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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.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

You Are Cordially Invited to the Wedding of Olivia Carolyn Pope and Fitzgerald Thomas Grant 3… A Wedding to Remember

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 It may have been two weeks ago, but it was the episode that took “Scandal” back to the water cooler . The premise was simple, what if Olivia would have never said “Yes” to Defiance.? It was interesting to see what would have happened to our fave gladiators if Fitz would have lost.  There was the interesting pairing of Mellie and Cyrus and the return of fan favorite , Dan Bucatinsky as James. But the one point that really made people talk and also the ratings rise was the wedding. Since there was no White House for Fitz, he took a chance and flew cross country and proposed to Olivia after he announced that him and Mellie were done. Relive those magic moments of Olitz and the wedding that should have been….

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 Of course, if Olivia would have married her handsome Governor of California. She had to have the grandest gown of all. Lyn Paolo and Shonda had imput in choosing the perfect gown. The dress was from Anne Barge and was the Berkeley and it cost about $4600.  This isn’t the first time that Kerry wore white for Fitz. In season five, Fitz was about to be impeached and Liv was going to be called to testify. Brilliant Cyrus came up with the brilliant idea that Fitz would be safe if Liv and him got married.

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Here is Liv looking like the First Lady she was getting ready to be . She had told Fitz that she wasn’t going to wear the white gown, no vows, or flowers. Unfortunately, the wedding never happened.

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Here is Abby  (Darby Stanchfield) or Liv’s BFF as her maid of honor.

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 Huck (Guillermo Diaz) gives the bride away as the everyone looks on.

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Currently Debra Mooney is playing Owen Hunt’s mother on “Grey’s Anatomy. But in the alternate episode Verna was never murdered so she was invited to the wedding.

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Is David Rosen(Joshua Malina) interested in the ceremony  or in the maid of honor?

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 Dan Bucatinsky took a special break from “24 Legacy” to return for the 100th episode. In the AU episode, James never gets to marry Cyrus. Instead Cyrus marries the former Mrs Grant. Cyrus stays in the closet but still pines for the reporter.

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Marcus (Cornelius Walker Jr.) sits with Huck .  Marcus and Olivia work together in this AU. There is no OPA.

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 And waiting at the altar is the happy groom. (Tony Goldwyn)

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On the happiest day of her life, Olivia Carolyn Pope (Kerry Washington)

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 I Olivia Carolyn Pope take you Fitzgerald Thomas Grant the third to be my lawful , wedded husband.

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I love this pic of the two of them. They look so in love. (Well they do call it acting…or is it?)

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Fitz has found his true love… now will he be really taking this lady to Vermont or will they settle in DC?

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With this ring , I thee wed….

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 And now they are one…if it would have happened. One of DC’s power couples. But in the AU, we saw a different story.

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But even in this AU… Rowan (Joe Morton) can’t stand the fact his extraordinary daughter is marrying this man.

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This church has been used  in a lot of shows. I love the aisle view and all the flowers that were used.

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Why does this man always look hot ? It is hard to believe in just a few weeks he will be 57 years old.

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 Look where Tony’s hand is … on that booty!

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Announcing for the first time, Governor and Mrs . Fitzgerald Thomas Grant  the third.

Last Year on. . .

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The girls of TGIT are ready to get back to work(. , Kerry Washington,Ellen Pompeo  and Viola Davis )

It has been almost two months for HTGWM and “Grey’s Anatomy” and almost a year for “Scandal.”to be on Thursday nights .  It has also been an eventful year for the cast from “Scandal.” Kerry Washington gave birth to her son , Caleb . Tony has worked on three movies, a Broadway play, and campaigned for Hillary Clinton. Have we missed our gladiators? Hell yes! “Grey’s ” ended with Alex  Karev’s career in jeopardy as he waited for the verdict on his attempted murder charge  “How to Get Away with Murder” ended with the death of Wes. But some other things happened the last time we were with our friends…join us as we catch up before the big return next Thursday.

“Grey’s Anatomy”  What is Grey’s without a catastrophe? In this case, it was an apartment collapsing that brought the surgeons to arms. Alex’s case continued and Jo was called to the stand. Jo has a secret that she didn’t tell Alex, she was married before and she is still legally married to her abusive husband. Alex finally learns the secret and he is given a plea bargain of two years in prison . Meredith tells him to take the bargain. Did he go away?

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The two friends (Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers) discuss Alex going to jail.

