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Scandal is an American political thriller television series starring Kerry Washington (Boston Legal). Created by Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice), it debuted on ABC on April 5, 2012. Kerry Washington’s character, Olivia Pope, is partially based on former George H.W. Bush administration press aide Judy Smith, who serves as a co-executive producer. The show takes place in Washington, D.C. and focuses on Olivia Pope’s crisis management firm, Olivia Pope & Associates, and its staff, as well as staff at the White House.
Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) is a former White House Communications Director for the President of the United States who has left to start her own crisis management firm, Olivia Pope & Associates. Olivia has decided to dedicate her life to protecting the public images of the nation’s elite but is finding that no matter how hard she tries, she cannot leave parts of her past behind.
Olivia Pope & Associates’ staff includes Harrison Wright (Columbus Short, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip), a smooth and efficient litigator; Abby Whelan (Darby Stanchfield, Jericho), the firm’s investigator; Huck (Guillermo Diaz, Weeds), a hacker with a CIA past; and recent recruit Quinn Perkins (Katie Lowes, Easy Money), a fresh faced lawyer with a secret. Another former employee of Pope and Associates was Pope’s good friend, Stephen Finch (Henry Ian Cusick, Lost), a suave detective who was never really tied down to anything. Cusick, known particularly for his role in the U.S. television series Lost, left the show after only one season.