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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Saturday Supplement: DC's Scandal Back on TV

Each Saturday we offer online articles not originally published in The Prices Do DC which are of interest to both Washington area residents and visitors.

This past week, the ABC hit show Scandal, set in the DC world of politics, political intrigue, and image fixing returned to its Thursday night slot. Here are 2 articles related to the show.


It would be easy to say Joe Morton’s not a bad guy, he just plays one on TV. The 66-year-old actor was introduced toward the end of season two as Command, the ultra-scary head of shadow government B613—and then revealed in the season finale as Olivia Pope’s estranged father, Rowan Pope. But before his twisted relationship with his daughter could be fully explored, Shonda Rhimes brought in an even more formidable villain—Rowan’s long-thought-dead wife, Maya—which made even an all-powerful government operative whose business is to terrify and manipulate everyone around him seem somehow not as bad.
Morton is a veteran actor with a career spanning stage, screen, and multiple decades—including a run at Arena Stage in the 1970s as Walter in Raisin, a musical adaptation of the play A Raisin in the Sun. He was in Washington earlier this month as a presenter for the annual BET Awards, and we chatted with him by phone about the serendipitous way he snagged his Scandal role, what he likes about his bad-guy character, and the relationship advice he’d share with the real Olivia Pope.
To continue reading this article which first appeared in The Washingtonian, click here.

With the news that Homeland star Nazanin Boniadi has signed on to appear in the second half of season three of Scandal, and with our favorite borderline-alcoholic fixer returning to our Thursday-night TV screens this month, we started wondering: What if the two shows actually exist in the same universe? It makes sense: No one ever actually meets the President in Homeland, so it’s highly possible Fitz and Mellie are the residents of Carrie and Saul’s 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Here are some ideas we dreamed up for possible plotlines for season four. You’re welcome, Shonda and Gansa/Gordon.

To continue reading this article which first appeared in The Washingtonian, click here.

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