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SCANDAL
Air Date: Thursday, March 21, 2013
Time Slot: 10:02 PM-11:00 PM EST on ABC
Episode Title: (#216) "Top of the Hour"
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NOTHING IS EVER WHAT IT SEEMS, ON ABC'S "SCANDAL"

Guest Starring: Lisa Edelstein as Sarah Stanner

"Top of the Hour" - Olivia finds herself in the middle of a media storm, but this time she's on the opposing side of the oval office when Fitz's pick for Supreme Court Justice is caught in a torrid affair with Liv's new client, high-powered CEO Sarah Stanner (Lisa Edelstein). Meanwhile, Olivia and Jake continue their flirtatious relationship, while Huck takes Quinn under his wing and Harrison and Abby try to figure out where they stand with their friendship. Back in the White House, Cyrus and Mellie continue to fight for Fitz's attention, but someone else may already have it, on ABC's "Scandal," THURSDAY, MARCH 21 (10:02-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

"Scandal" stars Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, Columbus Short as Harrison Wright, Guillermo Diaz as Huck, Darby Stanchfield as Abby Whelan, Katie Lowes as Quinn Perkins, Tony Goldwyn as President Fitzgerald Grant, Jeff Perry as Cyrus Beene, Bellamy Young as Mellie Grant and Joshua Malina as David Rosen.

Guest cast TBA.

"Top of the Hour" was written by Heather Mitchell and directed by Steve Robin.

"Scandal" is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound. A TV parental guideline will be assigned closer to airdate.

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SCANDAL (ABC)
BROADCAST HISTORY:
4/5/12 - ???
STATUS:
on hiatus or fate to be determined
TIME SLOT:
completed airing its current season
CURRENT SEASON:
3 (18 episodes)
ADDITIONAL NOTES:
completed airing its third season on 4/17/14; has yet to be renewed for a fourth season
DESCRIPTION:
(from ABC's press release, May 2013) From the creator and executive producers of "Grey's Anatomy" and "Private Practice" comes a drama revolving around the life and work of a professional fixer and her staff. A former media relations consultant to the President of the United States, Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) dedicates her life to protecting and defending the public images of our nation's elite. After leaving the White House, the power consultant opened her own firm, hoping to start a new chapter -- both professionally and personally -- but she can't seem to completely cut ties with her past, specifically her secret relationship with the President. But Olivia isn't the only one with a secret; her staff, who specialize in fixing the lives of other people, can't quite fix the ones closest at hand -- their own. "Scandal" stars Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, Columbus Short as Harrison Wright, Guillermo Diaz as Huck, Darby Stanchfield as Abby Whelan, Katie Lowes as Quinn Perkins, Tony Goldwyn as President Fitzgerald Grant, Jeff Perry as Cyrus, Bellamy Young as First Lady Mellie Grant and Joshua Malina as David Rosen. The series was created by Shonda Rhimes ("Grey's Anatomy," "Private Practice"). Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers ("Grey's Anatomy," "Private Practice") and Mark Wilding ("Grey's Anatomy," "Private Practice") are executive producers. "Scandal" is produced by ABC Studios.
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Bellamy Young as Mellie Grant
· Columbus Short as Harrison Wright
· Darby Stanchfield as Abby Whelan
· Guillermo Diaz as Huck
· Jeff Perry as Cyrus Beene
· Joshua Malina as David Rosen
· Katie Lowes as Quinn Perkins
· Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope
· Scott Foley as Jacob "Jake" Ballard
· Tony Goldwyn as Fitzgerald Grant
RECURRING/PREVIOUS CAST INFORMATION:
· Henry Ian Cusick as Stephen Finch
CREW INFORMATION:
· Betsy Beers as EP
· Judy Smith as CO-EP
· Paul McGuigan as DIR (Pilot)
· Shonda Rhimes as CRTR/EP
GENRE(S):
· drama
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· ABC Studios
· Shondaland Productions