“We’re in a very different spot and everybody has been wiped clean, and anything goes, in a weird way,” Shonda Rhimes recently told The Hollywood Reporter. What does that really mean? Well, we’re hitting reset on the upcoming fourth season of Scandal. When the show returns from hiatus, everything will be different and in a way, that’s sort of a good thing.
We left off season 3 with Olivia Pope realizing she was the scandal, aka, probably the greatest realization ever. So what now? Olivia Pope and Associates doesn’t exist anymore and Liv ran away with Jake. The President has been re-elected, at the cost of losing his son. No one knows that Olivia’s father is actually a master manipulator whose behind every horrible thing that’s ever happened, except for Harrison, whose as good as dead at this point. How do we pick up from here?
How much more Scandal does Shonda have in her?
- The beautiful thing about Shonda is that she tight lipped. She gives away tidbits of spoilers, without really giving away too much. She already knows how Scandal will end and she knows its not going to last 8 or 10 seasons. (Bummer.)
“I’m not worried about that at all. I’ve already decided when Scandal is ending. I think there’s only so much Scandal you can tell satisfactorily. The Fitz-Liv thing can only be told so long and in such a way. It’s not a 10-season or eight-season show. I’ve already decided how long that is and what that’s going to be. I’m not really worried about that,” she told THR.
Does that mean it’ll be a good 4 more seasons, which should be the equivalent of four years= the president’s term? Or, will we still get a little peek into what Fitz is like when he isn’t President anymore? It would definitely be interesting to see his love affair with Liv play out outside of the White House. Do they finally get Vermont? Unfortunately, Shonda’s decisions aren’t at all affected by what the viewers want because she already knows how everything will end and she’s set herself parameters to make sure she sticks to the story she wants to tell.
“It would be interesting. But I’ve given myself a parameter of what that is, and whether or not that means we end up deciding to stretch or shrink his presidency based on that remains to be seen,” she said.
Is Harrison really dead?
- This ones kind of a no brainer considering all the hoopla surrounding Columbus Short.
“His absence will be explained definitively. What you think happened to his character happened to his character,” Rhimes admitted.
That isn’t to say that his death isn’t tragic or sad. On the show, Harrison was a downright great Gladiator. Whose most affected by his death? “Olivia, really, but all the Gladiators are. It will be very devastating for Abby in a surprising way. You’ll see how she’s coping with it in a very different way than you would expect.”
How is everyone impacted by Olivia’s departure?
- “Everyone has been betrayed, and the family has been blown apart. I love the idea that Liv really felt by getting on the plane she was doing what was best for everybody. She’s been tricked in a horrible way, and she’s very possibly completely wrong. What has happened to Harrison happened. What she discovers about that is going to be very bad. The betrayals are very bad, and how those betrayals change everyone is going to be permanent. Those changes will be permanent, and how she deals with that is going to be permanent. The world we are coming back to will be forever changed and forever different, and that is going to be very interesting. We’re really excited. I can’t wait for the first table read. Kerry keeps calling me and going, “What’s happening?””, Rhimes explained.
Hucks family is alive! How does Huck deal?
- [Finding out his family is alive] “It’s going to have a profound affect, possibly not in the way you think. Huck is a very damaged soul in every aspect of his life, and he came to terms with something; he let go of those people. He let go of the fact that they existed. That’s what I love about the [season three] finale, when he says, “They didn’t exist anymore.” He wasn’t sure they were alive, so he let go of the idea that they existed. To discover that they were real is almost devastating to him, because he had stopped fighting. If you stop fighting for something and then discover it was out there and you should have been fighting all along, that’s horrible. It’s going to be devastating for him,” Rhimes said.
Much of season 3 focused more on the Gladiators individual story-lines rather then the love affair between Liv and Fitz. Shonda is super excited to get back to Olivia-centric storytelling, which she had to veer away from because of Kerry’s pregnancy. I’m all for the Olivia storyline, but I don’t want to fall off with the other potential story lines either. We now know the world doesn’t only revolve around Liv. She doesn’t have it all together like we thought. In a way, Abbey took over Liv’s role this season and I hope she holds onto that bravery and freedom. The Huck storyline should be really interesting because now Quinn’s feelings are also in the mix. It’s not just solo Huck taking on this realization. He’s fallen in love and so has she. I love me some Liv and Fitz, but I also like the others too.
Sound off below with your thoughts/hopes/wishes.
Photo Credit: Scandal/ABC
Disney+ Announces ‘Hawkeye’ Premiere Date
Hawkeye has a premiere date!
Disney+ has announced the premiere date on Wednesday, November 24. Jeremy Renner stars as Clint Barton, and his character will be introduced to a new young female archer Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld) one of his biggest fans.
While the exact plot is unknown, it’s assumed that it will showcase the journey of Bishop’s training under Barton to become the new Hawkeye.
Bishop and Barton come from the Marvel Universe and were originally seen in the 2000s in Young Avengers comics.
Hawkeye is certainly not the first live-action MCU show for Disney+, the first was Wandavision, proceeded by The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and its latest release Loki.
The series will have some big shoes to fill, as Loki managed to make it to number six on the Nielsen chart with 731 million minutes viewed, making it the best MCU release for Disney+.
MCU live-actions do very well on the streaming platform, as Wandavision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier have both secured 28 Emmy nominations.
Netflix’s ‘Sweet Tooth’ Secures A Season 2
It’s official, Netflix’s original show Sweet Tooth is renewed for an 8-episode Season 2. Following its June 8th release, it secured a spot on Netflix’s top streaming shows with over 60M viewers.
The adaptation of the popular DC comic book series by Jeff Lemire follows the story of Gus, a part boy, part deer hybrid who is on the run for safety. After a worldwide pandemic broke out around the world, hybrids are being hunted and blamed for the outbreak.
He teams up with a motley group to find answers regarding the genesis of the disease as well as the origins of hybrids.
It stars new faces and new names, including Nonso Anozie, Aliza Vellani, Adeel Akhtar, and Stefania LaVie Owen. The hour-long episodes are more like mini-movies, with beautiful cinematography and it certainly speaks to the current state of the world.
While the release date is TBD, we can assume it won’t be coming out until next summer at the earliest.
FOX 2021-2022 Premiere Dates – Here’s When ‘The Resident,’ ‘The Masked Singer’ and More Return
FOX is gearing up for the Fall 2021-2022 TV season with fan-favorite shows and plenty of newcomers to keep you busy.
Here’s the upcoming schedule – set your DVRs accordingly! *Times in ET/PT/ New shows in bold*
Monday, Sept. 20
8-9 PM 9-1-1 (Season 5 premiere)
9-10 PM The Big Leap
Tuesday, Sept. 21
8-9 PM The Resident (Season 5 premiere)
9-10 PM Our Kind of People
Wednesday, Sept. 22
8-9 PM The Masked Singer (Season 6 premiere)
9-10 PM Alter Ego
Thursday, Sept. 23
8-9 PM The Masked Singer (Part 2)
9-10 PM Alter Ego (Part 2)
Sunday, Sept. 26
8-8:30 PM The Simpsons (Season 33 premiere)
8:30-9 PM The Great North (Season 2 premiere)
9-9:30 PM Bob’s Burgers (Season 12 premiere)
9:30-10 PM Family Guy (Season 19 premiere)
Thursday, Beginning Oct. 7
8 PM /5 PM Thursday Night Football on Fox
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