Why These Scandal Cast Members Should Be Nominated for an Emmy

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 Well it’s that time of year again and now we have a real game changer. At the ABC Upfronts Shonda Rhimes announced that this would be the last year of “Scandal.” As members of the National Academy ofTelevision  Arts and Sciences are voting , me and the other fans would like them to remember a few names when they are casting their ballots. Joe Morton and Dan Bucatinsky have already  been acknowledged with the Emmy and Bellamy was acknowledged with a Critics Choice Award, but there are other members that should be standing proudly with their own award.

 

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Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope…. Olivia has went on quite a journey in seven seasons. She has finally realized that the man she loves is Fitz. Jake is no longer in the picture. Her relationship with her parents is healed and she will be the Chief of Staff to Madam President Grant. She has the power that she wants and will be also running the evil organization that ruined her father. There is only one thing that is left for Livvy and that is happiness. We all want her to tell Mellie to take this job and shove it. She belongs in a big house in Vermont with her ex Presidential boyfriend. Kerry has had the nomination before , but never the big prize. So after you won the Oscar, Viola, can’t you let your girl take it home in her final year?

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Tony Goldwyn as Former President Fitzgerald Thomas Grant the Third- Fitz has went through enough that any normal man could tolerate , let alone someone who is the leader of the free world. With three Veeps and three Chiefs of Staff, it is enough to drive anyone crazy. Adding to it , an assassination attempt , a son murdered, the first President divorced in office and the woman he loves kidnapped and tortured. Spacey can win the nominations and awards , but his Underwood doesn’t have half the heart that Grant does. Fitz is the ultimate romantic hero. President who will do anything for the woman he loves, including letting her go. It remains to be seen whether “Olitz” will get to be together, but we are hoping they will as we come to the end. So Academy members, nominate Tony Goldwyn for playing a man who knows how to love and has grown . (Plus he looks great without a shirt)

 

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Bellamy Young as President Melody Margaret Grant- Mellie started her journey as the bitch who wanted Olivia to service her husband so she wouldn’t have to do it. But then jealousy reared it’s ugly head and she wanted her gone. She called Olivia every dirty name in the book, whore, homewrecker, can’t keep her legs together and christened her America’s Mistress. But then tragedy struck and Mellie and Fitz lost their  son. Bellamy has hit it our of the park with her story lines. We wondered what made her so bitter, and we got out answer when Mellie revealed she was raped by none other than her own father in law. It was no wonder she didn’t want to be touched by her husband and forced herself to conceive a child to save his Presidency. Everything she did, she did for him. Finally, Mellie steps up and becomes the woman to run the White House. People may think that this fictional couple mirrors the real life Clintons, but let it be known that Claire and Frank Underwood don’t have the same hootzpah as this Washington power couple. Can’t wait to see her in action with Liv as her COS.

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Jeff Perry as Vice President Cyrus Beene- Perry is one of the founders of one of the most prestigious theatre companies in the country, the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago. Along with Terry Kinney, Gary Sinise, their theatre has nurtured such talent as John Mahoney, Laurie Metcalf, (his ex wife) , Gary Cole, and numerous others. Jeff has been on the scene for years, but people didn’t take notice until he took the role of the power hungry , homosexual Cyrus Rutherford Beene. Cyrus finally managed to hitch his wagon to rising star Grant to take him to the White House. He rigged an election, kept two people apart to save his place in the West Wing. Ultimately he found love and it looked like he was going to have his happy ending. But then tragedy struck and someone murdered the love of his life. Ever since, he did anything to keep his place in the White House. It looks like he has come full circle and he has been through hell. His prison scenes were the best he had done in seven seasons. These gritty scenes proved that he is one of the best actors on television. It is definitely time for this extraordinary actor to win the same award that so many of his own ensemble has also won.

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Darby Stanchfield as Abby Whelan- Abby has went the same route that Olivia has, she has gone from OPA to the White House and back again. She has forsaken love for power and been the only woman who has been immune to the charms of one Fitzgerald Grant. Well its because she knew deep down, that there would only be one for the President. She even accommodated his whims after Liv dumped him. Her lust for power almost cost her friend, Huck his life. She is also the one who contacted Steven when Liv had been kidnapped. Her biggest cheerleader proved to be Cyrus, and her best friend was Fitz. Now that the FTG 111  adminstration is out of the White House, she is back at OPA and ready to gladiate.

