Scandal is an American political thriller television series starring Kerry Washington. Created by Shonda Rhimes, it debuted on ABC on April 5, 2012. Kerry Washington's character, Olivia Pope, is partially based on former George H.W. Bush administration press aide Judy Smith, who serves as a co-executive producer. The show takes place in Washington, D.C. and focuses on Olivia Pope's crisis management firm, Olivia Pope & Associates, and its staff, as well as staff at the White House, which includes President Fitzgerald Grant III, Chief of Staff Cyrus Beene, and First Lady Mellie Grant. In addition to Kerry Washington, the show features Guillermo Diaz and Katie Lowes as associates at O.P.A., Tony Goldwyn as the President, Bellamy Young as the First Lady, Jeff Perry as the Chief of Staff, Darby Stanchfield as the Press Secretary, Joshua Malina as the Attorney General and Scott Foley as a veteran of the U.S. military. Previous cast members include Henry Ian Cusick and Columbus Short, as assistants at Pope & Associates.
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