Mellie is trading Fitz for Fritz.
Scandal has tapped Jon Tenney (aka Fritz from TNT’s The Closer and spin-off Major Crimes) to join the Season 3 cast as a rumored love interest for Bellamy Young’s love-starved FLOTUS, TVLine has learned exclusively.
There will be less Scandal on ABC‘s schedule this season than originally planned. KERRY WASHINGTONThe network has reduced the order for the hot Shonda Rhimes drama from 22 to 18 episodes. The network wouldn’t give a reason for the cutback but, of course, it is not because ABC doesn’t want a full season of Scandal — it would gladly take 40 episodes a season from its new flagship drama series if it could. But Scandal star Kerry Washington is pregnant, and it’s getting hard to hide the pregnancy in loose-fitting clothes for the normally super stylish and elegant Olivia Pope — and it’s hard to reduce Washington’s workload as Pope is the show and in most scenes. The episode reduction would probably be an unexpected but welcome relief for Scandal‘s writers as it is extremely hard to sustain a dense serialized drama like Scandal for a 22-episode season. (The show did seven episodes in Season 1 and 22 in Season 2.) Scandal cannot be hotter — season-to-date, the series is up 57% in adults 18-49 (4.4) and 50% in total viewers (12.6 million) vs. last year. It is the fastest-growing returning series this season and in the so-important C3 ratings that determine ad revenues, Scandal just moved ahead of NBC’s breakout The Blacklist (3.58 rating vs. 3.55). Scandal also has been regularly building on its Grey’s Anatomy lead-in, by a best-ever 29% last night. A pregnancy of a series’ leading lady has led to shortening a season before, most recently with HBO’s True Blood and Anna Paquin.
What was it like having to lick Katie’s face and torture Quinn?
It just goes to another level of craziness with Huck. He’s never tortured someone that he loves in the family. Katie and I love each other and it was really tough and strange shooting that. There was a really interesting energy when we were shooting it because it was so odd, and we just went for it. We feel so comfortable with each other, so it was easy to be close and get into it without worrying about the other person’s comfort level. Poor Katie was naked and tied up in tape and already in a vulnerable position, and I had to stick this iron rod in her mouth. It was just nuts! I kept saying to the director, “I can feel her teeth!” He kept telling me, “Get the pliers way in there!” Katie was just like, “Just go for it!” She was such a trooper.
Vulture put up a new article about Melle and a look back at her hair – read it HERE
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“I’m team Shonda Rhimes!” she says. “Whatever she writes is what I’m rooting for. And I guess I’m for Team Happy Olivia. I just want Olivia to be with the person who is right for her, and I guess we’ll have to see how that unfolds.”
Hm, how very diplomatic of you Liv, er, Kerry. But obviously Scandal is so much more than just a love triangle guessing game. There are much bigger fish to fry in the world of Olivia Pope.
“Operation Remington is a big part of what the show is about right now in a similar role that Defiance played last season,” Washington teases. “So it is the big scandal and there’s lots more to learn about it, if you stay tuned. And it gets crazier and crazier in the most wonderful way.”
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