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New Spoiler Alert! Dissects Game-Changing Curveballs on Scandal, Walking Dead and Good Wife – Plus: Retta to NBC: Move Parks and Rec! – TV Show News

blog_spoiler_11.1.13Recurring Spoiler Alert! guest star Retta returns to the red sofas this week, and her timing couldn’t be better.

Three of our mutual obsessions — Scandal, The Walking Dead and The Good Wife — are coming off arguably their biggest episodes of the season, so there is much to discuss (Could Liv’s mom be alive? Is “killer” Carol covering for someone? Is Wife building toward the merger of the century?).

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Also in this week’s jam-packed episode: Our bold predictions regarding the fate of The X Factor, a new Big Bad on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the future of NBC’s struggling Thursday-night comedy tradition.


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Scandal Recap: The Mother Of All Twists — Plus: The Kennedy Assassination Solved?! – TV Show News

Scandal Fitz Killed Olivia's MotherThis week on ABC’s Scandal, Lisa Kudrow stepped into the spotlight yet it was Olivia who eyed a comeback, while the dark, dark truth about Operation Remington came to light.

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WE GOT POPE’D! | With the reelection machine revving up, Cyrus and Mellie court Leo Bergen, a top-shelf campaign manager, (played by Private Practice‘s Paul Adelstein) to keep Fitz in office. Leo, though, isn’t shy to list POTUS’ liabilities — including but by no means limited to his “My Wife’s a Frigid Shrew Problem.” All told, he notes, Fitz these days “looks like a loser. And if his heart’s not in it, he’s gonna lose. And I don’t ‘do’ losers.”

Olivia meanwhile pitches congresswoman Josie Marcus on working her magic for the White House contender. Josie says a quick yes, then pulls Liv in for her first fixing gig: to seal a lid on the baby she gave up at age 15. The Gladiators set course for Montana, to buy off the five people who could possibly blab about the bambino. When the baby daddy rebuffs their briefcase of money, it’s realized that Cy’s “bitchboy” Ethan is about to put Billy Joe Lee on TV to tell all. But Huck and Harrison quickly silence the guy with the threat of revealing a marital indiscretion. (“We got Pope’d, sir!” Ethan reports to Cy.)

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THE COMEBACK KID | Ultimately, it’s the nurse that helped deliver the baby who points Liv at the truth: Josie’s mother took in the newborn and raised her as her own. Meaning, Josie’s sister Candice (Army Wives‘ Sally Pressman) is actually her daughter. Josie refrains from coming forth, despite Liv’s advice, yet must when Governor Resten brings it up during a debate. Josie slowly seizes the moment, unfurling a gripping, emotional female voter-friendly tale of how she gave her child a better life — while all a watching Cy can do is regret teaching Olivia the dark arts.

Later, at the White House Correspondents Dinner — and after overhearing Fitz and Olivia brainstorm jokes, like old times — Mellie lures her (just stunning) rival into a one-on-one. “Hear me out…,” the First Lady starts, asking Liv to run Fitz’s reelection campaign. “He’s not alive, he can’t breathe when you’re not here…. He needs you, so I need you. Come back to us.” Thing is, Josie Marcus also wants Olivia, to run her White House bid. But I think we know which way Liv will go, as she slips on her wispy GRANT FOR PRESIDENT T-shirt and peruses old campaign trail photos. A sweet, peaceful moment. Until….

THE REMINGTON DEAL | Digging into Operation Remington, Huck uncovers a video of Fitz’s meeting with Rowan, during which the men traded veiled threats. “Lay off Jake Ballard,” Fitz demanded, to which the B613 boss sternly reminded: “I have never answered to any holder of your office…. It is you who should not test me.” After some sweaty b-ball scrimmage with a taunting Jake, Fitz goes so far as to pick Cy’s brain about dissembling B613, but Cy says it’s impossible. And if they makes waves, there’d be grassy knoll-type ramifications — “just ask Kennedy.”

Huck and Jake ultimately ask the question: If Fitz wasn’t flying the years-ago Iran mission he says he did, where was he? When Jake notes that he saw Fitz just 10 hours later, it narrows the list of possible locations. After crunching much data, Huck deduces that Fitz likely was in Iceland. But doing what? With much gravity, Huck reports to Jake that at that time, a 747 carrying more than 300 passengers crashed in Iceland, due to “mechanical failure.” But a local fisherman claimed to have seen “flares,” suggesting that Fitz shot down the plane. When Jake claims coincidence, Huck presents a third clue that points to conspiracy: the flight manifest,PAUL ADELSTEIN, KATE BURTON on which the name Maya Lewis — Olivia’s mother — appears. And the hour closes with the men at Liv’s doorstep, seemingly set to break the news.

ELSEWHERE… | At the WHCD, Sally confronted Leo Bergen in the men’s room (!), to ask if he’d help her challenge Fitz, as a third-party candidate — and he was intrigued. Jack Coleman (Heroes) debuted but had little to do as the Second Husband, though you have to suspect that will change…. David invited Abby to the dinner, but she clumsily flaked out — only to later show up in his apartment looking like a million bucks. Turns out, her ex was at the event…. Quinn, who was frozen out by Huck and others throughout the episode, discreetly purchased a gun while in Montana.

All in all, I thought this was one of the best episodes of the season to date — and coming off last week’s decidedly “meh” outing. Pulling Liv back into the White House is a compelling development, and the Remington reveal (which I quasi-predicted a few Spoiler Alert!s ago) is just audacious enough to blend WTF? and OMG! in a Season 2 kind of way. Now, we must wonder: Was Liv’s mom/Eli’s wife a “grassy knoll” target, or collateral damage?


