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Standing O to Debbie Allen for directing tonight’s #Scandal.

Black female show runner (Shonda Rhimes), black female lead (Kerry Washington), and black female director!

(It’s the SECOND time ever on #Scandal that this has happened.  Ava DuVernay was the first black female director with episode #308, “Vermont is for Lovers, Too.”)

Congratulations to #Scandal - the 2014 Peabody Award honoree!

2014 Peabody Award (Scandal) honoree: 

This year’s Peabody Award winners are a typically eclectic list ranging from hits such as ABC’s “Scandal” and AMC’s “Breaking Bad” to Netflix’s groundbreaking drama “House of Cards” to BBC America’s buzzworthy “Orphan Black.”

Among the scripted series selections were FX’s “The Bridge” was recognized for its focus on border and immigration issues in the context of a murder-mystery drama; Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black”; the French zombie drama “The Returned” (which aired on SundanceTV with subtitles); the BBC America mini “Broadchurch” (now being remade for Fox); and Comedy Central’s sketch series “Key & Peele.”

The lone unscripted series getting the nod was CNN’s culinary travelogue “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.” Feature docs on the list include HBO’s “Six by Sondheim” and TCM’s “The Story of Film” and Alex Gibney’s latest for HBO, “Maximum Mea Culpa: Silence in the House of God.” PBS’ sweeping ethnicity studies, “Latino Americans” and “The African-Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates Jr.,” were also selected.

As always, the Peabody kudos recognized a range of breaking news coverage and long-form journalism. Boston radio and TV stations WBZ won for coverage of last year’s Boston Marathon bomb attack. “CBS This Morning” made the cut for anchor Charlie Rose’s one-on-one with Syrian President Bashar al-Asaad.

Al Jazeera America’s “Fault Lines” series garnered two mentions, one for coverage of the cholera outbreak in Haiti and one for its investigation of a garment factory fire in Bangladesh. PBS’ “Frontline” was recognized for its probe of the NFL’s handling of the concussion crisis among players.

Veteran NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw will receive a personal award recognizing his long career in journalism.

“This American Life” host Ira Glass will emcee the Peabody presentation ceremony on May 19 in New York City. Cabler Pivot will air highlights of the ceremony later in the year.

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Loosely based on the exploits of a real Washington, D.C. “fixer,” turbocharged by Kerry Washington’s star turn, Scandal is part West Wing and part Dynasty, an exaggerated, outrageous, fun-house reflection of the real-life political shenanigans we’ve come to loathe and jeer.

source: Variety.com

#Scandal318 - “The Price of Free and Fair Election” Promo Photos. H/T: Seat42F

THE CANDIDATES ARE UNDER THE GUN AS ELECTION DAY ARRIVES, ON ABC’S “SCANDAL”

“The Price of Free and Fair Elections” – Election Day has arrived and nothing is off limits as the candidates try to capture votes. Meanwhile, Olivia tries to understand Maya’s motives and Charlie makes a very surprising move, on the season finale of ABC’s “Scandal,” THURSDAY, APRIL 17.

"The Price of Free and Fair Elections" was written by Shonda Rhimes and Mark Wilding and directed by Tom Verica.

#Scandal318  is the Season 3 Finale of #Scandal!

#Scandal318 Press Release - “The Price of Free and Fair Election”

"The Price of Free and Fair Elections" - Election Day has arrived and nothing is off limits as the candidates try to capture votes. Meanwhile, Olivia tries to understand Maya’s motives and Charlie makes a very surprising move, on the season finale of ABC’s "Scandal," THURSDAY, APRIL 17 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. 

"Scandal" stars Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, 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 Beene, Bellamy Young as Mellie Grant, Joshua Malina as David Rosen and Scott Foley as Captain Jacob "Jake" Ballard.

Guest cast TBA.

"The Price of Free and Fair Elections" was written by Shonda Rhimes and Mark Wilding and directed by Tom Verica.

New Shondaland Drama Series - How to Get Away With Murder - stars Viola Davis! Scandal’s executive producer, Tom Verica has officially joined the cast!

Details from The Hollywood Reporter

THR.com: The two-time Oscar nominee will play a law professor and criminal defense attorney in the drama from executive producers Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers. Viola Davis is headed for Shondaland.  The two-time Academy Award nominee (The Help, Doubt) will star in ABC’s Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers drama pilot How to Get Away With Murder, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The sexy, suspense-driven legal thriller centers on ambitious law students and their brilliant and mysterious criminal defense professor who become entangled in a murder plot that could rock their entire university and change the course of their lives.

Davis will play Annalise DeWitt, the law professor and renowned criminal defense attorney described as brilliant, passionate, creative, charismatic and ruthless in the courtroom and the classroom. The character is an excellent manipulator of people, particularly her law students — five of whom she selects to work with her at the firm. Married to a psychology professor and having an affair that no one can know about, she calls her Criminal Law 100 class “How to Get Away With Murder.”

Grey’s Anatomy'sPeter Nowalk will pen the script and executive produce the ABC Studios drama alongside Shondaland’s Rhimes and Beers (Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal).Michael Offerwill direct the pilot, which will film in Philadelphia. Davis joins a cast that also includesMatt McGorry,Aja Naomi King,Alfie Enoch,Karla Souza,Jack Falahee and new addition Charlie Weber (repped by Resolution, Vanguard Management andGregory Slewett).

Details from Deadline.com:

Deadline.com: Tom Verica (American Dreams) has joined the cast of ABC drama pilot How To Get Away With Murder starring Viola Davis and executive produced by Shonda Rhimes. The sexy, suspense-driven legal thriller centers on ambitious law students and their brilliant and mysterious criminal defense professor, Annalise Dewitt (Davis), who become entangled in a murder plot that could rock their entire university and change the course of their lives. Paradigm-repped Verica will play Annalise’s husband Tom, a psychology professor who comes from a long line of academic royalty.

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I think the way that [Scandal creator] Shonda [Rhimes] writes, it’s very clear for me. I think Rowan has become a voice for Shonda. I think that particular character can say things that other characters in the show just are not in a situation to say. For all of the diversity in Scandal, no one else would be sitting in a room wearing a T-shirt and chains and call a Southern white Republican president a “boy.” And it’s those kinds of things that Rowan has the freedom to say that nobody else could say within the confines of the show. … For the audience it’s all about the shocking joy — if you will — of hearing somebody actually say those kinds of things, especially a black male on television.

Joe Morton on why his character Rowan speaks to so many people to NPR