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Dan Bucatinsky as James Novak – Dan has already won an Emmy for this role, but considering the fact that his role as “Andy” is history he should be compensated by winning another one. James was the only deceased character that had made an appearance in the 100th. His character made such an impact on the AU storyline because Cyrus was in the closet but still wanted the power. His solution was to marry the ex Mrs Grant and then still see James. But he realized that he still loved James and couldn’t deny it. Alas Mellie Grant and him married for power and her ex, Fitz married for love. It proved one thing, Dan is still loved by the fans and respected by the cast and crew. Hmm, “24 Legacy ” is gone , maybe its time to resurrect him. Are you listening , Shonda?

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Zoe Perry as “Samantha” Mystery Woman” or “Ponytail Bitch” -For someone with such a royal pedigree as Zoe, she definitely made her mark on the show. Her character was enough to bring down the royal evil character on this show and that is “Rowan” . She also managed to manipulate Abby to betray her friends.  She convinced the naive David Rosen to fall in love with her, yet he asked Abby if they could poke her head with chopsticks.  Like so many other characters before her, she was brought to her death by the formiddable Rowan.  She has definitely owned her place to accept the Emmy for best guest appearance.

 

 

 

 

Disney Wins the Race with Cars 3

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Disney has another winner with the third movie in the “Cars 3” trilogy. It looks like Lightning McQueen has finally hit the end of the road.  Actor Owen Wilson (“Zoolander” Marley and Me” “Wedding Crashers” has resumed his role as the hero of the Disney classic. After crashing in the big race, everyone has basically said that the old racing car is done. The new game in town is Jackson Storm (voiced by Armie Hammer) . He is everyone’s new star. And who gives the stats for the racers ? Only the lady who knows her stats and that is Natalie Certain. Natalie is voiced by none other than beauty icon and Washington fixer, Kerry Washington. Kerry has said in interview after interview that she is excited about being in her first animated cartoon, especially for Disney.  But Kerry isn’t the only ABC star that is in the Pixair movie.  “Goldberg’s star Jeff Garlin, “Blackish” star Jennifer Lewis and former “Castle” star , Nathan Fillion as the dashing Sterling called in to rescue Lightning ‘s career.  Sterling has a team of experts including , trainer Cruz Rasmirez. Cruz is voiced by Cristela Alonzo, who was the star of the short lived ABC series by the same name. Cruz is a tough trainer, but she has higher aspirations then just being a trainer. She has worshipped McQueen and dreamed of the day she raced. But people have taught her she can’t race and must settle. Hmmm sounds like a message movie to me. Women have been taught to settle. McQueen has one last chance to prove himself and he and Cruz work together to prepare. Does he win the race? You will have to see the movie to find out. Disney favorites Billy Crystal, Tom Hanks, and Bonnie Hunt also voice characters.

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ABC’s own “Scandal” star, Kerry Washington voices Natalie , the car that knows the stats.

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Nathan Fillion , who was last on the late great ABC show , “Castle” , is the fan that gives McQueen a second chance, Sterling.

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Can Cruz help Lightning win the big race? You will have to see the movie to find out. What a great movie to take DAD to and the whole family will enjoy. Browncoats and Gladiators will also enjoy the movie with its awesome cast.

Pop Icon Enters Immortality- Adam West Succumbs to Leukemia

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Tonight in the sky,  it’s the Batsignal. No, its not the signal for the Caped Crusader. It shines in sadness. Last night , the actor who played sixties icon Batman, Adam West died of complications from leukemia. Forever pigeonholed by his portrayal of Bob Kane’s legendary superhero, Batman, West made a career by appearing at Comic Cons and endearing himself to millions of fans. Today, social media was filled with tributes of fans and former cast mates like Burt Ward and “Family Guy” creator, Seth Mcfarlane. In later years , West would voice the befuddled Mayor West on “Family Guy.” This would endear him to a whole new generation.

