If you’re a betting man or woman, TV insiders say it’s not a good idea to bet against “Scandal” just yet. As TV executives peruse the numbers in the new world of TV ratings (down, but skewed by “delayed viewers” who no longer watch shows live) there’s not a total consensus yet whether “Scandal” will be back. The seven episode mid-season replacement is helped by its “Grey’s Anatomy” lead-in and a growing but vocal fan base that’s loved what they’ve seen in the four episodes that have already aired.
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If you haven’t yet seen the show, “Scandal” stars Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, a Washington “fixer” who heads a shadowy law firm that does whatever it takes to help clients in trouble. Add a sexy subplot about a philandering President of the United States and his relationship with Pope and each week’s problematic clients and you hopefully have the elements of a hit show.
“Scandal” is based on real-life Washington fixer Judy Smith, who is, like Washington, African-American. Among her clients was NFL star Michael Vick, who needed her assistance in restoring his public image after his dogfighting conviction. Smith is an executive producer on the show, which was created by “Grey’s’ creator Shonda Rhimes, one of television’s highest-ranking African-Americans. Rhimes has another new show in production as well, but “Scandal” fans are hoping her reputation as a hitmaker helps the show stay on the air.