Meanwhile the Chief’s day has gone from bad to worse. He has a patient die on the table first. Then, he finds out that Eliza Minnick has taken over the resident program and he is basically ornamental. But Webber isn’t down and out , he is going to fight . Minnick has other things to occupy her time, Arizona. Fun fact: The lady who plays Eliza is married to another one of Shonda’s actors.  Marika Dominzyk is the real life wife to “Scandal’s” Jake Ballard, Scott Foley

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Marika is here with her hubby, Scott Foley. Scott was also on “Grey’s Anatomy” . He played the sick husband of Teddy that died when Cristina operated on him. Scott is currently playing Jake Ballard on “Scandal”

Owen is a loser in love again. Amelia has sent him a dear John letter and told him she left. Will she return? Find out next Thursday.

“Scandal”  Jake is back to murdering . He is told by Rowan to murder Vanessa’s father so he can leave his billions to Vanessa and her new hubby. Rowan has a power base and it is scaring all of the gladiators. Olivia is very scared for Jake . Cyrus is making the rounds trying to find a Veep for Vargas. The first candidate is Rosen. The Republicans are preparing for the convention and there is fighting between the exes. Mellie is mad because her dear ex hubby is blowing his own horn too much. He claims she can’t win without his help. But Fitz has other things on his mind. He comes across something on Abby’s desk. It is Olivia’s medical records and they were given to her to torpedo Mellie’s campaign. Fitz finally realizes that there was problems and that is why Olivia left.He admits that he misses just talking with her. Is this the beginning of a reconciliation with Olitz?

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 Olivia (Kerry Washington) is enjoying a chat in the Oval with her ex Fitz (Tony Goldwyn)

Rowan has made a visit to Cyrus and everyone tries to sell him on Jake. Jake is Satan to Cyrus since he was the one who shot James. Olivia tries to sell him as well. Jake has asked her to save him. She comes up with the plan to have him rescued by being Mellie’s running mate. Jake tells her he dreams of a normal life with a tract house and him coaching kids ball. Olivia explodes and says how she is not normal, but extraordinary. Cyrus has found out that Michael has moved to Virginia and taken care of Ella. Tom tells him that he can take care of Michael and it would look like an accident. Cyrus and Olivia start at each other and its war between student and teacher. Someone is going back to the White House. The stage is set and the candidates have been announced.

 

Mellie (Bellamy Young)  has a new running mate … her ex husband’s friend and her campaign manager’s ex… Jake Ballard (Scott Ballard) aka Pete Harris

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And Vargas(Ricardo Chavira)  finds his own running mate..Cyrus!!!!  (Jeff Perry)

Who will win the Oval ? And what happened while they were on the Trail? Find out who will be the new President next Thursday.

How To Get Away With Murder   We know who was under the sheet . It was Wes. But the sad part is that Annalise has been put in jail as well as losing her law license . Everyone is very sad including Annalise and the other Keating kids. All of them, except for Laurel.  Laurel was also hurt in the explosion. She was not alone, she was pregnant with either Wes or Frank’s baby. Frank has disappeared . . Annalise begins to drink again.

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You’d get drunk too if you had been disbarred, fired from your teaching job, accused of murder, and had your students murder your cheating hubby. Poor Annalise …(Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner, Viola Davis)

Frank is warned by Bonnie that they are all still in danger of being revealed in the deaths of Sam and Rebecca. Rebecca’s body was discovered in the woods which brings her murder to life. Annalise burns the files having to deal with Sam and Rebecca’s murders , but leaves the door open. Connor has been having sex with Thomas and it is revealed the Oliver lied about his HIV status. He was never ill.  We also find out the truth , Wes was dead before the explosion.

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Nate has to tell Annalise that Wes is dead. But who really killed him?  (Albert Enoch)

Eight Years of Torment-An Examination of the Grant Years

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It has been a long haul but we have finally come to the end of the lame duck President Grant’s days as President. Eight years is a long time, but we have been watching how the California governor with a military record but not much political experience would handle his tenure as President. Some have ranked him as one of the worst Presidents that we have had and others have admired how he has handled the office despite the personal problems he has had. Let’s look back on eight years of the Grant Administration.

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It all started out so full of promise. Grant won the Presidency over Governor Reston of Connecticut with a landslide. He won the election with the help of Campaign Manager Olivia Pope who went on to become Communications Director. Beside his side, was his dutiful wife, Mellie and his Chief Of Staff , Cyrus Beane

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 After an intense drafting session at Camp David, Grant delivers his first State of the Union address. Returning relaxed, Grant is confident with his address. Shortly after this, Communications Director Olivia Pope resigns. Her official reason was to start her own firm , unofficially she gives no reason. The President is saddened

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President Grant is threatened by a unknown tape of his voice that could threaten his Presidency. A worker in the White House threatens him and says that he had sex with her. Cyrus goes to Olivia for help which results in a reconciliation between her and the President. For the first time we realize that the President and Olivia were romantically involved .

