Among the series set to premiere on ABC during Midseason 2012 is a new Shonda Rhimes drama. No surprise there as ABC seems to be fond of those, however the interesting thing about this one is that it isn’t a medical drama. Scandal follows a “professional crisis manager” and her staff.
While Scandal isn’t another medical drama featuring a bunch of dysfunctional doctors saving lives while making messes of their own, it does appear to share a common thread in some respect. Scandal is a drama about a bunch of dysfunctional public image fixers fixing images while making messes of their own lives. See the connection? I like stories about people with messy lives trying to find happiness… to an extent. Grey’s Anatomy fell apart for me when I found myself unable to like the lead character at all. Looking at the trailer for Scandal, I think there’s a good chance that won’t be an issue for this series (at least not for a while), as Kerry Washington’s Olivia Pope seems strong, capable and likable.
Where Grey’s has always really shined is how patients and their sometimes strange or unique situations have an impact on the lives of the doctors. I think we can probably expect a similar dynamic in Scandal, except instead of patients with urgent medical predicaments, the clients will have urgent image issues that need fixing.
Below is ABC’s synopsis for the series and further down are a few clips from the premiere episode:
From the creator and executive producers of Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice comes a drama revolving around the life and work of a professional crisis manager and her dysfunctional staff.
Scandal will air on ABC during Midseason 2012.
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