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Adam was born William West Anderson in Walla Walla Washington in 1928. His father was a wheat farmer and his mother was an opera singer. Adam started to work in radio when he was in high school. He ran the station when he was a grad student at Stanford. Later on, West was a contract player for Warner Brothers where he would appear on such shows as “Maverick”, “77 Sunset Strip” and “Cheyenne.” In early 1966 , West would read the script that would change his life forever. West would return from Europe to read 20 pages of the script and then sign with producer , William Dozier. He also approved Burt Ward as Robin/ Dick Grayson with no acting experience but a brown belt in karate.  The show exploded on ABC on two consecutive nights with the one night ending with the Dynamic Duo in a dire situation to be resolved on the following night. “Batman” was the height of camp with its fight scenes punctuated with words like POW and SPLAT! . It became the coolest show on tv and being cast as a super villain was one of the most envied parts on television. Color television was coming into being and “Batman” was perfect for the new media. It also proved to be escapist television in the midst of a country that showed war on the nightly news. But just as the show exploded, with in two years it fizzled. The show had done its damage to West’s career , forever typecasting him as the Caped Crusader. He did episodic tv like “Alice” and recently appeared as himself on the mega hit , “The Big Bang Theory.” For the most part, his latter career consisted of himself or voicing Batman for various animated series.

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Here is Adam as he appeared on the CBS hit, “The Big Bang Theory” on the 200th episode “The Celebration Experimentation” He is pictured with series stars Kunal Nayar, Kaley Kuoco, Simon Helberg, Johnny Galecki, Mayim Bialik, Melissa Rauch, and Jim Parsons. Also pictured is “Star Trek Next Generation” icon Will Wheaton.

West was survived by his second wife, Marcella. and his children and grandchildren. We at chitownstarconnections give our sympathy to the West family.

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Goodbye Old Chum!  Adam West 1928-2017… here he is in the iconic role that he made famous Bruce Wayne / Batman and his partner, Dick Grayson/ Robin played by Burt Ward.

 

Television’s BFF’s ….Happy Best Friends Day

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 We all have besties . They are the ones who are with you through thick and thin. Sometimes you want to kill them , but you know you are nothing without them. Television shows present and old school is full of them. So on this bff day, we at Chitownstarconnections are saluting our favorite best buds….

Jen had to salute her favorite show and that is the late great “Castle.” What would the writer detective be without his partners? Jon Huertas, Seamus Dever, and Jon Huertas

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These two are as close as best friends can be , without being related. They were part of the “MAGIC” that was “Grey’s Anatomy.” Dr. Cristina Yang and Dr. Meredith Grey….”The Twisted Sisters.” Here are stars TR Knight, Katherine Heigl and the Twisted Sisters … Ellen Pompeo and Sandra Oh.

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What is really great is that in real life “Empire’s” Becky and Jamal are really best friends. Gabourney Sidibe and Jussie Smollett are bffs.

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They have known each other for twenty years in real life , but they also play best buds on tv. Together they ran the country for most of seven years on “Scandal”, They are Jeff Perry and Tony Goldwyn or Cyrus Beene and Fitzgerald Grant.

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They were raised together like brothers, but they had remained best buds all during med school. They shared everything, including Addison. Mark eventually ended up in Seattle and had also slept with all of Derek’s sisters. “Grey’s Anatomy” couldn’t had closer buds then the late Dr. Mark Sloane (Eric Dane) and the late Dr. Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey)

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 There was never a better group of friends than the four sexy gals from NYC… Samantha, Miranda, Charlotte, and Carrie…. “Sex and the City”

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There isn’t two more perfect and drunk bff’s in all of Britain than those lovable addicts Patsy and Edwina (Jennifer Saunders and JoAnna Lumley) of “Ab Fab”

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They are all geniuses with women problems. But they can count on each other, no matter what. They are Sheldon (Jim Parsons), Leonard (Johnny Galecki) Howard (Simon Helberg) and Raj (Kunal Nayaar)

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 They are total opposites , the one was raised in poverty and the other in the lap of luxury, but poverty brought Max and Caroline together. Now they are just “Two Broke Girls” (Beth Behrs and Kat Dennings)

