Ok, so I honestly don't get to watch as much television as I'd like to, but I guess that's what DVD box sets and DVR's are for right? At any rate, I wanted to make sure I took the time to check out Shonda Rhimes' newest creation, SCANDAL, which airs on ABC Thursday nights at 10p. Aside from the fact that I was looking for the next best thing since Grey's Anatomy, I was really hoping for a show that portrays African-American women in a position of authority and leadership vs. "bitch, those shoes" and "bitch, imma punch you in the face." While I do watch and enjoy shows like The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Basketball Wives, and Love & Hip-Hop (ATL spinoff coming soon), the same recurring theme (black women finding new and creative ways to stab each other in the back and then fist fight about it) is becoming a little stale and tiring. At least for me because although entertaining I do not identify with that kinda shit. I only find it funny and sad all at the same time which is sick and twisted of me, yes I know.
I was excited about Shonda's new show because its a scripted series written and produced by an African-American female airing on broadcast television, an avenue that has the greatest level of creative exposure and consumer reach, that stars an African-American female lead (Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope) who is smart, witty, polished, imperfect, beautiful, and complex all at the same time. I can identify with and support that methodology on all fronts...not to mention Columbus Short being a delight as well with a nice entry into a supporting role on the prime time scene - easy on the lens and didn't waste time laying down his lines in the first episode which aired last Thursday. From now on he is most definitely my "gladiator in a suit." ;-)
To catch an encore airing of the premiere episode, tune in on Monday, April 9 at 10p on ABC and support an African-American female writer and television producer doing her thing. Shonda, thanks for representing those of us looking for a scripted series that not only models the kind of black men and women many of us are, but also repping the kind of TV writers and creators many of us aspire to be. -Black Girl.
From the creator and executive producers of Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice comes a drama revolving around the life and work of a professional crisis manager and her dysfunctional staff.
A former media relations consultant to the President, Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) dedicates her life to protecting and defending the public images of our nation's elite. After leaving the White House, the power consultant opened her own firm, hoping to start a new chapter—both professionally and personally—but she can't seem to completely cut ties with her past. Slowly it becomes apparent that her staff, who specialize in fixing the lives of other people, can't quite fix the ones closest at hand— their own.
|Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope
Henry Ian Cusick as Stephen Finch
Columbus Short as Harrison Wright
Guillermo Diaz as Huck
Darby Stanchfield as Abby Whelan
|Katie Lowes as Quinn Perkins
Tony Goldwyn as President Fitzgerald Grant
Jeff Perry as Cyrus
Executive Producer / Writer: Shonda Rhimes