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President Grant listens to the tape and realizes who is on it. We see for the first time Olivia and Fitz history. They bond over his sham of a marriage and the two realize they are in love with each other. The voice is Olivia’s and the tape has a woman on it now. Amanda and Billy bond to get Sally in the White House and plan blackmail of Grant. Amanda tries to kill herself and then asks for Olivia’s help . Cyrus sees no other way out and Amanda ends up in the Potomac. Problem solved? No way.

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Fitz is ready to resign and tells Olivia that he can finally be with her. He doesn’t care about anything but her and wants to resign. Olivia makes the hugest sacrifice she can. She sees Mellie leaving and brings her back to do an interview after the tape is blogged about . The woman’s voice is hers and her and the President were trying to have another baby. Mellie gets pregnant to save her husband’s ass. The stress continues. Olivia and Fitz separate .

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Olivia has started to see her old fiance since it seems the relationship is dead between her and Fitz. Fitz has her followed and under surveillance. Olivia learns about a spy camera that is in the White House and would eventually be in every home called Thorngate. While Fitz is hunting, he has Olivia summoned and she is furious. He confronts her about Thorngate and more importantly , her relationship with Edison.

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Fitz realizes that he and Olivia can’t make it work , so he invites her to a restaurant. After that he dumps her. Sickened over his decision, he has to go to London and the G8. The stress begins and he doesn’t call Mellie from the time he leaves. Did he make a mistake?

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Fitz informs Mellie that she doesn’t have to worry about Olivia anymore. He tells her that she won. The couple is on the way to Fitz’s birthday gala , but Mellie says she wants to go home she has a feeling. The pregnant woman isn’t far off. Fitz is shot.

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A new problem arises. It is revealed that Fitz’s election has been fixed. James Novak and David Rosen have been doing some digging. The group that fixed the election meets to decide what to do to keep the fix secret. Huck meets Becky at an AA meeting but it turns out that she wants him framed for an assassination attempt. Becky is hired for an assassination by Verna. The plan goes off and there is an attempt on the President’s life.

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Fitz is shot in the head causing him to have brain surgery . He codes on the table and then stays in a coma. The country is in turmoil because Press Secretary Britta Kagan is shot and dies. Secret Service agent Hal is also hit but recovers. Sally sees her shot and campaigns to  take over as President. Mellie , Cyrus  and Olivia cook up a plot to foil Sally by lying and saying the President is fine. Olivia can’t bear the thought of losing Fitz and begins a vigil.

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Defiance finally comes out for the President. On her death bed, Verna confesses all and tells him who was part of it. The worst blow was that Olivia was part of it. He doesn’t care if Mellie or Cyrus goes down, but she is another story . He can’t let her go down and so he smothers Verna and she dies. After her funeral, he can’t face Olivia and says that she didn’t have to wait for him. They are over (for now)

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He and Olivia part and they are both miserable. Without realizing it, Cyrus asks both people to be the Godparents of his and James’ baby. When they see each other, they can’t fight their feelings. Fitz has been sick over a hostage crisis and drinking heavily. The alcohol takes its toll and he chases her down the hall and pull her into a closet. He attacks her and then once again hurts her by saying that they are done . She is left in tears , while he goes to deal with his Presidential crisis.

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President Grant is tested again when he finds out Olivia is in the hospital. The drought is ended but Olivia is attacked by the spy he had watching her. Surprise, Capt Ballard is falling for her. Jake realizes that someone has targeted Olivia and rushes to protect her. She finds out that he has been spying on her on cameras . Jake isn’t dumb, he fakes an attack which lands her in the hospital. His undying love shows when he visits her. The visit must be secret so he isn’t discovered.

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 Mrs. Grant has had it with her cheating spouse and she is ready to blow the whistle on their cozy love nest. Fitz has had it too. He tells Olivia that Mellie has moved out of the White House into Blair House. She has had it with his antics as well. She gives him an ultimatum , if you want me earn me. He does it , he comes over and waits while his loving wife is going to expose his cheating ass. To add fuel to the fire, the person she asks to interview her on network television live is Cyrus’s husband, James. The clock strikes nine and the interview begins. Fitzgerald Grant has made his choice.

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Stress causes Cyrus to have a heart attack . Everyone is beside themselves. Fitz comes to visit him and then so does Mellie . Mellie says that it is time to go and tells Fitz they are leaving together since he is running again. Fitz calmly informs her that he is not . He is divorcing her and slowly introducing Liv to the public as his girlfriend. Cyrus recovers and tells Fitz Liv has cheated on him then he tells Olivia that Fitz murdered Verna. Olivia says that her gladiators need her and she can’t leave them. For the second time, he tries to give everything up for her.

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Olivia is at peace until she opens her door and is ambushed. She is the President’s mistress and someone  blew the the whistle. Everyone scrambles to cover up whoever the leak is. They even find a fake plant , Janine Locke, who will go down in infamy by talking about the President’s baguette. Surprisingly, the leak was the President himself.

