NEWS – Scandal The Final Season Details

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KERRY WASHINGTON

 

ABC has confirmed Scandal‘s upcoming seventh season will be the show’s last. The announcement was made by ABC president Channing Dungey during a conference call with reporters.

The ABC drama’s seventh and final season will consist of 18 episodes. That represents a two-episode increase over Season 6, which was scaled back from 22 to 16 episodes due to leading lady Kerry Washington’s pregnancy.

Exec Producer Shonda Rhimes was quoted as stating:

‘’We are going all out. Leaving nothing on the table. Creating this world in celebration. We are going to handle the end the way we like to handle the important things in our Scandal family: all together, white hats on, gladiators running full speed over a cliff.”

After putting in six seasons as a Scandal recurring player, George Newbern is being promoted to a full-fledged series regular for the ABC’s drama’s upcoming seventh and final season.

Since his introduction, Charlie has (mostly) shed his shady ways, taking a job at OPA and planning a future with Quinn, his blushing bride-to-be — that is, assuming her lingering feelings for Huck don’t put a damper on the big day.

Olivia being named Mellie’s chief of staff doesn’t change Rowan’s agenda; who never wanted to spend any time at the White House.

As for the final Season, fans are perhaps hoping there’s still love between Fitz and Olivia. Actor Tony Goldwyn said of his character Fitz:

“The relationship is a delicate balancing act, one that becomes more difficult as the seasons progress. Fitz is in love with Olivia, and he always will be. He’s learned how to manage that. He’s grateful that she’s still in his orbit and that he can have a business relationship with her. In some sense, they have a very strong connection, even though it’s very painful for them to be together. They’re honest with each other, they have a sort of short-hand communication. But for Fitz, he’s had to make his peace with the fact that Olivia does not want him. It’s just one of those things in life that causes him grief — but he’s had a lot of that over the years, so he’s no stranger to it.”

Meanwhile Olivia’s other love interest, Jake Ballard is trapped in a tragic marriage. Actor Scott Foley says of his character ‘Jake’ that he believes a romantic reunion with Olivia is still possible… at some point.

“Jake’s in a really tough spot. He’s living in this home with a woman he doesn’t love-he probably doesn’t even like her, to be honest-but he understands her predicament, as anyone would. If you’re in a relationship with someone, and you don’t want to be there, but they do, it’s really difficult. I think he feels awful about it. But at the same time, she’s a pawn in a much bigger chess game.”

The final Season’s return has been confirmed but the date has yet to be announced.

 

 

 

 

 

Where Have Your Shows Gone?

Welcome to mid-season.

All your favourite shows ended this month and now make room for a slew of new shows. Some of these shows are always broadcast at mid-season. We’re glad to see these faves returning this mid-season:

MILLON DOLLAR LISTING NEW YORK

After the recent trauma of Ryan Serhant’s nuptials and the shock announcement at the end of last Season that Luis was quitting Real Estate, we are so glad to see the return of high-kicking Frederik and his artist husband ‘Big D’ formerly known as Derek the Brit.

The season opener set the bar high with Ryan landing a new portfolio of one hundred houses all needing to be sold in just ninety days. Frederik was equally under pressure to sell an apartment with a communal garden for a fussy client who had him up against the wall right up to the last frame of the episode. Let’s see if the pace can continue all Season.

CASUAL

This one is worth binge-watching previous Seasons on one very rainy weekend. (Amazon Video). The story of a psychiatrist who has to live with her brother when her relationship crumbles. Taking her teenage daughter in tow provides the angst of the piece until you factor in how the brother has a startup dating app and has to sell it when it fails at market. He uses it to find a girlfriend and its a disaster. If you like watching dysfunctional families go through their worst day ever, this ones for you.

THE NEW SHOWS

American Gods (Starz)

Not for the faint-hearted, the cursing, sex scenes, and violence took me to almost two episodes before I switched off. Not for me.

The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)

The retelling of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 epic novel, giving us an insider’s view of debauchery at the hands of the elite in a hellish dystopian society where women are sold as chattle, made to bear children for barren couples. Its mesmerising to watch Elisabeth Moss cope with the gravity of the situation her character, Offred, finds herself in. Compelling watching on catch up as the series has just ended its first run.

Downward Dog (ABC)

A lonely dog navigates the complexity of 21st century relationships. The dog narrates each episode with some funny insights. It’s kind of sad but it’s always upbeat too. His owner is a workaholic who the dog realises only turns to him when her life is in the toilet. Her ex spends more time with the dog as he was adopted by them when they were a couple, but now they’re deciding what they are.

 

Check out the cancelled shows page to find out if your tv faves are returning in the Fall.

 

Grey’s Anatomy Season 13 – Ring of Fire – Season Finale

A dangerous patient on the run from the police forced Stephanie to get him out of the hospital. He tried to start a fire so they could evacuate the hospital and he would get away in the crowd, unseen, but instead Stephanie doused him in flammable chemicals and then watched him catch alight.

