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Shonda Rhimes & Cast Reveal 14 Things To Know About Upcoming Season 3 Of ‘Scandal’

Shonda Rhimes & Cast Reveal 14 Things To Know About Upcoming Season 3 Of 'Scandal'

Some Scandal news that should excite fans of the break-out ABC drama series from Shonda Rhimes, starring Kerry Washington.

The Hollywood Reporter recently caught up with Rhimes and Washington, as well as Tony Goldwyn (Fitz), Bellamy Young (Mellie), Darby Stanchfield (Abby), Katie Lowes (Quinn) and Scott Foley (Jake) to preview what’s to come when the drama returns in the fall, for a 3rd season.

THR highlights 14 things they learned from that conversation, that fans should look forward to next season:

1. Rhimes notes that 22 minutes will have passed since the end of season two when viewers learned that Rowan, the head of B613, was Olivia’s father. As the family drama unfolds, the showrunner notes that Morton will most definitely return. As for who finds out about their relationship, that’s another story. “The ramifications of that dad moment? It’s huge,” Lowes teases.

2. “Olivia, with these two bombs of her name being leaked and her dad showing up, has a lot to navigate,” Washington says of Olivia’s incredibly complicated personal life right now. “You’re going to learn a lot about Olivia’s past; it’s really shocking.”

3. While Olivia ended things (again) with Fitz in the season-two finale, the former couple will look to navigate their new and very public “relationship” now that they’ve been outed in the season-three opener. “That is going to pose an interesting challenge for them that we’re going to see them try to deal with in the first episode back,” Rhimes says.

4. Who outed Olivia as Fitz’s mistress? Look for that answer to come in the Oct. 3 premiere. That reveal will serve as a springboard for the first half of the season in the same fashion that Quinn Perkins’ true identity did in the sophomore season starter. All eyes naturally are going to be on Mellie, who stands to gain the most from exposing Olivia as Fitz’s mistress. That typically would mean that Rhimes will likely go anywhere but the obvious. “Mellie is in a really tight spot,” Goldwyn says of the first lady. “Mellie is a tough lady, and one of the cool things about this group of people is they all want to win, and even when we think they’ve lost we discover they have some agenda. Even when Fitz thinks he’s been defeated, he’s got another move, and Mellie is very much the same way.” For her part, Young defended Mellie and noted that there are several people who could stand to gain from that information going public. “You’d be surprised by how many people have motive and opportunity and means,” she explains. “It’s an incredible hour of television of going on the ride to find out who leaked it, and you will find out in the first episode back. It’s the big giant domino and sets the whole season in motion.

For the other 10 items on the list of 14 things to look forward to next season, go to THR’s website HERE, and get even more excited about what’s to come, Gladiators!

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No, I am not referring to the upcoming season of Scandal. I am, however stirring the pot on the new controversy between Lesley Goldberg and Tambay Obenson.

Well, lets flashback.

Off in the not so distant past there was a little abcure blog called The Obenson Report. It's author, editor and staff of one, Tambay O. Obenson, sat in his hamlet in a quaint little village, diligently worked at his craft of "Covering Cinema From All Across The African Diaspora". On a good day a few folks would stop by for a little chit chat, but like now, some posts slid by without a whisper.

His partner in crime, Sergio Mims was there riding shotgun and causing all sorts of mayhem and controversy, but that's another story for another day. However, one of Tambay's more controversial post (which saw Sergio in full display) was titled:

POLL – Rating Black Film Festivals; Your Participation Encouraged

OH BOY! That post received 86 looooong and sometimes heated comments. But of special note, Tambay was more vocal back in the good ol' days, jumping in the fray without hesitation. Then one day he was shootin at some food, and up through the ground came a bubblin crude. Oil that is, black gold, Texas tea, aka IndieWire.

Well the first thing you know ol Tambay's a hundred-naire, kinfolk said "Tambay move away from there". Said "New York City is the place you ought to be" so he loaded up his junk and moved to Brooklyn.

Now enters Lesley Goldberg, a TV addict, lesbian enthusiast and a Dodger fan who just happens to be a TV staff writer at THR. "If you like TV, lesbians & baseball we'll get along fine" say's Lesley. "My opinion is my own and not THR's."

Oh boy, I smell controversy. A Yankee's fan and a Dodgers fan can't get along, can they? Well, baseball aside, there seems to be a new brewhaha on the horizon. Just like some of the more juicy affairs on the TV series Scandal, we have a love affair (of sorts) between a black guy in a position of power and a white girl on the rise. Hmmm, I'm smelling Fitz and Olivia with a little twist, so lets cut from the chase.

Did he or didn't he?

In this new episode of writers at war, did Tambay commit the biggest of cardinal sins in the world of journalism? Some have said all Tambay was required to do (in giving "props" to Lesley) was link her post. Not so fast says Lesley… "Shocked you copied and pasted literally half of my story and then passed it off with your byline. Insulting!"

Oh my, and Lesley was not the only person to stick a fork in Mr. Obenson. The reader SYNTHIA chimed in, throwing her salt on the wound, "I agree with Lesley. Blue Topaz, the link is required and the least the site could do. It doesn't excuse a byline being used for something the author neither wrote nor summarized in his own words. SMH"

Well well well, since I am not a writer I don't know anything about proper writing etiquette, so someone will have to tell me if Lesley and Synthia are standing on solid ground? I mean, is it customary and appropriate to use another writer's article (word for word) without a summation, but only a link?

Well, I don't know if I am sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for Scandal's cliffhangers to unfold, but I need answers to this new controversy. Hey, maybe Tambay will have a flashback moment and jump down in the comment section like the good ol days. Hey, I am reminded of where Tambay can go when someone calls him out. Let's take a trip down memory lane, the year is 2009.

"First, Ms Kersey, I wondered if there was really any point in me responding to your missives, and wasn't planning on doing so until I felt truly warranted. But your comments demonstrate a clear lack of understanding for what the essence of my initial post was, and I now feel compelled to respond, after your last note above. I'll preface this by saying that I'm going to be blunt with you in this response, because your comments and your email to me, call for that. ~ Tambay O. Obenson

Listen, nearly 2000 words later, Tambay came up for air. So who knows if Lesley is merely talking smack and/or Tambay is just not listening?

Btw, in reference to Obenson's Report on Black Film Festivals, the post which caused quite an uproar, Tambay must have known he was inviting a severe case of pushback when he said "I'm challenging black film festivals in this post".

Hmmmm…. challenged…


Lesley, S & A both credited and linked back to "The Hollywood Reporter" at least three times above.

Back to the article…..I had a thought yesterday. Maybe the reporters outside the hotel are B613 agents posing as fake journalists placed there by her father. It would make sense, since he planted Jake to seduce her and he just so happened to be inside the car she was literally pushed into.

Maybe Abby outed Olivia and Fitz in response to Olivia and Harrison planting fake abuse stories about the district attorney. Abby could have known and just pretended that she didn't know.

It's interesting that Jake has been promoted to a series regular.


So that's how shadow & act does it. BUSTED!


Shocked you copied and pasted literally half of my story and then passed it off with your byline. Insulting.

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