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The President’s newest problem is finding a narrative to spin about him and Olivia. Olivia can’t take the fall and the loveless marriage continues. The gladiators save her ass by coming up with the lie that Janine Locke was the President’s mistress. Mellie pays her off to buy the story.

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Another grey hair appears as Olivia is stuck in a hostage situation with a distraught mother who lost her spy son.

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The sins of the past are ready to catch up again as Fitz attends a former Navy Seal’s funeral  who was murdered . His autopsy revealed a set of numbers that turned out to be a key to a secret mission by the name of Remmington. Remmington involved a plane being shot down and who shot it down. 329 lives were lost and one of those supposedly was Olivia’s mother.

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Olivia is mad at Fitz thinking he is behind her mother’s death. She decided to back Josie Marcus instead. Sally resigns to run as an independent against Fitz. Fitz needs a new running mate and calls his former Lt Governor, Andrew Nickles. It proves to be a stupid one. Fitz wants Olivia back and gets her to see a secret house he was building for them . The two of them make love in the house.

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Fitz confronts Rowan about Remmington and also about how he feels about his daughter. Rowan says he has never been a man, only a boy.

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More trouble for Grant as he comforts his best friend, Cyrus after his husband has been murdered. The murder is covered up as a car jacking. David Rosen knows the real story since he was a witness to Jake killing James and three other people.

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As the campaign for reelection continues, the Grant children are summoned to the White House. Fitz finds out his son is wearing Reston t shirts and wreaking havoc. His daughter can’t stand either of them and catches her mother in a compromising position with Uncle Andrew. Dad goes and punches him in the eye. Olivia walks in on an argument and is put in her place when he reminds her that he is talking to his wife.

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More trouble as Maya and Adnan construct a bomb that will be used to kill the President. They stick it in the church where Sen Hightower’s funeral is to take place. The bomb goes off as Fitz watches the church blow up where he was supposed to speak.

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For the first time, he is terrorized . Olivia fears for her life and that of the man she loves . He finds out that her and Jake slept together as well. Sally uses the bomb to help her own career. Savior Sally wins support.

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Maya wants revenge so she stabs Rowan. Olivia runs to her father’s side forgetting Fitz

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The worst is yet to come when Fitz ‘s son , Jerry is murdered . Adding insult to injury, Olivia has left Washington for parts unknown with Jake. She blames herself for everyone’s pain. .   The President   doesn’t know how much more he can take…..

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Olivia escapes all her problems as she calls herself the scandal. Her and Jake leave Washington as the President mourns his son. Fitz wins his second term with a sympathy vote.

randy-red-julia-and-superfreak Harrison is dead and the gladiators want Olivia to return from paradise. Despite argument from Jake, they come back to Washington. The gladiators are furious with her for abandoning them since they all have new jobs . In the end the team reunites to mourn their friend. Olivia tries to leave until a new case begs her to help her. While in the Capitol, she encounters Fitz . Without a word the two pass except for the secret smile on their faces.

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The death of Jerry Jr takes its toll on the First Couple. Mellie has lost interest in everything and the tabloids are having a field day. Fitz has to continue to run the country and Olivia helps him with his second State of the Union address. She also has to play referee to a fighting couple who are brought to Washington as national heroes. Fitz salutes a grieving First Lady for her courage. When the cameras are off, Mellie collapses.

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Another grey hair and another wrinkle appear when he finds out that his dear darling of a daughter has slipped her detail to go to a party . Two boys take advantage of the fact and make a sex tape of the drugged First Daughter. Olivia comes to the rescue and gets the opportunistic parents. Fitz and her come together for the first time since her return and she tells him she left with Jake. Fitz is once again crushed , but determined to win her back.

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Tom was imprisoned but he was edged on by command to confess who made him kill Jerry Jr. He admitted that Jake Ballard had the President’s son murdered. The lie was enough to have him imprisoned in the Pentagon and cross examined by the President. When Jake told Fitz  he didn’t kill him, he was so infuriated that he started to egg him on about his affair with Olivia and the trip to paradise. Nobody touches Olivia and so Fitz proceeded to beat the shit out of him with the cover of murdering his son. More gray hairs and wrinkles and now a bloody hand. While Jake is in custody, Olivia begs Fitz to release him. He calls her and makes the dirtiest phone call that makes her wet her panties.

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Jake is released from custody but is moved to the bunker for his own safety. Feelings are set aside as the three plot to take down Roman. Jake is still in protective custody , but Fitz sees it to his advantage and kisses Olivia outside the bunker when they leave. Olivia sees it as a way to lure her father so Rosen can arrest him. She tells him that she can’t stand the two fighting over her. A plot is beginning to be hatched and the only thing revealed is that someone has been watching Olivia. It is revealed that the Vice President and Elizabeth North are up to something.