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 That’s what friends are for … like the fun foursome who return to NBC this fall on “Will and Grace” … Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullahy, and Sean Hayes…

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They may have been cousins, but they are the best of buds in ritzy Bel Air… Carlton and Will of the “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air”

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 They are four women from Atlanta with a lot of class and style…Mary Jo (Annie Potts) Charlene (Jean Smart) Julia (the late great Dixie Carter) and Suzanne (Delta Burke) “Designing Women”

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There is no better group of friends than the sexy sextet from the series that is named “Friends” … Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer. true classics …

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They are gbbf’s in real life and have played lovers on the screen… they are “Huckleberry Quinn” or Katie Lowes and Guillermo Diaz of “Scandal”

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Two women who were forced to be together when their ex husbands decided to come out are the hilarious stars of Netflix “Grace and Frankie” Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda

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 There seems to be a lot of reboots on tv and one of the most popular on Netflix is the reboot of “Full House” called “Fuller House” Dave Coulier , Bob Saget , and John Stamos have reprised their roles as much of the cast has… DJ and Kimmy have grown up and have kids of their own

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They were the cast with the show about ‘nothing” best of buds…. on “Seinfeld” Jerry, George, Elaine, and the inevitable Kramer..

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The wisdom that they spot is pure gold… they are the old ladies who know what’s what.Rose, Blanche, Dorothy, and of course Sophia..”The Golden Girls”

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They are the girls  who live a singles life in a 90’s kind of world … she’s glad she’s got her girls… Maxx, Regine, Kadejah, and Sinclair… Living Single…

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Finally we end with two buds on the hit CMT show “Nashville” , both are looking for that neon rainbow and chasin that honky tonk dream… Sam Palladio and Chris Carmack

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Did we include your favorite tv buds ? If not write and tell us about them… here is my bff picture… it’s Jen….15589834_10157834996700577_8153654855180318187_n Happy besties day!!!

 

 

Happy Anniversary to a Shondaland Couple

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Today is a day of celebration in Shondaland for the Foleys. They have been married for ten years. Well you might know them for their alter egos more than Scott and Marika Foley.  Marika Dominzyk  is the love interest of Dr. Arizona Robbins on the mega hit “Grey’s Anatomy,” now headed for Season 14.

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 But her hubby was a part of Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital as well. Scott was the sweet lovable Henry Burton , husband to Dr. Teddy Altman.

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Sadly Henry died on the operating table, making him one of the most beloved “Grey’s ” patients in fourteen seasons.  Only Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s , Denny Duquette was more loved than Scott’s character…but Shonda loved Scott so much that she decided to cast him as Captain Jake Ballard, Navy buddy to President Fitzgerald Grant

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Jake has been a lover, a fighter, and also a politician. He has been a part of the show since the second season . We have also found out that “Jake” isn’t his real name and we have also seen him get married. Scott and Marika have three children, two boys and a girl, Konrad, Keller, and Malina. They also have pets to make the Foley household a happy, crazy place. So happy anniversary to Marika and Scott….cheers from Chitownstarconnections

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The Many Roles of Tony Goldwyn

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57 years ago today, a remarkable man was born. He has done remarkable things and just helped to make the world a little bit better. He has played a doctor, a lawyer, a father, and even President of the United States. He knows how to work behind the camera and knows how to act in front of it. He is Anthony Howard Goldwyn and this is for everything he does.

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A director … Tony has directed quite a few movies and television shows. In fact, that is how Shonda originally knew him and offered him the role of Fitz. He has directed “Grey’s ” “Private Practice” and quite a few episodes of “Scandal.” Here he is on the set . Tony directed the two hour finale in Season Six.

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A musical comedy actor- Tony has been well known for his work in the theatre. Even before his work in the movies, he was trained as a theatre actor. Josh Malina actually told me in an interview that the reason he took “Scandal” was because of Tony’s work in the theatre. Here Tony is in the 2010 revival of “Promises Promises” . He has an incredible baritone voice.

