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

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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 Rhimes on the one 'Scandal' storyline they'll never do
Shonda Rhimes made us wait two months for tonight’s episode of ‘Scandal’ and it was … different.
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SCANDAL - 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang' - Sally sets a meeting with the NRA which sends the White House into a tailspin. Olivia and Huck come to shocking realizations and a surprising person asks for help from Pope and Associates, on ABC's 'Scandal,' THURSDAY, MARCH 20 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Richard Cartwright/ABC via Getty Images) KERRY WASHINGTON, TONY GOLDWYN, BELLAMY YOUNG
SCANDAL - 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang' - Sally sets a meeting with the NRA which sends the White House into a tailspin. Olivia and Huck come to shocking realizations and a surprising person asks for help from Pope and Associates, on ABC's 'Scandal,' THURSDAY, MARCH 20 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Richard Cartwright/ABC via Getty Images)
SCANDAL - 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang' - Sally sets a meeting with the NRA which sends the White House into a tailspin. Olivia and Huck come to shocking realizations and a surprising person asks for help from Pope and Associates, on ABC's 'Scandal,' THURSDAY, MARCH 20 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Richard Cartwright/ABC via Getty Images)
SCANDAL - 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang' - Sally sets a meeting with the NRA which sends the White House into a tailspin. Olivia and Huck come to shocking realizations and a surprising person asks for help from Pope and Associates, on ABC's 'Scandal,' THURSDAY, MARCH 20 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Richard Cartwright/ABC via Getty Images)
SCANDAL - 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang' - Sally sets a meeting with the NRA which sends the White House into a tailspin. Olivia and Huck come to shocking realizations and a surprising person asks for help from Pope and Associates, on ABC's 'Scandal,' THURSDAY, MARCH 20 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Richard Cartwright/ABC via Getty Images)
SCANDAL - 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang' - Sally sets a meeting with the NRA which sends the White House into a tailspin. Olivia and Huck come to shocking realizations and a surprising person asks for help from Pope and Associates, on ABC's 'Scandal,' THURSDAY, MARCH 20 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Richard Cartwright/ABC via Getty Images)
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SCANDAL - 'It's Handled' - With Olivia's name out there as the President's mistress, both the White House and Pope & Associates face their biggest scandal to date, and a surprise allegiance is formed in order to get things handled. Meanwhile, Olivia's father, Rowan, will stop at nothing to carry out his orders and no one, including Olivia, can stand in his way, on the Season 3 Premiere of 'Scandal,' THURSDAY OCTOBER 3 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) ERIN CHAMBERS
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SCANDAL - 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang' - Sally sets a meeting with the NRA which sends the White House into a tailspin. Olivia and Huck come to shocking realizations and a surprising person asks for help from Pope and Associates, on ABC's 'Scandal,' THURSDAY, MARCH 20 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Richard Cartwright/ABC via Getty Images) KERRY WASHINGTON
CENTURY CITY, CA - JANUARY 25: Producer Betsy Beers (L) and writer/producer Shonda Rhimes accept the Diversity Award onstage at the 66th Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on January 25, 2014 in Century City, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for DGA)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actor Tony Goldwyn and Producer Shonda Rhimes attend the International Cinematographers Guild (IATSE Local 600) Presents The 51st Annual Publicists Awards Luncheon at Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on February 28, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
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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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