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Rowan gets wise and gives the kill order to eliminate B613 agents when he fears the end of the evil organization. Olivia and Fitz try to get the aid of Maya in taking down her husband. Before Rosen can get to the information, all of the evidence is destroyed. OPA is blown up and Olivia tries to shoot her father. Unfortunately, she fails. Cyrus’ boy toy is caught with his pants down and Cyrus relationship is brought to light thanks to Lizzie Bear. Thanks to Olivia, she spins the gay relationship and tells Cyrus he is no one’s bitch baby. His job is saved and Olivia feels like she is not needed at the White House anymore. She celebrates her choosing her with Jake as they dance and make love. When he goes to get a pillow , she is gone. Andrew smugly goes to the Oval and tells Fitz that he has a choice to make … war or Olivia?

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Olivia is kidnapped and taken away as prisoner. An innocent neighbor dies so they can take her from her apartment. Jake takes off to try and rescue her and the kidnappers have beat him. Fitz is furious and the first person he blames is Jake. Jake assures him that he has nothing to do with this. The two unite to save her. Olivia tries to escape but to no avail. Her exhaustion leads to her dreams. In the first part of the dream, Jake turns commando and rescues her. Then there is another part of the dream. She is in an unfamiliar bedroom and goes and gets in the shower. There is a man in the shower….

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Olivia is Olivia Pope Grant  and she is living in a post Grant Vermont with the former President and present mayor, Fitz. There are no kids though. Olivia encounters Abby who reminds her she has to save herself. Olivia runs down a hall to some red doors and realizes she is still in the US not some far away country. Fitz informs Cyrus that Olivia has been kidnapped.

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The team and the White House are all uniting and trying to find Olivia and rescue her. Mellie sells out and seduces Andrew to find out where she is. The gladiators stage an ambush to find out that Olivia has been moved. His hand has been forced and now President Grant is forced to declare war on West Angola. Olivia has truly become Helen of Troy and thousands of lives are lost. Now Olivia is put on the auction block and the highest bidder will get the woman whom the leader of the free world loves. The bidding begins… let the games begin.

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The bidding ends with the aid of Olivia’s mother and then she finds out she is going to the Iranians. Olivia uses her language skills and makes the negotiator mad. Abby wanders around in the dark since Cyrus won’t tell her anything.For security reasons, Cyrus seeks to have Olivia killed because she has too much knowledge about the government.  She saves the day by calling Steven who brings her back to DC. Steven is now working with the Russians and that is how he finds her since they were the second highest bidders. Safe in her apartment, she has a visitor and that is Fitz. She lays into him and the two of them fight again. She also takes off the ring and throws it at him. They are finished.

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Cyrus gets himself into a mess when his boy whore fiance gets caught in Dupont Circle with a guy. It’s time to take action and Olivia goes to work by arranging a gay wedding in the Rose Garden sponsored by the First Lady. The wedding brings memories back to the other weddings in Cyrus’s life, to a woman and to his late hubby , James. The wedding goes off despite torment from Sally. Olivia is confident enough to put Deux Bebe back on her finger. For the first time, Fitz sees some hope.

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The White House and Washington is a mess. Rowan manages to avoid jail and makes a deal with Mellie if she gives him the list of jurors . The jurors are murdered and the case is dismissed. Rowan is free. Huck murders the jurors. Olivia and Jake go to the CIA to spill their guts which lands them in jail thanks to Cyrus. David is threatened and forces Olivia to sign to get out of jail. Jake delivers her to her door and tells her its the end of his mission and urges her to go to the man she loves. Mellie wins the Senatorial election but during her speech, Lizzie Bear tells Fitz about the jurors and he throws her out on her ass. The next bit of housecleaning is firing Cyrus, which pleases Lizzie Bear who wanted to see him gone. Fitz goes to Olivia’s , but she isn’t there. He assumes that she left with Jake again. Defeated, he goes back to the White House . But then he hears a familiar voice …it’s Olivia! She is there for him. He asks “What do we do now?” She smiles and says, “Whatever we want.” Then the lovers begin to kiss…..

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Fitz entertains the Prince and his wife of Caledonia. He talks with the Queen about a naval base for the US. It is his first State Dinner without Mellie. Even though they can’t be public yet, it is very obvious that Fitz and Olivia are together. Mellie is sworn in as Senator of VA. but after he poses with her during her swearing in, Fitz tells her that he wants a divorce. Mellie begs for mercy, but to no avail.

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After deciding that they want to slow things down, the world speeds things up by showing a leak in the White House security feeds.  Sally proudly shows the couple embracing on “The Liberty Report.”

