‘Scandal’ Will End Next Year, ABC President Confirms

SCANDAL ending season 7
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Gladiators were shocked to learn last week that “Scandal” is ending after its seventh season, which will wrap up in 2018.

ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey confirmed on Tuesday that Kerry Washington’s hit ABC drama will in fact come to a close after its seventh season, following last week’s reports of the series’ ending.

On press call with reporters, including Variety, on Tuesday morning, Dungey said the specific number of episodes for the final season are still being worked out. She noted that “Scandal” creator Shonda Rhimes made the decision to end the series after Season 7.

“I’ve had conversation with Shonda for a while, she had a sense of how she wanted the story to end,” Dungey said. “I always prefer to end a show where you’re feeling creatively on top.” The executive added that “Scandal’s” loyal fans “are going to want the story to end in the way that Shonda wanted it to.”


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Following the press call, ABC released a statement from Rhimes, who commented: “Deciding how to end a show is easy. 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.”

ABC Studios president Patrick Moran, added, “ABC Studios is so proud of ‘Scandal,’ and the Shondaland TGIT franchise, which have been so important to our studio’s success. It’s hard to imagine Thursday nights without Olivia Pope and company and the roller-coaster ride of the last six seasons.”

“Scandal” debuted in 2012 and hit the 100 episode milestone mark during its current sixth season, which airs its finale this Thursday.

Starring Washington as Olivia Pope, a Washington D.C. fixer, “Scandal” became a pop culture phenomenon and shot Washington to super-stardom, along with her buzzy ensemble cast who are all fan-favorites with large social media followings. The show was one of the first to utilize social media to boost viewership and buzz, and still in Season 6, cast-members live-tweet the episodes each week.

Part of ABC’s Thursday night “TGIT” programming block, “Scandal” is part of Shondaland’s trifecta, next to “Grey’s Anatomy” and Viola Davis’ “How To Get Away With Murder,” both of which have also been renewed for the upcoming television season for their 14th and fourth seasons, respectively. With “Scandal” signing off for good in mid-2018, assuming “Grey’s” and “Murder” return, ABC should still have plenty of Rhimes’ content to fill the “TGIT” block with two new Shondaland shows on deck: summer series “Still Star-Crossed” and legal drama “For The People,” which hails from “Scandal” writer Paul Davies. “The Catch” was recently cancelled, after airing for two seasons.

“Scandal” was created by Rhimes, who executive produces with Betsy Beers, Mark Fish and Tom Verica. Washington stars alongside the ensemble cast Guillermo Diaz, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes, Tony Goldwyn, Jeff Perry, Joshua Malina, Bellamy Young, Scott Foley, Joe Morton, Cornelius Smith Jr. and George Newbern, who has been promoted to a series regular for the seventh and final season.

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  1. Constance Lambert says:

    In all my years, I will never understand Hollywood. Shanda Rhimes is a brilliant writer; however, is she coming up short on where to take the show for future sustainability? You are keeping a show going like How to Get Away With Murder, which does not have the following Scandal has. Has ABC or Shanda Rhimes considered that loyal viewers of her other shows will begin to slow down because of a fear she will yank those off the air, too? It is the viewers that make your shows popular. Obviously, the actors did not want to end the show; the ratings were not down; ABC (THE NETWORK) wanted to keep in going; so where does the ax fall for Scandal? If you have a mirror in your mansion Shanda, I suggest you go look in that mirror and ask yourself, how did I rise to such stardom? Shanda has the imagination and insight to create a global success, brilliant is a word I would use. I think Shanda could consider in addition to her creative ingeniousness, that is was also the fans that helped her rocket to success. Prior to dumping the second most successful you created, please decide if you want to turn your back on the very fans that supported you. I do watch the other 2 shows; however, not anymore, I can’t trust you will run out of ideas of where to carry those shows in the future, too.

  2. Loved every episode of this show! So sad to know it’s over!

  3. E. Lynn says:

    Gladiators are you ready for season 7 of Scandal? Get a jump start with my What If script Teaser. “Stand in the sun with me” – Jake

  4. Ruth MEYER says:

    I can’t liv without Olivia Pope!! Shonda Why are you doing this?

  5. Teresa Bryson says:

    I am DONE with ABC! Loved Scandal! Ask your loyal viewers before you drop a show.

  6. Susan Van Almen says:

    Please please do not cancel my show!!

  7. Beth CP says:


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