After the explosion at the end of the previous episode we picked right up from here we left off.

Alex faced a difficult decision in his relationship with Jo; finding her ex-husband and wanting to warn him to leave Jo alone, but deciding it wasn’t a good idea.

Meredith gave the big news about Meghan being found alive to Nathan but it meant their relationship was over when she saw how happy he was about the news. Owen was in shock while he watched the helicopter land with Meghan inside.

Stephanie managed to get Erin to the roof and gave her CPR until Dr Warren found them and got her to an ER. Stephanie’s burns are so severe she may never operate again, but when Richard tells her she resigns her post, citing wanting to travel and explore.

Dr Minnick got fired when Bailey pointed out her flaws; and Arizona didn’t take the news very well.

Maggie likes Jackson and there’s a spark of interest in her from him that catches April’s attention but she gives Maggie her blessing to pursue him.

 

Scandal Season 6 – Transfer of Power – Season Finale

SCANDAL-SEASON-3-TV-SERIESIn the final days of his presidency, Fitz uses his power to make some unexpected changes. He becomes the Head of B613 briefly before Liv steals it from under him; leaving him with just his new life in Vermont running his Foundation, with Marcus.

Mellie invites Cyrus to the Inauguration Ball as her date. He accepts.

Luna Vargas is exposed as the person behind Frankie’s murder. She didn’t want to be First Lady and paid Paes and fake Samantha to make sure Mellie won, but they overstepped and shot him. Later, Luna is forced to commit suicide while Jake sits by her side and waits until she is dead.

Liv reveals to Cyrus that she knows he’s the one who put the idea into Luna’s head about getting Frankie killed, with the references to a powerful vision of Jackie Kennedy covered in her husband’s blood being referenced in the same way Luna had told it to Liv. However, instead of being furious she says they both get what they want. Cyrus as VP an Liv in the White House.

Scandal – Season 6 – Tick Tock

As the clock ticks down to the inauguration of the first female President of the United States, and Vice-President; Olivia takes a big risk to ensure Mellie’s safety.

Mia (Liv’s Mom) is held captive while Team Fitz try to get her to give up the name of who hired her to assassinate Mellie on Inaguration Day. When she’s released they try to trace her but she’s torn out her chip. Rowan is furious, understandably. Jake takes a tac team to storm the warehouse where Mia was holed up and finds plans on the wall for Mellie’s inauguration assassination.

Quinn reveals she’s pregnant to a relieved Abby who has come in out of the cold. Fitz signs an Executive Order liberating funds for a revamped B613 with him at the Head. Liv ain’t gonna let that happen.

There’s a lovely scene where Fitz is about to leave the White House for the final time and Liv runs to him, in front of the cameras, and they kiss passionately.

Very well done.

The Blacklist Season 4 – Mr Kaplan – Season Finale

Facing a crippling siege on his organization, Red tracks down a thief enlisted by Mr Kaplan for a mysterious assignment. Agent Gale takes extreme measures in his investigation into the conduct of his Task Force, forcing Mr Kaplan to testify at the Grand Jury in exchange or immunity.
Liz confronts the biggest questions about her past. Raymond Reddington is her Father.
Red sets a dangerous plan into motion to protect the Task Force, as Kaplan initiates the final phase of her assault. Meanwhile, Ressler gets into hot water when he tussles with Hitchin and she smashes her head and dies.
Aram is subpoenaed and makes a hash of his testimony, only to learn that his girlfriend Janet was the one who gave him up. Nabobi knew but kept it from him, and they kiss. At last !
Mr. Kaplan needs to be taken care of
Tricked by Reddington for the last time, Mr Kaplan jumps off a bridge into the icy depths below rather than go to prison for her crimes.
It’s an excellent ending to the last four episodes, which have been very powerful and very emotional.
The arrival of Tom Keane in the last few minutes of the Season finale was very welcome as we just learnt The Blacklist:Redemption has been cancelled.

The Blacklist Season 4 – The Debt Collector

When Liz becomes the target of a mercenary, the Debt Collector, Red turns to an unlikely source for help. He phones Mr Kaplan to make a truce so she can help keep Liz safe.

Meanwhile, Ressler faces a complication in his efforts to stay ahead of Gale’s investigation.

Ressler brings in Marvin, Red’s Attorney, and they talk in whispers behind Agent Gales’ back so he doesn’t realise Ressler is helping Reddington with his list.

Red and Dembe camp out in a cabin in the woods and lie in wait for Mr Kaplan to ‘rescue’ Liz. Red lures Mr Kaplan up to the cabin on the premise that Liz has been kidnapped by the Debt collector but Liz shouts out and warns her that its a trap.

Agent Gale who has tailed Ressler up to the cabin, opens fire; narrowly missing Mr Kaplan before she heads off into the woods with her security Team in tow.

Later, Agent Gale asks Ressler about Reddington and he’s deadpan about him, not realising the Gale now knows Ressler’s true agenda.

Don’t miss the finale tonight at 9/8c on FOX.