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Scandal is going out on its own terms—and not a moment too soon

When it was announced that Scandal will end after its upcoming seventh season—a decision made by the show’s creator, TV superproducer Shonda Rhimes—it felt like the right choice. In its sixth season, the show found itself lost in convoluted plots and falling ratings. Its recent finale hit a ratings low, with…

Shonda Rhimes’ characters are defined by what they drink

A go-to drink isn’t necessarily a reflection of character, but as with most predilections, it’s definitely a part of someone—one of the infinite threads that makes up the fabric of a person. When it comes to creating TV characters, a signature drink can make for convenient shorthand. Raylan Givens loved bourbon,…

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Olivia Pope stares into the abyss, yet again, in a middling Scandal

In “The Miseducation Of Susan Ross,” the stock Scandal scene in which Quinn and Huck tape photos to the windows while hurling exposition is set to Sam And Dave’s “Hold On, I’m Comin.” According to TuneFind, which catalogues pop music cues in television shows, this is the third time Scandal has used “Hold On, I’m…