ABC renews 'Scandal,' 'Grey's Anatomy, 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' and more - Los Angeles Times

ABC, the only network to have bypassed handing out early renewals for its series, is finally feeling generous.

Returning for the 2014-2015 season are “Scandal,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Once Upon a Time,” “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” “Resurrection,” “Castle,” “Revenge,” as well as comedies “Modern Family” and “The Goldbergs.”

Among the #soobvious renewals is that for “Scandal.” The buzzy soap starring Kerry Washington didn’t slow in its third season, storyline-wise, or buzz-wise. And it translated in the ratings, with it averaging a 3.0 among the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demo and 9 million total viewers. Numbers that increase significantly when DVR viewings over seven days are factored in.

Rhimes’ other addictive soap, “Grey’s Anatomy” will return for an 11th season. The veteran medical drama remains a force on ABC’s slate. This season saw the exit of original cast member Sandra Oh.

Meanwhile, fantasy drama “Once Upon a Time” got a life extension even while its Alice in Wonderland spinoff got the boot earlier in the season. Its third season took a slight dip, averaging a 2.2 among the 18-49 demo on crowded Sunday night.

And newbies “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” survived the cut. The renewal of the “S.H.I.E.L.D,” despite its modest ratings, was not unexpected. And it comes in conjunction with the pickup of another Marvel property and Captain America spin-off “Marvel’s Agent Carter.” As for freshman drama “Resurrection,” the show about dead people returning to life in a small town, has been a strong performer in the demo.

Kerry Washington and Nnamdi Asomugha Welcome a Daughter - Yahoo

Good Morning America - Kerry Washington and Nnamdi Asomugha Welcome a Daughter (ABC News)

It’s a girl for Kerry Washington.

The “Scandal” star gave birth to a daughter, Isabelle Amarachi, on April 21, according to a birth certificate posted by TMZ.

"Kerry is at home, busy with the baby," a source told People.

This is the first child for Washington, 37, and her husband, former NFL player Nnamdi Asomugha. The couple married last July in a secret ceremony in Blaine County, Idaho. Then, following months of rumors and unconfirmed reports, the ABC TV star debuted her baby bump at the Golden Globes in January.
“I have the best date of the night — my little accessory,” she said.

TMZ was the first to report the news.

Scandal Star Tony Goldwyn Stunned By 'Obsessed' D.C. Fans | The Daily Caller

Women were all hot and bothered at the “Global Beat” party at the U.N. Foundation last night. With ABC Scandal‘s Tony Goldwyn in the room, they couldn’t take their eyes off him. He was the most powerful man in attendance, considering he plays “President Fitzgerald Grant” in the drama.

Men at the party, meanwhile, marveled at how young and svelte he looks. Women in the lobby clamored to get their picture taken with him. “I never do this!” one blonde cooed to him. One journo remarked pointedly that he did not want to meet Fitz. “I don’t like it when people break the fourth wall,” he said. “I like him to remain Fitz.”

Asked how people are reacting to his presence in Washington, Goldwyn told The Mirror, “It’s slightly surreal to be in Washington and have people obsessing over the show,” he said.

I then moved on to a slightly dicier question about the hot sexual chemistry he has with Kerry Washington‘s character “Olivia Pope” on the show. But in the moment, I got flustered and could only call her his “love interest” as I forgot Washington’s real name and TV name. What the hell? I asked if the chemistry was real between them, but before I could fully get my question out, Goldwyn’s assy, short, dark-haired handler was all over it, interrupting me. “It’s call acting,” he snapped with a wormy fake laugh as he attempted to pull — more like yank — Goldwyn away. Goldwyn was more polite. He wasn’t bothered by my question and said simply, “Shonda Rhimes put the right people together.”

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This Summer, the smash hit US show Scandal finds its new home on Sky Living HD.

Season 3 will get its UK premiere in the coming months, and you can gorge on seasons 1 and 2 right now On Demand.

Scandal follows the twists and turns of crisis manager, Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington: Ray, Django Unchained) and her team of lawyers, hackers and political insiders. 

Olivia, a former media consultant to the President of the United States, left the White House to open her own prominent crisis management firm and now dedicates her life to protecting and defending the public images of the nation’s elite and keeping their secrets under wraps.

In season 3 fans of the show can look forward to Olivia and her team facing their biggest scandal to date with a surprising allegiance being formed in order to get things handled.

Scandal dropped by More4 in the UK after two seasons

Channel 4 has confirmed that it has dropped US drama Scandal.

The broadcaster aired the first two seasons of the Kerry Washington series on More4, but will not be acquiring further episodes, Digital Spy can reveal.

"We can confirm that More4 will not be showing the new season of Scandal,” said a Channel 4 spokesperson.

"We appreciate that this may be disappointing news to fans of the show, and decisions like these are never taken lightly, but please be assured that, as always, we’re striving to bring other new and exciting shows to the channel."

Following Washington ‘fixer’ Olivia Pope (Washington) and her team, the series - created by Shonda Rhimes - scored an Emmy win in 2013 and has also been nominated for a Golden Globe.

The third season of Scandal premiered on ABC in October 2013 and wrapped on US screens earlier this month.

ABC is yet to announce its schedule for the 2014-15 season, though Scandal is widely expected to be renewed for a fourth season.

2014 TIME 100 Most Influential People: The Artists

Kerry Washington:  The actor who projects strength amid scandal

Occasionally in American pop culture, an icon emerges who captivates us and provides a vivid snapshot of who we are and the changing times in which we live. In her role as Olivia Pope, Scandal’s unflappable political fixer, Kerry Washington has used her grace and vibrant magnetism to transcend age, race and gender, and to provide a new mainstream media lens through which to view modern womanhood and professional excellence.

Setting aside the “scandalous” melodrama necessary to sustain a fictional series so titled, Kerry has offered up a fresh new archetype for what it means to lead while combining courage and compassion, strength and vulnerability, passion, steely discipline and unfailing loyalty. It is a role that makes full use of her distinctive talent for drawing in audiences with such authenticity that we often forget she is acting.

Kerry’s work with the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities since 2009 is also a source of deep inspiration, using arts education to close achievement gaps and ignite passion among young people.

In a world that too often tells little girls to choose between womanhood and success, between femininity and a seat at the head of the table, both onscreen and off Kerry Washington embodies the promise that lives in all our young people to shape their own destinies and succeed as “gladiators” for the causes in which they believe.

written by Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President of the United States and Assistant to the President for Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs in the Obama administration