TONY GOLDWYN After this, Olivia is on the run and she helps with a case involving a young man accused of murder. She takes Jake on the road to help her. The two talk about what could happen if she decides to return and be with Fitz. She is scared to death. Fitz calls and leaves her a message that he is asking Mellie to return and do damage control.

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The couple try to explain to Noah Banks that Olivia is taking the blame for this and that the couple is stronger than ever.

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But Olivia decides to fight for them and returns to a crowd of a reporters asking her if she is the President’s mistress… her answer YES!!!

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Mellie tries to dissuade Olivia from returning to her place with Fitz. The interview is flagged when Noah sees Olivia’s confession. Abby is mediator for Fitz and Cyrus is for Mellie. The two decide that their paths have grown apart and Mellie leaves the White House. There is only one way to play it and Abby does it the way that Liv would . She slut shames Olivia making her out as a power hungry woman who uses powerful older men. Fitz won’t have it , but Olivia says she has to take the fall.

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A tabloid reporter takes Abby’s accusations and then the media storm starts. Mellie is ready for work but the committee has some bigger fish to fry, it is to fry Mellie’s husband’s ass and start impeachment proceedings. They want her to vote with them to impeach him. Fitz wants to fire Abby, Lizzie Bear says wait before she leaves. Fitz’ s party wants him to play ball with him and basically make racist comments about Olivia. This angers Fitz and he dares the world to come between them. He shows up to take her on their first date. So does the press. Mellie sees this and says IMPEACH HIM!!

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Mellie has started proceedings and Rosen warns Fitz that he should be getting a lawyer. The committee has issued all files from the White House to be seized. Olivia seduces Fitz and while the music is playing, she tells him that they have the computer files from when she was kidnapped. It may not be impeachable to have a mistress, but declaring a war for her is. The only one who knew about Liv’s kidnapping was Cyrus and Fitz asks him to come back.

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Mellie and the gladiators are called to testify. It is a witch hunt concerning Mellie. Olivia will be called to testify now. They will be out for blood but Cyrus to the rescue, Olivia doesn’t have to testify if she and Fitz are married. Mellie makes it final and tells him in no uncertain terms how much she despises Fitz. Olivia comes home to a balcony filled with candles and rose petals.

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Olivia is proposed to by Fitz. She turns him down. Jake goes to be with his “wife” and she invites him to come with her. Elise is murdered at Union Station. Rowan is in danger in prison. Olivia finally accepts Fitz’s proposal and they celebrate. The next day is the wedding and Olivia is basically told her whole life will be turned upside down. She is told to surrender her cell phone and then she gets a call from Mellie. She will release Rowan if Olivia agrees to be her campaign manager. Olivia agrees… once again she leaves Fitz. Rowan is free and so is Tom.

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The foreign country of Bandar has come to the White House for a supposed peace treaty. They are being wined and dined by Fitz and Olivia is being tried out in a First Lady role. She makes quite an impression till one of the dignitaries asks for mercy and to deflect to the US. For her help, he gives information that the leader is hiding things from the President. The gladiators find out that the man is lying and she says no deal. Then he tries to kill himself and tells Olivia he is a homosexual and in his country that is a crime punished by death. Huck proves that the so called soda factory is where bombs are being built.Fitz pretends to sign but then tells the leader he will bomb the hell out of his so called factory for lying. Olivia is arrested for releasing her father and then imprisoned. Fitz comes to visit her and releases her. But to keep her safe, he moves all of her belongings into the White House and says , “This is your home now.”

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It is Christmas time in the White House and the media darling is Olivia. She is doing all the cute little duties of “First Lady” and Mellie is making her mark on Congress with a phillibuster about women’s health rights. Olivia finally had enough when a lady asks her about a cookie recipe. Her boyfriend is with the big dogs and she is no more than a trophy wife. She gets behind Mellie and cheers her on. She then makes a decision. We find out that Olivia is pregnant and she panics once again. This time she gets an abortion and is late for the Cabinet Christmas party. She returns and Fitz lets her have it. This is it and the couple fights for their very survival. Olivia moves out and the couple are alone again. Charlie celebrates the holiday with Quinn and stolen decorations.

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The two of them are leading very separate lives. Olivia is back to gladiating and Fitz has adopted the Grant desire to bed as many women as he can.He also makes Jake NSA Chairman after Jake murders the old one.  It starts with a reporter but the reporter has an agenda.Olivia is also back to sleeping with Jake again.Abby comes into the bedroom and catches him naked with the reporter. But it doesn’t stop there. He makes girls sign disclosure statements when he beds them.

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Fitz pours on the charm for the ladies. After all, he has been married for twenty some years. He can now sow his wild oats , which he does instead of mourning him and Olivia.

