Desmond, you have to come baaaaaaack!
Sonya Walger — AKA Lost‘s Penny — is joining Scandal in a potentially recurring role, TVLine has learned exclusively.
Walger, who is also set to recur this fall on NBC’s Parenthood, joins a Season 4 guest cast that also includes Portia de Rossi, Mary McCormack and Josh Randall.
Scandal returns on Thursday, Sept. 25, now hammocked between Grey’s Anatomy and the new Shondaland drama How to Get Away With Murder.
— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) August 16, 2014
Mary McCormack and Josh Randall have landed guest-starring roles on Scandal, EW has learned.
The In Plain Sight and CSI alums, respectively, will play a couple in an episode slated for early October. Further details on their roles are being kept under wraps, which means the comments section is open for your guesses.
Though McCormack is a newbie to Shondaland, Randall has previously appeared on both Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice, though he played two different roles.
Scandal returns for season 4 on Sept. 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
This morning Primetime Emmy Awards executive producer Don Mischer announced 13 presenters for the upcoming 66th telecast on Monday August 25, and from the bevy of film talent scheduled to appear onstage, one would think it’s a kudo ceremony for cinema. However, it’s just a further indication of how television continues to be in the midst of its second golden age, attracting such marquee names as Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson (both facing off in the drama lead actor category for their work on HBO’s True Detective), Julia Roberts (movie/miniseries supporting actress nominee for The Normal Heart) and Halle Berry (Emmy winner movie/miniseries actress for 2000?s Introducing Dorothy Dandridge). From the music world, there’s Voice hosts Gwen Stefani and Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine presenting. This year’s drama acting nominees Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife) and Kerry Washington (Scandal) are also on deck. And from the comedy sphere, there’s Zooey Deschanel (New Girl), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) and Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation) who will also be handing out trophies.
Patrick Adams (“Suits”), Uzo Aduba (“Orange is the New Black”), Fred Armisen (“Portlandia”), Carrie Brownstein (“Portlandia”), Laverne Cox (“Orange is the New Black”), Morgan Freeman (“Through the Wormhole”), Vince Gilligan (“Breaking Bad”), Tony Goldwyn (“Scandal”), Judy Greer (“Archer”), Jonathan Groff (“The Normal Heart”), Tim Gunn (“Project Runway”), Tony Hale (“Veep”), Allison Janney (“Mom,” “Masters of Sex”), Keegan Michael Key (“Key and Peele”), Heidi Klum (“Project Runway”), Nick Kroll (“Kroll Show”), Jane Lynch (“Hollywood Game Night,” “Glee”), Natasha Lyonne (“Orange is the New Black”), Joe Manganiello (“True Blood”), Joel McHale (“The Soup,” “Community”), Kumail Nanjiani (“Silicon Valley”), Jordan Peele (“Key And Peele”), Carrie Preston (2013 Creative Arts Emmy winner and star of “True Blood”), Sarah Rafferty (“Suits”), Jim Rash (“Inside The Writers Room,” “Community”), Paul Scheer (“The League”), Amy Schumer (“Inside Amy Schumer”), Adam Shankman (“So You Think You Can Dance?”), Aisha Tyler (“Archer”), Matt Walsh (“Veep”), Matt Weiner (“Mad Men”), Zach Woods (“Silicon Valley”) and Bellamy Young (“Scandal”).
Bellamy Young has said she has “won the lottery” with her Scandal character because roles for women in their forties are rare.
The actress, 44, has played strong-willed and eloquent First Lady Mellie Grant since the show began in 2012.
“I’m a woman in her forties in Hollywood, so it’s almost like winning the lottery that I should have a role this wonderful,” she said.
“But I also feel like the tide is turning. As stories are getting more complicated on television, people are having to realise that everyone, regardless of gender, is complicated and interesting.”
Bellamy, who met the real First Lady Michelle Obama earlier this year, has worked with Scandal’s writer Shonda Rhimes before, on Grey’s Anatomy.
“I’m so proud to be a part of ‘Shondaland’,” the actress said.
“She is the only person for actresses, she is our Shakespeare. She gives us long thoughts and glorious articulate monologues that have internal contradictions, and where you ride the wave of your own humanity, frustration, possibility, grace and flawed humanity. It’s a joy.”
:: Scandal returns to Sky Living on Thursday, July 31.
At a Washington DC fundraiser hosted by Scandal scribe Shonda Rhimes and star Kerry Washington last night, President Barack Obama joked about the accuracy of the hit ABC drama series.
According to White House pool reports, the President is quoted as saying, “No offense – Scandal is a great show, but it’s not something that we necessarily want to be living out day in, day out.”
Later in his speech, Obama went on to praise Washington for her campaigning efforts during the last presidential election, commenting “there were few people who worked harder.”
Delia: Anything you can tell us about how Scandal will handle Columbus Short’s exit?
Wear black when you tune in for the premiere because Harrison will be long gone. “I think the key with every character’s exit on all of our shows is the writers try to find the most appropriate and interesting and phenomenal way of exiting the character,” Betsy Beers said. “I think, as a fan, they found an amazing explosive and dramatic way for him to exit.”
start the countdown. Scandal season 4 premieres Sept 25.