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'Scandal' Is A Repeat Tonight, So Watch Melissa Harris-Perry & Co Discuss The Show Instead

by Tambay A. Obenson
April 11, 2013 9:46 PM
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For all you Scandalistas out there who'll be suffering from Scandal withdrawal tonight, since the scheduled episode is a repeat, I thought you'd appreciate this 10-minute segment on MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry show, during which she and her panel of guests (Janet Mock, Andrea Plaid, Heather McGhee, and Joy-Ann Reid) had a little Scandal party, discussing the show, its star (Kerry Washington), the character she plays (Olivia Pope) and how she compares to other depictions of black women on screen, the show's creator (Shonda Rhimes), revelatory moments within it, and more.

The segment was taped during last weekend's episode of Melissa Harris-Perry. I'm sure many of you have already watched it; but if you haven't here ya go (don't say I've never done anything nice for you):

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  • j | April 12, 2013 8:46 AMReply

    This awful show should have been cancelled long ago.

  • Lauren | April 12, 2013 3:01 PM

    You better not be talking about Scandal!!!!!! LOL

  • ALM | April 11, 2013 11:13 PMReply

    Joy Ann Reid's personal story is hilarious and sad at the same time. Mellody Hobson has stated that she has been assumed to be the administrative assistant at her company before. SMH

  • AccidentalVisitor | April 11, 2013 10:28 PMReply

    Of course the title that MSNBC put up "why there's nothing strange about the success of Scandal" is not exactly honest. The show was dying in the ratings and would have been pulled from its important timeslot before its run of first season eps had finished if it wasn't for the clout of Ms Rhimes (who essentially had ABC kick to the curb one of her other successful shows "Private Practice" to give "Scandal" an incredibly desirable primetime hour spot). Even the improvement of ratings at the tail end of the first season didn't seem high enough to guarantee a renewal for the second season. But ABC has an important relationship with Rhimes that it didn't want to jeopardize so....voila! This isn't the type of thing that happens all that often on TV so from that standpoint Scandal's survival and its subsequent success is "strange". Strangely unique. It is a testament to Rhimes' standing in the TV industry. I don't consider any of her shows to be great or all that good in some cases, but there is no denying her success.

  • sandra | April 12, 2013 1:15 PM

    @accidental visitor ----The show was low in its first season but got stronger with EACH additional episodes. This was the reason the trigger-happy execs didn't pull the trigger. Not so much Rhimes' reputation. They had no problem killing "Off the Map" (produced not created by Rhimes) when the ratings showed no sign of life. Most shows bleed viewers after their high/low debut. Scandal was a show with a dedicated and vocal fanbase from the start. It just kept getting stronger. Then summer came around and Twitter/further word-of-mouth/Netflix/Tumblr took the show to where it is today.

  • ALM | April 11, 2013 11:05 PM

    You must also take into account that this show is a social media JUGGERNAUT. Networks are now also tracking social media engagement to gauge the popularity of television shows. Ratings are not the only element of the renewal equation.

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