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Kerry Washington Stars In ABC’s New Series, Scandal, Get a Sneak Peak

Submitted by on December 4, 2011 – 3:52 pmOne Comment

Kerry Washington is about to get scandalous.

The 34-year-old actress is set to star in the new ABC series, Scandal, created by Shonda Rhimes, the producer and head writer behind Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice.

“We’re talking about a black female lead of a television show,” Shonda said recently about picking Kerry for the gig. “We wanted to make sure we had just the right person. Kerry came in and she was just perfect.”

Kerry stars as Olivia Pope, a sassy, quick-witted professional crisis manager and media relations consultant who once worked for the President of the United States. But after spending her life “defending and protecting the public images of our nation’s elite,” Olivia opens her own firm while desperately trying to leave the drama of the White House behind her.

“I was not looking to do a TV show, but I read this amazing script with this amazing woman named Olivia Pope, and it happened to be for TV and so I thought maybe I want to do something different,” Kerry said after getting picked. “Once I read it, I wanted to do whatever I had to do to be a part of it.”

Scandal is based on the real-life story of Judy Smith, a former White House press aide during the term of President George H. Bush, who also counseled Monica Lewinsky during the Bill Clinton scandal, Sen. Larry Craig  during his airport bathroom scandal, and Michael Vick during his dog-fighting case.  The series debuts in 2012 and also stars Stomp The Yard cutie Columbus Short.

Watch the trailer for Scandal below. And then tell us: Will you be watching?

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