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The breakup has caused Fitz to act like his late father… all booze and broads

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But when she brings Teddy to visit Daddy, she catches a rat who had been around her son.

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But Mellie warns him , to keep his whores away from Teddy or she would take his son away from him. She reminds him that he is acting like Big Jerry.

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Olivia gives it her shot . It is the first time since their fight. She asks him if this how he wants his legacy remembered.

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He discovers that Cyrus has jumped ship and has no choice but to fire him for the second time. Abby is now Chief of Staff. She has come a long way from gladiator.

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Susan is now in the battle for President , so the ex lovers are rivals . Fitz urges her to keep it real and also to say that he will kick her ass . For the first time, they are civil. He also tells Susan that he did not win the election the first time.  He tells her to keep it real.

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Olivia has a major PTSD attack when Andrew edges her on about being Fitz’s whore. She picks up a chair and uses it to kill the former Vice President. After she is done, she falls apart and Fitz realizes and so does everyone else that she is sick. He takes her in his arms and they embrace until Abby shows up.

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At Jake’s wedding, Olivia runs and is obviously upset . Fitz runs after her and tells her everything is going to be alright. The wedding goes off and Jake and Vanessa are married. Rowan’s plot is fulfilled.

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The campaign heads to Florida for the FLA governor’s endorsement. Abby starts pulling tricks and Mellie’s campaign flight behind Air Force One. This makes Mellie behind Fitz and makes her late which the lady governor can’t stand. Mellie gets off the plane and so does her ex to talk. Fitz admits that he is worried about Olivia since the wedding and the VP ‘s death. He tells Mellie about Olivia killing Andrew and the two unite over their concern. Susan is now out of the race now. Mellie is now against Doyle. The two girls unite to take him down.

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Fitz found out that Olivia had an abortion and he blames a lot of what happened on the way he was acting back then. He realizes that he should have sat down and talked with her before he moved her into the White House. There is some progress between the two … what is their future?  We hope its back together.

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Mellie has read his speech and it is no more than a love letter to himself. She is not having it. It is supposed to be her show now. Once again, Liv to the rescue to talk to him. Cyrus is now in the race for the Dems as Vargas’ running mate. Fitz opens the Republican convention.

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But on election night something happened … President elect Vargas was shot

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Vargas is shot and then the question of who should be President is asked? Fitz is asked to make the impossible choice between Cyrus and Mellie. Actually the Electoral College is asked to make the decision for him. But one other question is asked, who shot Frankie Vargas?

 

 

 

Hold on there Fitz! There’s a New President in Town-Designated Survivor

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You have to say this about Presidents on shows , there seems to  be   one for every taste. You have the evil President who rules the country with deceit and a wife that is just as evil. Another President has spent most of his term chasing a woman and now is getting ready to be succeeded by his ex wife. Kiefer Sutherland joins the POTUS Parade as President Tom Kirkman. in ABC’s newest political thriller “Designated Survivor”.

When the President makes the State of the Union address, there is one person that is left behind in case something happens like an explosion. The person that was picked to stay behind was a Cabinet member who was slated to be fired. But the most incredible thing happened , Tom Kirkman was the lone man standing and then he was sworn in as President. So begins the story of this new show.

Fresh from being Jack Bauer of 24, Sutherland has that quality that makes the viewer want to cheer for this President. He is not filled with ego, he actually is quite nervous about taking on this much responsibility. There are people who praise him, but there are others who want to see him gone. Natascha McElhone plays his devoted wife, a government lawyer who has also been thrown into an impossible situation. Imagine ! a First Lady without an opposite agenda for herself. Tanner Buchanan and McKenna Grace round out the First Family as Leo Kirkman and Penny Kirkman . Leo is a typical rebellious teenager and it remains to be seen how he handles the constant surveillance of the Secret Service. Penny is definitely her father’s daughter. Stoner movie favorite Kal Penn is Seth Wright. Wright grows to be one of Kirkman’s biggest advocates. Maggie Q is Hannah Wells , another graduate of Quantico who is investigating the attack. She is convinced they are not done yet. Kevin R McNally and Virginia Madsen seek to overthrow the government. Madsen is the most evil Republican since Lizzie Bear and they want POTUS gone.

This remains to be seen as this year’s biggest hit of the new crowd. It has already received the 22 show pick up. The show on the bottle of the barrel is “Notorious.” The viewers have obviously not embraced the “Scandal” replacement and want their show back. Until TGIT returns us to the Grant White House, I am just going to have to stay here with a true patriot.

