Posted by | Cyrena Rose

Shonda Rhimes’ (Grey’s Anatomy) new show Scandal is set in the fast-paced world of high-level crisis management and is ripe with plenty of political intrigue.

Kerry Washington, the show’s star, plays Olivia Pope, a high-powered D.C.-based “fixer” who has resolved some of the country’s biggest scandals.  She was the President’s communications director and go-to girl, and is now running her own outfit that caters to the who’s who of Washington, D.C., and beyond.

Olivia Pope and Associates staff includes Stephen Finch (Henry Ian Cusick), a womanizer considering settling down, Harrison Wright (Columbus Short), a smooth and efficient litigator, Abby Whelan, (Darby Stanchfield), the firm’s investigator, Huck (Guillermo Diaz), a hacker with a CIA past, and Quinn Perkins (Katie Lowes), a fresh faced lawyer quickly learning the world of crisis management.

The show is inspired by the work of real-life leading D.C. crisis management consultant Judy Smith.  Her clients have included Michael Vick, Monica Lewinsky and former senator Larry Craig.  Smith, played by Kerry Washington, is the co-executive producer of the show.  Her first book, Good Self, Bad Self debuts this week falling in line with the season premiere of Scandal this Thursday.

Click here to see Kerry dish about her new role on the show!  Scandal premieres Thursday, April 5th on ABC 10/9c.

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