End of a ‘Scandal’: Creator-producer Shonda Rhimes’ ABC drama signs off

Kerry Washington-starring ABC drama ends seven-season run

Kerry Washington stars in the series finale of “Scandal” Thursday, Apr. 19, on ABC.

After seven seasons of twists and turns, “Scandal” almost certainly has some tricks left up its sleeve.

But it had better play them fast.

The Shonda Rhimes-created-and-produced ABC drama about the lives, loves and … yes, scandals of power players in the nation’s capital airs its finale Thursday, April 19. Many Gladiators (or “Scandal” fans) made the series hugely popular on social media as well as television, and they’re sure to tune in to see whether crisis-management expert Olivia Pope (played by Kerry Washington) gets to live happily ever after. And that easily could go either way.

Expectedly, the last story’s details have been kept under wraps. Still, certain to get their last “Scandal”-ous hurrahs are Washington’s fellow cast regulars Tony Goldwyn, Bellamy Young, Jeff Perry, Katie Lowes, Darby Stanchfield, Guillermo Diaz, Joshua Malina, Scott Foley, Cornelius Smith Jr., George Newbern – and Joe Morton, who won an Emmy Award as Olivia’s duplicitous, espionage-drenched father Eli.

“What’s great about knowing the series is going to end is that we don’t have to worry about being picked up,” reasons Morton, who also directed one of the last “Scandal” episodes. “People have been very effusive about saying how much they love the show, and how sad they are to see it go away, and that’s a good feeling as well. I think we want to go out on top, as opposed to being one of those shows where people say, ‘It used to be so good!’ ”

Joe Morton is among the stars of the series finale of “Scandal” Thursday, Apr. 19, on ABC.

Along the way, we learn about the man behind the bow tie, a Cornell graduate and former Boeing engineer with several patents to his name, who identifies his astronomy professor, Carl Sagan, as someone who “utterly changed my life” and gave him invaluable advice when he was developing his “Science Guy” series.

“He said, ‘When you do this show, focus on pure science. Don’t focus on technology,’ ” Nye recalls. “You know, I’m an engineer. I’m all about technology. And that really was hugely important advice. So those shows – I was in Australia for the first time a few months ago. Everybody watches the old show. All of these school kids watch ‘The Science Guy’ show in Australia.

“Despite the language barrier,” he adds with a laugh.

As for how he would advise parents to encourage a love of science in their own kids, Nye says, “Let kids make a mess but have them clean it up. Encourage the kids to screw around and try stuff. But safety first – or pretty near the top. People want to learn to light matches. Make sure they learn to light matches without killing themselves.”

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin has decades of experience covering the television and movie businesses, winning Tribune Media Services’ Crown Jewel Award in 2008 for his performance in the company. Over those many years of interviewing and writing, he has spoken with everyone from Robert De Niro and John Travolta to Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett … from Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.

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