a bittersweet moment for all of us gladiators, I have no doubt what she has in store for the final season will be as powerful as what’s come before, and we will be sure to honor that every step of the way,” said Dungey in a statement.

“Deciding how to end a show is easy,” said Shonda Rhimes, SCANDAL’s creator and executive producer. “Deciding when to finish is quite simple when the end date is years away. But actually going through with it? Actually standing up to say: ‘This is it?’ Not so much. So, next year we are going all out. Leaving nothing on the table. Creating this world in celebration. We are going to handle the end the way we like to handle the important things in our SCANDAL family: all together, white hats on, gladiators running full speed over a cliff.”

SCANDAL’s final season will air on Thursdays at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT this fall on ABC.

SCANDAL Sneak Peek: From Abby’s Point of View

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SCANDAL fans were in for a surprise last week when it was revealed that Abby was working with the people who schemed to assassinate Frankie Vargas. Has Abby gone Dark Side?

That’s what we’re going to discover this week when the events leading up to election night will be told from the Chief of Staff’s point of view. Sneak peeks from the episode reveal what look like two important moments that impacted Abby’s decisions. In the first clip we see her meeting with the shadowy figures who ordered Vargas’ death and they want to offer her a great deal of money. At first she believes it’s for Fitz’s presidential library, but it looks like it’s for much more than that.

In the second clip we see Fitz explain what he wants to do after his term is finished (fly-fishing and making jam). But Abby isn’t down with going to Vermont like Fitz . She wants something *more* and she hopes that Fitz’s foundation is a way to accomplish that. But she refuses to do it from Vermont.

Don’t miss an all new episode of SCANDAL tonight (March 30) at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.

SCANDAL Sneak Peek: Things Go Badly For Cyrus

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Olivia has been insistent that Cyrus was responsible for Vargas’ death on SCANDAL and while the White House initially pushed back on that accusation, it looks like Cyrus’ role will be made public soon enough.

In a clip from this week’s episode, David Rosen and the FBI director are giving a news conference and have announced that they are broadening the scope of the Vegars investigation. One of the reporters asks if they’re looking at Cyrus and while David doesn’t confirm him as a suspect specifically, the implication is there that he is a person nof interest. Abby, meanwhile, is very much against this plan and thinks that Olivia is playing Fitz and Cyrus isn’t guilty. In fact, she calls Cyrus to warn him about the impending crisis heading his way.

Don’t miss an all new episode of SCANDAL tonight (February 9) at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

SCANDAL Sneak Peek: Can Olivia Convince Others that Cyrus is Guilty?

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Olivia is convinced that Cyrus is responsible for Vargas’ murder right after his electoral win. And on the season premiere of SCANDAL last week, she managed to get her hands on a tip from a staffer who said that Cyrus had Vargas killed. The U.S. is facing a huge crisis on the show, however. With President-Elect Vargas now dead, no one is entirely sure who should become President. Cyrus, after all, was only the Vice President-Elect when Vargas was killed and Mellie had lost the election (albeit by a small margin). Of course, if Olivia was able to prove that Cyrus was responsible for the election night assassination that would be the easiest way to ensure that he never actually becomes President.

But Olivia is in for a fight. When she tells Fitz, Abby and David about the voicemail and her suspicions about Cyrus’ guilt, they all insist that they have a suspect for Vargas’ murder in custody and no one can find any evidence that Cyrus was responsible for blowing up the staffer’s cabin. Elsewhere in the episode, Fitz calls Cyrus and Mellie together and insists that they figure out how to handle this unprecedented electoral crisis.

This week’s episode is also going to show us flashbacks to the later stages of the election and reveal just how far Olivia was willing to go in order to ensure that her candidate won.

A new episode of SCANDAL airs tonight (February 2) at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

SCANDAL: Watch the Gladiator-Focused Webseries

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What does it take to be a gladiator on SCANDAL? A lot of smarts, a lot of determination and — occasionally — a little bit of willingness to get your hands dirty.

SCANDAL is returning for its sixth season this week and we’re going to find out who the next (fictional) President of the United States is. But until that happens, ABC has a six-part digital series titled “SCANDAL: Gladiator Wanted”, directed by Darby Stanchfield, who plays Abby Whelan. In it, Huck, Quinn and Marcus must find a new intern for Olivia Pope & Associates.

You can watch all six episodes below. SCANDAL returns for an all new season on Thursday, January 26 at 9:01 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

SCANDAL Season 6 Premiere Photos: The Election Results are In!

The season 5 finale of SCANDAL left fans with one big question — who is going to be the next President of the United States? In the finale, both Mellie and Francisco Vargas (her opponent) had chosen their running mates. Vargas had selected Cyrus, who seems eager to return to the White House, while Mellie….well, Mellie’s running mate was actually chosen for her: Jake.

But who will ultimately win the election? That will be revealed in the upcoming sixth season premiere of SCANDAL. ABC has said that the election results will be announced and “the shocking results lead to an explosive outcome”. Place your bets on what that could mean. Meanwhile, photos from the upcoming season premiere also show Fitz dealing with a crisis. After all, he’s still the President for another several months.

Browse through photos above from the season 6 premiere of SCANDAL, airing on Thursday, January 19 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

SCANDAL: ABC Announces the Season 6 Premiere Date

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Are you going through a drought, SCANDAL fans? Have no fear, because ABC has announced the midseason premiere date for the show.

The midseason premiere of SCANDAL will air on Thursday, January 19 9:00 p.m. EST, when the TGIT lineup of GREY’S ANATOMY, SCANDAL and HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER returns with all-new episodes (ay this time he winter finales of GREY’S ANATOMY and HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER will air on Thursday, November 17.

Here’s the new ABC Thursday night schedule beginning in late January:

Thursday, January 19
8:00 p.m. GREY’S ANATOMY
9:00 p.m. SCANDAL
10:00 p.m. HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER

Win SCANDAL Season 5 on DVD

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SCANDAL Season Finale Sneak Peeks: The Search for Mellie’s Running Mate

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Mellie secured herself the Republican nomination for President in last week’s SCANDAL when Susan dropped out of the primary and Olivia took Hollis Doyle down. But now Mellie has a dilemma: who should she choose to be her running mate?

Mellie sits down with Olivia and her employees this week and they have narrowed down the pool to three candidates with the three “Ms”: male, married and military. Unfortunately, as they go through each candidate they realize all of them are hiding a secret or shady past. That being said, they do decide to go with the only one among them who admits that he acted as a cocaine dealer in college and are going to try and clean up his past for him.

Elsewhere, Edison arrives at Olivia’s office to deliver Jake’s message from the last episode. Olivia doesn’t seem eager to actually help Jake, however. Is that just a ruse or does she know she can’t win by going up against her father here?

Don’t miss the season finale of SCANDAL tonight at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

SCANDAL Sneak Peek: Did Edison Make a Deal With the Devil?

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It looks like Edison is going to come to some not-so-pleasant realizations in this week’s SCANDAL when he discovers that aligning himself with Rowan is akin to making a deal with the devil.

We know that Jake is being groomed to be Edison’s Vice President by Rowan, but apparently Edison doesn’t understand that you don’t cross Rowan. In a clip from tonight’s episode, the Presidential hopeful calls Jake to his office and tells him he’s considering other people as his potential Vice President — people with more experience. Naturally, Jake isn’t happy and makes sure that Edison understands that the choice is not his to make.

Elsewhere in the episode, Olivia and Abby have to put their differences aside and work together to try and take Hollis Doyle down.

Don’t miss an all new episode of SCANDAL tonight (May 5) at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.