How I Got Hooked on ABC’s Scandal February 25, 2013 Scandal, TV Chat So, the last column that I wrote for TV Equals expressed my dissatisfaction with my favorite television shows coming to an end. I wondered if there was anything left on TV, if all of the good shows had expired. Well, it seems readers were rather vocal and helpful in recommending a new program for me to follow. Now, before all of you get super excited, let me just say that I don’t just follow anything that airs during primetime. Like, I said in my last editorial, I’m a classy TV addict. With that being said, I decided it was high time to give Scandal a try. Ah, why haven’t I been watching this show? No, seriously, that’s a honest question. I really don’t know why I never gave the program a try. Oh, wait — wait, a second. I know now. As I mentioned in my previous editorial (and countless other times), Private Practice was one of my favorite shows. I like its creator, Shonda Rhimes. In my mind, that chick can do no wrong…except when it comes to biting off more than she can chew. Now, don’t get me wrong — I’m all for sisters trying to do their thing in Hollywood. As an African-American dude, I commend her for her efforts. After all, she is the brains behind Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice and Scandal. I’m sure it takes a lot to run three shows, but I feel as though with the introduction of Scandal came the neglect of Private Practice. And for me, that was an issue. But perchance it’s time to let bygones be bygones. Life is too short, and for that matter, so is my list of TV choices. I don’t really have a favorite type of television show. As long as it’s not tacky reality programming, then I’m game for giving it a chance. I have a soft spot for shows that feature multiple dramatic and engaging storylines a la Desperate Housewives or TNT’s successful reboot of Dallas. Maybe that’s why I’m starting to like Scandal. I’m not going to say it was love at first sight, but maybe it is infatuation, a euphoria of sorts. Hell, I don’t know. I’m not a shrink. I’ve always had a thing for Kerry Washington. I’ve liked her ever since she popped up as The Thing’s main squeeze in 2005’s Fantastic Four. Seeing her play Olivia Pope, a coffee-skinned political fixer is just all kinds of cool. Jumping into the show in season two has required some effort. Luckily, I have friends — and readers — who have been filling me in on all of the important details such as Olivia’s steamy fling with the President…or the fact that his wife is utterly diabolical…or that Huck has no qualms about killing…or about how all of the characters like to talk super fast. I may have to invest in purchasing the first season on DVD. There just seems to be a lot to catch up on. However, I’m willing to do so. I need a hobby. I’ve began reading books again to balance out this addiction that I seem to have for television. Still, it is nice to have programs to follow and become invested in. It gives me stuff to talk about with friends and other fellow TV addicts. Ladies and gentlemen, I am going to give Scandal a try! It’s certainly nice to know that there is still something interesting on television. Anything less would be downright scandalous. Follow me on Twitter @THESUPERFLYNERD Amanda Yes! Scandal is amazing. It’s much better when you go through the journey of the story and characters (i.e. watching from the beginning). I believe season 1 is on Netflix. Also, try Suits on USA, great characters, and very witty. Jessica Breaux I definitely recommend going back and watching the first season. You really need to in order to understand the character relationships in season 2. I believe Amanda is correct that season 1 is streaming on Netflix. It’s also available on iTunes. Just as an aside, once you go Scandal, you never go back.