When does ‘Scandal’ come back on? The Thursday night withdrawal is real
The only good thing about summer being over is the return of all the good TV that’s been on hiatus since spring, but one big show is missing this season. So, when does Scandal come back on? Shondaland fans were all psyched up this week with the return of Grey’s Anatomy (yes, some people still watch that show, so don’t judge) and How To Get Away With Murder, but the anchor for the whole “must-see TV” night, Scandal, was nowhere to be found. Instead, viewers had to sit through the premiere of Notorious, a show created by Josh Berman starring Piper Perabo.
Scandal filming had to be put on hold last spring because of Kerry Washington’s pregnancy. Washington hadn’t yet announced her pregnancy, but Olivia Pope isn’t pregnant (in fact, quite the opposite, given her abortion last season) and hiding the pregnancy is a real bitch, so season six will return for the mid-season lineup in 2017, which means mid-January or February. Gladiators will have to wait for their fix.
Washington said in 2014 that filming while pregnant with her daughter Isabella was a “challenge.” She added that, “For one thing, I was going through this amazing physical transition, this physical journey of having a baby, that my character was not going through.” Washington added that the physicality of her role and balancing that with her transitioning body was not something she enjoyed.
Fans didn’t either. The directors didn’t do a good job of hiding Washington’s baby bump in a seamless way. So good on her for taking time off this time around, even if no one likes Notorious.
The replacement is very much like Scandal — there’s murder, sex, lies, and a powerful woman at the helm. Perabo plays Julia George, the savvy producer of a cable infotainment show in Los Angeles. She works closely with a very hot attorney, Jake Gregorian (Daniel Sunjata), who’s trying to protect his billionaire client, Oscar Keaton (Kevin Zegers), from, like, two murders that I counted, but it could be more. Really, it all was sort of a blur. People on Twitter seemed to like it, though, so maybe I’m just biased.
The show uses a lot of the Scandal tropes — fast talking characters, corruption, and even has some emphatic transitions, like Scandal’s “camera clicks.” Perabo’s character even has an underling with a “sordid” past as an escort, just like Olivia Pope has her crazy, messed up squad. It’d be one thing if the show felt like it used what worked in Scandal in its favor, but it really feels like someone was like, “Shit, Washington’s pregnant, we need a show about a powerful woman who isn’t scared of sex, wears heels 24 hours a day, and is always in charge,” and then slapped the script together. USA Today called it “wretched,” and USA Today isn’t even a very good newspaper, you know?
So, if you don’t want to be destined to sit through it in between Grey’s and HTGWM, you might want to just DVR your favorite shows. Or give it a chance — who knows, maybe it will get good. And Sunjata is sort of a babe, so there’s that. February can’t come soon enough.