Last week, we reported that the upcoming seventh season of the Scandal TV show was rumored to be the final installment. It has been known for a while that creator Shonda Rhimes already knew where and when Scandal would end. Now ABC and Shonda Rhimes have confirmed Scandal will end after season seven.
A D.C. political drama, Scandal revolves around former White House Communications Director, Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington). The ABC cast also includes Scott Foley, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes, Guillermo Diaz, Jeff Perry, Joshua Malina, Bellamy Young, Portia de Rossi, Joe Morton, Cornelius Smith Jr., and Tony Goldwyn.
Channing Dungey, entertainment president at ABC, spoke with reporters about the decision during her pre-upfronts press call with reporters Tuesday and noted that Rhimes always envisioned seven seasons for the fast-paced Washington, D.C.-set soap.
“I had conversions with Shonda Rhimes where she has had for a while a sense of how she wanted the story to end,” Dungey told reporters Tuesday ahead of ABC’s upfront presentation to ad buyers. “She said, ‘Look, I really feel like season seven is where I want to wrap up this story, because I always prefer to end a show where you’re feeling on top as opposed to letting things fizzle out.'”
“I do think that audiences, especially fans and Gladiators, who are as loyal to Scandal as they have been, are going to want the story to end in the way that Shonda intended to,” said Dungey. “That was a decision she felt really good about, and we support wholeheartedly.”
An episode count for Scandal, which returns in the fall, has not yet been determined.
“Deciding how to end a show is easy,” said Rhimes in a statement Tuesday following the press call. “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.”
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