Gladiators, the end is nigh!!! According to the Hollywood Reporter, ABC will officially announce Scandal will end after its upcoming seventh season during its upfront presentation next week.
The news isn’t surprising if you’ve read Shonda Rhimes’ past interviews. She’s been quite vocal about the political drama not lasting as long as Grey’s Anatomy. “I feel like there is a finite amount of Scandal to be told,” Rhimes previously told NPR. “So I know what the end of Scandal will be, and I feel really good about that. And I can see where the end point is. And I don’t think I’m going to change that.”
Though no longer the ratings powerhouse it used to be, the Kerry Washington vehicle has still been averaging 7.9 million total viewers and a 2.3 in the 18-49 demographic. That’s enough to make it the 11th highest rated scripted broadcast series this season.
Beyond being a key cog in Rhimes’ powerful TGIT lineup, the show helped usher in a new era of diversity on the small screen. Believe it or not, it had been 40 years since an African-American female headlined a network drama. Insane.
Washington picked up her first Emmy nomination in 2013 and became the first African-American to be nominated for best drama actress in the past 18 years and fifth overall. Fellow Shondaland family member, Viola Davis became the first black woman to win for lead actress in a drama (How To Get Away With Murder) just a couple years later.
While I love Scandal, I fully support this decision. It’s gotten quite ridiculous and even more far-fetched the past couple seasons. It’s more WTF these days than OMG during its hey day. Will you miss the show? Weigh in below.