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Scandal’s Kerry Washington Pregnant: How Past Shows ‘Handled’ It, Which Ways Work for Olivia – TV Show News

Kerry Washington is reportedly expecting her first baby, according to, a happy development that may (or may not) have Scandal-ous repercussions for the actress’ TV alter-ego, Washington, DC fixer Olivia Pope.

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While it’s probably too early for Shonda Rhimes & Co. to decide how (and whether) Washington’s pregnancy will affect any upcoming story arcs, we thought it’d be interesting to examine how other modern TV shows have handled their leading ladies’ baby bumps — and whether said strategies might work on Scandal.

Click through the gallery below for an octet of ideas, then hit the comments and tell us which template you’d like Scandal to follow!


Ratings: Elementary Rises, Scandal Dips, Grey’s Ticks Up, Voice Rerun Helps Sean and Michael – TV Show News

Ancient HistoryDespite going to bat against Game 2 of the World Series, CBS’ Elementary saw some week-to-week gains this Thursday.

With 8.6 million total viewers and a 1.8 rating, the sophomore drama was up in audience and rose 20 percent in the demo.

Opening CBS’ night, Big Bang (16.5 mil/4.9) dipped 6 percent in the demo, The Millers (10.9 mil/2.8) fell 12 percent and The Crazy Ones (8.8 mil/2.3) ticked down a tenth. Two and a Half Men (8.4 mil/2.3), though, rose two tenths.

Fox’s World Series coverage, per prelim numbers, averaged 12.7 mil and a 3.4.

NBC’s scheduling of a Voice rerun largely paid off, averaging 5.2 mil and a 1.3 versus the Parks and Rec/Welcome to the Family combo’s 3.8 mi/1.1. Most notably, the second half hour of The Voice did a 1.5 compared to WTTF’s 0.9.

As such, Sean Saves the World (4 mil/1.1) rose 20 percent in viewers and finally stabilized in the demo, while Michael J Fox Show held steady at 3.7 mil/1.2. Parenthood was flat with 4 mil/1.3.

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Over on ABC, Wonderland ((4.3 mil/1.1) lost a handful of eyeballs and a tenth in the demo, Grey’s Anatomy (8.5 mil/2.8) ticked up a tenth and Scandal (8.6 mil/3.0) dipped 9 percent to a season low.

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The CW’s Vampire Diaries (2.5 mil/1.1) and Reign (1.84 mil/0.6) each dropped two tenths.

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Want scoop on any of the above shows? Email and your question may be answered via Matt’s Inside Line.


Scandal Recap: ‘Mellie Gaffe, Mellie Gaffe….’ – TV Show News

Scandal Recap Olivia Jake KissThis week on ABC’s Scandal, Mellie “minted” Fitz’s rival in the upcoming election, Olivia handled a Weiner-ish situation and Jake’s mouth found itself in familiar territory.

THE CONTENDER | Lisa Kudrow made her debut as Josephine Marcus, a Democratic congresswoman with a thing or two to say on TV about Fitz’s untamed cobra. When asked by a reporter at a presser to respond, Mellie handles it with great tact, only to let loose with a massive verbal boner when she thinks her mic is off. Cyrus than rails at her for turning D.C.’s flavor of the month into a White House contender. “You minted her ass,” while also birthing the hashtag #MellieHasaBigFatMouth,” he roars. Mellie offers a public mea culpa, but the damage may have already been done — Fitz’s worst possible rival, a Democratic female, is in the mix. Will “abandoned baby” dirty that Cy’s lackey Ethan dug up be enough to make the problem go away?

MAN ON A MISSION | Jake warns Olivia about her father, that he would “slit your throat and drink your blood if it served the Republic.” But Liv’s done with Jake — for at least the next 40 or so minutes of air time — and sends him away, saying, “I’ve never heard of B613, I’ve never heard of you.” Later, Fitz rouses the Remington beast when he takes notice of Navy pilot Pete Foster’s “suicide” (as staged by Huck last week). Fitz arranges to upgrade Foster’s pine box send-off into a private military funeral, a gesture which James brings to Cyrus’ attention (by way of the gravedigger’s Instagram). Cy warns his president that if he can’t put Remington behind him, others will grab their own shovels and start their own digging — and they both know what lies at the bottom of that Cracker Jack box. “Think we can leave the past in the past sir?” Fitz nods in agreement.

Concurrent with all this, Quinn takes notice that Huck has had some “whiskey,” and liked it. But as she expresses her concern, he fires back that she isn’t so much worries as interested. “Stop being interested,” he urges her. “Stop while you still can.” Later, Huck gives a listen to a tape Jake made of a Rowan/Cyrus sit-down, in the wake of Foster’s funeral, and begins to glean that the man he killed last week flew a mission that never made it to his official record. At episode’s end, Fitz — after pouring cold water on Olivia’s make-out session with Jake — arrives at B613 HQ, where he stands poised to confront Rowan about…?

SEXT APPEAL | The Case of the Week is a classic early Season 1 affair, with no tendrils attaching onto any larger arc: Senator Richard Meyers was sexting his bits to a pretty blonde named Desiree… who wound up dead. As OPA digs into the case, and as Meyers’ wife stands by his side, more and more “recipients” are discovered. But Olivia uses the wife’s disgust to make her alibi affirmation all the more solid, ultimately earning Meyers a “not guilty” verdict. Which is nice, since it was his Mrs. who dispatched with Desiree.

Elsewhere: Abby assured David she wasn’t playing games anymore, as she coaxed a late-night invitation into his apartment… Mellie enjoyed a nice-ish moment with Fitz as he downplayed her gaffe and even comforted her some after, with a big ol’ handhold…. Olivia has some wicked wine glasses.


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