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Entertainers of the Year: The Cast of 'Scandal'

The deliciously twisted D.C. drama had a nation of Gladiators buzzing and tweeting up a storm

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There’s nothing wrong with watching Scandal on your DVR — but these days it’s definitely not recommended behavior. At a time when networks are struggling to steer audiences back to same-day viewing, ABC’s Shonda Rhimes-created drama, which stars Kerry Washington as a political fixer with a closet full of skeletons and power suits, has found the solution: Fill each episode with five episodes’ worth of twists and get the cast to live-tweet every single one of them. That’s been Scandal‘s M.O. from the start, and this year it helped the series break the zeitgeist barrier and become the reigning champ of OMGTV.

Kerry Washington: ”Shonda has figured out how to turn cliff-hangers into an art form, so it’s part of the culture of the show…. My favorite twists [of the year] have yet to be seen.”

Betsy Beers (exec producer): ”One of my favorite moments [of the year] was at the table read?when we got to the end of the season finale last season and Olivia says, ‘Dad?’ and it was Joe Morton playing Rowan. Everybody flipped out. It was about five minutes of screaming and people running around the table.”

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There’s nothing wrong with watching Scandal on your DVR — but these days it’s definitely not recommended behavior. At a time when networks are struggling to steer audiences back to same-day viewing, ABC’s Shonda Rhimes-created drama, which stars Kerry Washington as a political fixer with a closet full of skeletons and power suits, has found the solution: Fill each episode with five episodes’ worth of twists and get the cast to live-tweet every single one of them. That’s been Scandal‘s M.O. from the start, and this year it helped the series break the zeitgeist barrier and become the reigning champ of OMGTV.

Kerry Washington ”Shonda has figured out how to turn cliff-hangers into an art form, so it’s part of the culture of the show…. My favorite twists [of the year] have yet to be seen.”

Betsy Beers (exec producer) ”One of my favorite moments [of the year] was at the table read…when we got to the end of the season finale last season and Olivia says, ‘Dad?’ and it was Joe Morton playing Rowan. Everybody flipped out. It was about five minutes of screaming and people running around the table.”

Tony Goldwyn ”To me, [the Emmy nomination for Kerry] was a wonderful acknowledgment of the work that’s going on. It was a recognition of Kerry as a truly extraordinary star. Just look at how she was on Saturday Night Live.”

Washington ”My whole family came [to SNL] — all my cousins were there because I’m from New York. Shonda and Betsy flew out for it. It was very special.”

Shonda Rhimes (creator) ”There were a lot of Olivia Popes out this Halloween! I loved that! There were many Mellies out this Halloween too. It feels like the show has hit some spot in the zeitgeist. You know when people start dressing up as your characters for Halloween that something’s happening.”

Joshua Malina ”Every little Scandal achievement is shared among the hundreds of people who contribute to it. There’s been a lot of group clapping for ourselves, which might sound kinda gross. But it’s like, ‘We did it as a group.”’

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