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Scandal

Things you didn't know about your favorite show

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    Scandal was created by Grey's Anatomy screenwriter and producer Shonda Rimes.

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    Tony's favorite scene so far was Liv and Fitz's love scene in the Oval Office.

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    If the president in the show was Black, Kerry Washington would not have signed on the show. Kerry, told EBONY magazine that it would've given people the impression that Fitz and Liv's affair reflected her relationship with President Obama.

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    President Fitzgerald Grants favorite President is George Washington. Traditionally, each President hangs up a portrait of the President he most admires, his hero and favorite predecessor, in the Oval Office. Grant has a portrait of George Washington above the fireplace. This would make sense, given Grants veteran status and strong foreign policy background.

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    This scandal star is a huge 'Game of Thrones' fan.

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    Olivia Pope takes on a new client, Sen. Richard Meyers from Washington, in season 3. Meyers had been sexting a woman and was accused of murdering her. Sounds a bit like New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner's own real-life sexting scandal!

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    Was the first American TV drama to feature a black female lead since AND to be renewed for a second season since Jada Pinkett Smith's Hawthorne.

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    Tony Goldwyn, who plays President Fitzgerald "Fitz" Grant wasn't his only Presidential role! He's played Jimmy Carter's press secretary Jody Powell, Harry Truman's adviser Clark Clifford, Richard Nixon's brother Harold, and more.

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    Like her character Olivia Pope, Kerry Washington was on the swim team in high school.

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    "I constantly make weird faces into the cameras at work."

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    Kerry Washington started a Scandal tradition: Before shooting a new show the cast screams the episode number, applauds, and bangs on furniture.

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    In just about every episode the title of the episode is spoken.

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    Columbus Short was offered his role without an audition.

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    "Scandal" has a quite a few celeb fans including Orpah, Lena Dunham, Mary J. Blige, and Bill Clinton.

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    Kerry Washington is the first African-American actress to be the star of an American broadcast network hour-long drama series since Teresa Graves in Get Christie Love!.

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    Gabrielle Union auditioned for the role of Olivia Pope.

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    Judy Smith, co-creator and Executive Producer, is the inspiration for the show and represented Monica Lewinsky, the Chandra Levy family, Michael Vick, BP after the Gulf oil spill as a real-life crisis management consultant.

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    Kerry Washington is no stranger to politics. She serves on President Obama's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and even delivered a speech in support of the President at the Democratic National convention.

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    Many real-life political scandals are reflected in the show. Early in "Scandal," the show featured an affair between a former White House aide Amanda Tanner and President Fitzgerald Grant, which is similar to Bill Clinton admitting to having a relationship with former intern Monica Lewinsky.

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    In another episode, Olivia's client Sharon Marquette is a madam in Washington D.C., who has a client list with high-profile figures including Patrick Keating — likely to become a Supreme Court nominee. This is likely based on Deborah Jean Palfrey who was known as the 'D.C. madam.' She was found guilty of money laundering, racketeering, and more.

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    On the advice of Olivia Pope, the Senate majority leader publicly resigns after having an affair with an intern, during episode 7 of season 2. In real life, California congressman Gary Condit made headlines when he admitted in July 2001 to having had a sexual relationship with intern Chandra Levy, who had been missing since May 1, 2001, and was found dead a year later. Condit was a married man.

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    In Season 2 of "Scandal," Artie Hornbacher, a National Security Agency analyst, steals a program called "Thorngate" to prove that the government is spying on American citizens. Using Thorngate, Olivia Pope and her associates are able to hack into White House Chief of Staff Cyrus Beene's computer. In real life, an NSA contractor leaked information about NSA's surveillance programs to the press.

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