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Creator Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy) has a new ABC provocative drama. It is sure to grab your attention and have you glued to the television screen. Scandal is based on George W. Bush former administrative press aide, Judy Smith (who also serves as Co-Executive Producer), it takes us into the world of former president aide and attorney turned team leader Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington, Night Catches Us) and her crisis management team.

Pope is now a turned professional ‘fixer’ who is skilled in making problems go away before the public world even knows they exist.  Regardless of your military rank, judicial and or controversial status, or if you are the President of the United States, Olivia gets the job done. In essence, she is a borderline living legend in her field. In the midst of it all, regardless of how many fires Olivia and her crew are able to put out, there is bound to be some personal damage control that will arise. Each week they race against the clock to resolve titillating new problems before they have an opportunity to become full-blown catastrophes. In addition to the client’s problems the team has to deal with their own personal dilemmas.

Rhimes does an admirable job of writing a very direct, “no holds barred” show that is complete with a modern and hip twist. Men and women alike can expect a very relatable show that is bound to keep them on the edge of their couch. In addition to a great storyline, the casting is quite on point. There is everything from the ‘retired’ womanizer (Henry Ian Cusick), to the computer wiz with a CIA past (Guillermo Diaz), the quick-witted firm’s investigator (Darby Stanchfield), a smooth and proficient litigator (Columbus Short), and of course you got to have the fresh-faced rookie (Katie Lowes). As a whole all of the actors fit their roles and they do so with great chemistry. Scandal is complete with engaging plot points, fast-paced dialogue, traditional soap opera elements, penetrating story lines intertwined with the latest political deception. It is quite evident in just the first two episodes the story is clearly established. Each episode not only provides a new ‘scandal’ to hide, but within in each story there is also another layer that is peeled back to reveal the “ultimate” scandal.

After watching the first two episodes, one might say that Rhimes just might have another big hit on her hands. And if ABC commits to it fully, there is no telling the amount of ratings that it will bring to the network. For those of you who are in the search for a fresh mid-spring Thursday night fix, Scandal should fit the bill.

Scandal, 10.0 out of 10 based on 1 rating
Reviewed by Grace Gipson on 19 April 2012

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