ADAN CANTO, MAGGIE Q, KAL PENN, ITALIA RICCI, KIEFER SUTHERLAND, NATASCHA MCELHONE, LAMONICA GARRETT, TANNER BUCHANAN

 

Designated Survivor can be seen on ABC on Wednesdays

 

The Woman Who Helped Create Daytime Passes On to Eternity-Agnes Nixon

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Today the entertainment world lost a true pioneer and a treasure. A lost art is the soap opera or daytime drama. In 1980, there were no less than 16 soaps on television . Several of these soaps have this woman to thank . Agnes Nixon was the self proclaimed Queen of Soaps. She was a student of the late Irna Philips who was responsible for creating the longest running story on television. “The Guiding Light.” Agnes had written for “GL” “Another World” “As the World Turns” and “Search for Tomorrow.” Following her time with Ms Phillips, she created the classic ABC soaps “All My Children” “One Life to Live” , “Loving ” A and E’s “Biography” and “The City”. On each of her shows, she made bold choices with storylines and characters. She also made cameo appearances on her shows as well.

Agnes Eckahrdt Nixon was born on December 10,1922 in Chicago . Illinois to Harry Joseph Dalton and Agnes Patricia (Eckahrdt) Wanting to show her talent, she attended Northwestern University where she began to to work on her craft. While she was attending the educational institution , she also pledged the Alpha Chi Omega sorority. Her career in soaps began as a student of Irna Philips. Philips only had one other student at the time and that was William Bell, creator of “The Young and Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful.” Notably, these two shows are one of the only four soaps left on the air.

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Nixon was a writer on “Guiding Light.”. Following a friend’s diagnosis, Nixon wanted to educate women about how important it was to get a pap smear. As a result, Bertha Bauer was given a cancer scare and this is believed to be the first medical related story on daytime . It was bold because in 1962, you couldn’t really say words like Pap Smear and Uterus. Here are the members of the Bauer family including Papa and Bert’s two sons, Edward and Michael.

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When Nixon wrote for “Another World” she created the pivotal character Rachel Davis . The original Rachel was played by Robin Strasser, who would later go on to play the nemesis of heroine Victoria Lord on “OLTL” . Most people know Rachel Davis Cory as the incomparable Victoria Wyndham.  Nixon would use the character for the formation of Erica Kane

Nixon was forced to leave Philips and the strict rules of Procter and Gamble to create her own shows. In 1968, she premiered “One Life to Live.” The show took place in the fictional town in Pennsylvnia of Llanview . It was revolutionary because it told of crossing social structures and cultures. It made its mark because it was the first soap with African American characters.

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Today Lawrence Fishburne is the grandfather of the hit ABC show, “Blackish.” In 1973, he was involved in the revolutionary storyline of being the first African American family on television on “One Life to Live.”

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The main character of OLTL was Victoria Lord . She was the heroine of the show and her nemesis was Dorian Lord, her stepmother. Vicki’s life was turned upside down when Dorian slept with her son, Joey. Yes, that is Nathan Fillion, known to millions of Browncoats as their “Captain” on “Firefly.” More recently, Fillion was the playboy writer detective who was tamed on “Castle.”

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In 1970, Agnes took out her old script and then “All My Children” premiered. One of the most iconic characters in daytime was Erica Kane . Erica was played by the super talented Susan Lucci or “La Lucci. She played the role for the entire run of the show . She also was famous for being nominated for an Emmy for Best Actress in a Daytime Drama the most times with out winning . Lucci was nominated 19 times and finally won  on May 21, 1999.Here she is with creator , Agnes Nixon.

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Once again , Nixon pushed the envelope when she introduced the character of Bianca. She was Erica’s long lost daughter who came out as a lesbian. This was the first gay character in daytime and Agnes won many awards for the storyline including GLaaD.

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Nixon’s next show was “Loving” where she paired off with another soap paramour of the time , Douglas Marland, who coincidentally won the Emmy for “Guiding Light” where Nixon started. Here is future Oscar nominee and Emmy winner for “Breaking Bad” Bryan Cranston as Douglas Donovan

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Michael Weatherly took his character Cooper over from” Loving “to” The City .” The show didn’t last long. Today, Weatherly just got his own series on CBS callled “Bull” Previously , he was on the hit series , “NCIS.”

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Agnes won many awards and honors in her lifetime. Among her proudest moments was when she was nominated for The Television Hall of Fame and The Soap Opera Hall of Fame. In 2010, she was given a lifetime achievement award by the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences. The Emmy was presented by none other than the actress who created her most memorable character, Susan Lucci. Here she is with her family. Her husband , Robert Nixon is deceased. She is survived by three children, ten grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.

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To Agnes’ family Chitownstarconnections sends their thoughts and prayers. Both Jen and I were fans of your work. Jen watched” One Life to Live” and” All My Children.” I was hooked on “The Guiding Light.” to the point of scheduling my classes around it in college. You truly were the master of a lost American art-the soap opera. Soon I will be starting Remember…and feature a different soap each month.