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.”
What do you think? Does season seven seem like the right time to end the Scandal TV series? Let us know, below.
I LOVE this show!! SICK of Grey’s Anatomy SCANDAL is heart pounding DRAMA PLEASE RENEW
Scandal is one of the best shows on television. Please renew it for the fall season!
Why are we canceling Scandal?? Grey’s Anatomy is still on T.V. Scandal has many years to go! PLEASE BRING BACK HARRISON!
The combination was wonderful.
I think that Scandal has much story line for the show and some cast member. I am hoping that show can be revised. Its one of the good program and the actor/actress are all awesome in the character they are playing. Please let not do this right now. Save this show one of the great one.
Scandal is THE best show ever! I am actually in tears about this. I am so invested in the characters- everyone of them that are still alive at least!!! Please reconsider!
How could ABC get rid of one of the best shows??
I guess I can see that it probably should end with season seven since it doesn’t seem to have a place for the main characters once Fritz’s term is done. But I really don’t want it to end because it is one of the very few good shows on network television right now. All the good shows just end too early, often before they even get a chance to catch on because for some reason network execs think they can take viewers away from established shows by sticking them in spots directly against powerhouse shows. not going to happen. So… Read more »
I watch scandal every week and really would hope there would be a season 8.
Too bad this will be ending. I believe this is one of the better shows that is on the air. I would like to see it continue.
I Am so upset’!!!! I can not believe this is happening! Please don’t do this!