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Shonda Rhimes on the one 'Scandal' storyline they'll never do

Shonda Rhimes On The One 'Scandal' Storyline She'll Never Do


"Jimmy Kimmel Live" dedicated an entire episode to celebrating "Scandal" -- and the woman behind it all, Shonda Rhimes, spilled on the one storyline the hit show will never touch.

"We would not do alien abductions. There, I mean, there are sometimes we get crazy pitches. But generally, it's the stuff that we find to be the craziest and then we sort of decide like let's find a way to lean in to it always turns out to be true. You know, in the news."


Shonda then went on to talk about the Thorngate idea -- in the third episode of season two, "Scandal" had a weirdly prophetic plot about a top-secret government program that has the ability to spy - literally - on any American citizen for reasons described as "anti-terrorism."

And then a few months later, the real NSA Security scandal happened in real life.

Shonda also talked about the one storyline that caused the most behind-the-scenes tension ... in the writer's room. It was all about Jake's role in the mid-season finale. She told Jimmy, "Half the [writer's] room wanted him to be the vice presidential candidate and half wanted him to be the head of B613, and we fought about it right up until the last minute - so much so that we shot both ways."

Jimmy also grilled Shonda about one of this season's cliffhangers -- will Harrison live or die? The Hollywood Reporter quotes the creator, "You know I can't tell you whether or not he's dead. That call is always the worst call to make. I do it myself. You really have to have the topic sentence ready. The first [thing] you have to say is you're going to die and here's how and I love you,"

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srgrnc April 18 2014 at 7:59 AM

I love Scandal. It ranks up there with Homeland's first two seasons for me. You never know what will happen. All the characters have good and evil in them. I sometimes have to watch an episode over again to catch nuances I missed. Bravo ABC, Ms. Rhimes, and the brilliant cast.

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dallasmartha April 19 2014 at 1:02 AM

I enjoy the show for what it is..Entertainment. Some of us who are not hard of hearing have a hard time hearing what they are "whispering", and is talking too fast the "norm". Slow down the talking and speak in a normal tone, PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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ramconsulting1 April 18 2014 at 6:59 PM

Last nights Scandal finale was one of the worst I have ever seen. For a tremendously wriiten show (usually), I was expecting so much more.

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vern2044 ramconsulting1 April 18 2014 at 10:33 PM

why don't you become part of the writing team

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Sheila ramconsulting1 April 19 2014 at 12:13 AM

.....not to mention that I still can't get the song "Papa Was A Rolling Stone" out of my head! For those who don't know, they played if during the last minutes of the show!

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Barbara April 18 2014 at 9:39 AM

I am so into this show! Love It!!!

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vsop1jv April 18 2014 at 9:42 AM

can not wait until it returns!

Excellent show and great cast~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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royjoneswolf62 April 18 2014 at 6:06 PM

I can guarantee you won't see an episode about the US Congress of the last 8 years. And that is one of the biggest scandals ever!

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emoting2001 royjoneswolf62 April 19 2014 at 12:04 AM

You won't because they are sooooooooooo boring. All they do is speechify. No drama, no comedy. That is why you won't see them on this show.

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sgabelli April 18 2014 at 10:29 AM

loved the finale. always full of surprises. can't wait for next season.

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marylbolden April 18 2014 at 11:09 AM

This show literally keeps me on the edge of my seat. I like it because I can't figure out what is going to happen next. I can't wait for it to return. Good luck in all your future writings.

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kimcrdr April 18 2014 at 12:30 PM

I absolutely love this show, I have watched it from the very beginning and have not missed an episode yet, Thank you Shonda Rhimes for the GREAT work you do!!

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gina69 April 18 2014 at 12:00 PM

Can't wait till next season !!!!! Love this show

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