ABC Entertainment announced that season 7 of the hit Shondaland drama, “Scandal” will be the final season. “Scandal” series premiered in April 2012 with Kerry Washington debuting her role as Olivia Pope, shattering barriers as the first African American lead in drama series in over 37 years!
Channing Dungey, president, ABC Entertainment said in a statement in ABC’s press release, “Shonda has decided the series needs to come to a close, and while this is definitely a bittersweet moment for all of us gladiators, I have no doubt what she has in store for the final season will be as powerful as what’s come before, and we will be sure to honor that every step of the way.”
Scandal’s creator and executive producer Shonda Rhimes explains, “Deciding how to end a show is easy,” she adds, “Deciding when to finish is quite simple when the end date is years away. But actually going through with it? Actually standing up to say: ‘This is it?’ Not so much. So, next year we are going all out. Leaving nothing on the table. Creating this world in celebration. We are going to handle the end the way we like to handle the important things in our ‘Scandal’ family: all together, white hats on, gladiators running full speed over a cliff,” from the ABC press release.
“Scandal” is currently airing season 6 with the season finale airing Thursday, May 18th at 9 pm ET on ABC.
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