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An animal lover- Tony loves animals especially dogs. He has always been a dog owner , but sadly lost his dog Sandy not too long ago. Currently he babysits his daughter Anna’s dog quite a bit. But Tony is the doggy daddy to Kerry’s fur baby , Josie. She even has a chair with her name on the set.

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An advocate for cancer- Tony lost his mother to lung cancer, so he has decided to stand up in the fight for finding a cure for cancer.  He has appeared on tv on “Stand Up for Cancer” and even appeared in a photo campaign using his mother’s picture. Here he is on the front cover of the popular Parade magazine

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A comic actor- Tony can really make you laugh. Here he is in the indie “The Godfather of Green Bay” . He plays a middle aged man who was a football hero in Wisconsin. Here he is dancing the “Macarena.” Oh and did I mention that he is also a drug dealer that the mob is after.

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A dramatic actor- Tony has played a lot of serious roles. He was a young man who was dying of AIDS on “Designing Women” . He has played a father whose daughter was raped in “The Last House on the Left.”  Tony ‘s best role has to be the man who was President and lost his son on “Scandal.” In this episode, Fitz is helpless as “Peus” detonates the drones.

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A friend … Tony loves all of his cast mates but he has different relationships with some of them. Jeff and him have known each other for about twenty years. He also has special relationships with Tom Verica and Scott Foley. But his closest friend on the “Scandal” set has to be Kerry.

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A Disney cartoon character- In 1990, Tony voiced one of the most successful Disney cartoons of recent years, “Tarzan.” If you notice the “King of the Jungle” , he has Tony’s blue eyes and strong chin. He even has his physique.

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A father- Tony has been a great father to his two daughters, Anna and Tess. He is very proud of them both. Anna is a writer for the show “Supergirl” and teaches a yoga class. Tess is currently attending Northwestern for drama. Frequently he comes to Chicago to visit her, so gladiators you might see him around the Windy City.

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A political mouthpiece-  Tony spent most of the year last year as the surrogate for candidate Hillary Clinton. He also was convincing enough to get people to care about elections through his campaigning for Hillary. Tony has spent most of his career in many roles as a politician. Maybe in the future, he might run for something himself. He’s got my vote.

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A romantic leading man… In the past the couples were Ross and Rachel and Meredith and Derek. For the past six years, Tony and Kerry have burned up TGIT with their passionate roles as Olivia Pope , Political Fixer and Fitzgerald Grant, POTUS. Will there be a  happy ending for these two? We certainly hope so.

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He knows how to make fun of himself- Tony is a joy when he is on a talk show. He charms the audience and a few shows he actually made quite an impression. . On Stephen Colbert’s show, Colbert actually told him to go to hell when he saw a scene from “Scandal” when he saw his shirtless body . But Tony seems to always have a good time when he does Jimmy Kimmel . He usually does some kind of fun skit involving his cast. In “Scandal High,” he was Hunter , the football jock and class President.

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As a model- Tony definitely looks good in everything. He has graced magazines covers and is the one man who can wear a suit. He is constantly dressed in suits and has made a great spokesman for Brooks Brothers.  They actually put a flag pin on suits that are sold in their stores and the label reads Fitzgerald Grant . Take that Kevin Spacey.

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Knows how to enjoy life- Whether he is singing karaoke , or just having a drink, Tony can always be at the center of the fun. He loves meat and yes he does drink scotch.

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One of the titles that Tony has is King of Social Media. He loves to tweet his fans and he also loves to take selfies. He is the best thing to happen to Instagram and Twitter. He always tries to make it point to tweet on Thursday with fans during the show.  If you get a special tweet wishing you a happy birthday or a spoiler about the episode, consider yourself lucky.

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So on this 57th birthday! We your gladiators wish you the happiest of birthdays and hope you enjoy spending the day with the ones you love!!

In My Life, I ‘ve Loved Them All

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Well gladiators, it has been quite a week. Our favorite couple has worked the press tours, then there  was the announcement that Season 7 is the end of the ride, and it culminated with a two hour season 6 finale. Of all of the seasons, I would have to say that two, five, and this one were the best. Mellie is in the Oval, Fitz is on his way to Vermont alone, and Liv is ready to rule the world. But this can’t be the end, after all this was a two hour finale. Tonight’s double feature was directed by none other than Tony “Fitzgerald” Goldwyn himself.

It has been quite a roller coaster ride  and tonight it ended for Fitzgerald Thomas Grant 3. Other than Kerry , Tony has been the one who has taken a role and made it truly his own. All of the gladiators have changed, Bellamy Young has taken a vengeful shrew and made her into a shero. (It is a shame that we couldn’t have this in real life.) Mellie got what she wanted. Way back when Olivia was kidnapped , she told Fitz that she wanted the Oval. He told her that he wanted Olivia back and healthy. For a couple that really didn’t have a lot of love for each other, they did have respect. These were two people who had lived together for twenty odd years and shared three children together. Whether Fitz  was the natural father or not, these are his kids. He raised them with Mellie. Can Mellie and Marcus get back on track or will Marcus not learn from Olivia’s mistakes.? Even Liv told Mellie she didn’t have to wait eight years. But Fitz was ready to take over B613, instead he made peace with DC, left for Vermont alone to start the Grant Foundation, At last , Mellie and Fitz have gotten what they want.

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Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) is finally free. His pardon from America’s royal prison has finally come and he is handing over the Oval to his ex  Mellie (Bellamy Young)

But it wasn’t an easy road for Mellie, there was people plotting the whole step of the way. There were suspects galore and finally tonight, we got an answer. Luna Vargas was the one behind the assassination attempt . She took care of her hubby and made the way clear for her to be President. But there is one person that she didn’t count on and that was Olivia and the gladiators. Luna wanted to see Mellie dead but she didn’t get her way … For there is a new wave in the nation and it is fresh and new. It is a shame that we didn’t get the outcome we all fought so hard for. Maybe next time we will. At least in Shonda’s land we do have a strong female to lead the nation. Melody Margaret Grant.

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Mellie  (Bellamy Young) waves to the crowd as she takes the crown from her ex and becomes the First Woman President.

Olivia seems to have completed her own journey as well. She has made peace with her father,  Cyrus and her have mended fences. She has handed over OPA to run the White House and thanks to her gladiators, she has saved Mellie . But there is one thing that has escaped Liv and that is her man. Fitz has taken off for Vermont but left her in Washington. It was one of the saddest scenes of the show tonight when Liv ran right in front of the press and paparazzi to give Fitz a good bye kiss

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Olivia (Kerry Washington) says her goodbye to Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) as he leaves Washington . (But don’t worry , he’ll be back.)

In the meantime, life is changing for the gladiators as well. Quinn and Abby have mended fences and she has confided that she is pregnant . She wants to have Abby run OPA because she wants a normal life and is scared Charlie will be bored. But it couldn’t make the former killer happier when he found out he was going to be a father. But Charlie is also having trouble with the changing role that he has with Quinn. He is threatened by her being the boss lady.

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There is a new gladiator in the oven . Quinn (Katie Lowes) is pregnant and Charlie couldn’t be happier.  Congrats are in order for both since George Newbern has been made a series regular for the last season.  Katie is really pregnant by her hubby, Adam Shapiro.

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Best line of the evening,  “Raise your hand everyone who has killed a Vice President.” Olivia tells Mrs Vargas ( Tessie Santiago) that her game is up and she knows she is behind the plot to kill Mellie and how she had her own hubby killed. Jake (Scott Foley) sits with her to make sure she dies that night.

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Here is where the circle has come full circle. Olivia was brought into the world of the White House by her mentor , Cyrus (Jeff Perry) . The two survey Washington on Inauguration Night as Olivia tells him that she will advise Mellie to name him as Vice President.

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There isn’t really one person to name as MVG tonight. Everyone was awesome. So as we wrap up another season of “Scandal” , I would like to say thanks to my loyal readers, subscribers, and sister wives. I also would like to congratulate cast and crew on another super season. Though all good things must come to an end, we look forward to the happy ending that is to come.  Have a safe summer gladiators and remember there is always DVD’s and Netflix. Oh and one more thing, Happy Birthday Tony who turns 57 on Saturday!!!    Happy Summer see you in September.