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upfronts 2012

ABC Renews Scandal

SCANDAL - In the series premiere, "Sweet Baby," young lawyer Quinn Perkins is offered a job with the crisis management firm Olivia Pope and Associates. Quinn is in awe. Olivia Pope is the former communications director to the President. She and her team of "gladiators in suites" will do whatever it takes to make their clients' problems go away, and newbie Quinn is initiated into the group with trial by fire on day one. Olivia's former boss, President Fitzgerald Grant and his chief of staff, Cyrus Beene are never far from her beat - and when a White House intern accuses the President of having an affair, Olivia is the only one they trust to diffuse the problem. But the news hits close to home for Olivia, and Quinn soon realizes Olivia's clients aren't the only ones with secrets. "Scandal" premieres THURSDAY, APRIL 5 (10:02-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/DANNY FELD)
HENRY IAN CUSICK, KERRY WASHINGTON

... so says executive producer Shonda Rhimes, who just tweeted, "Am super proud to say that has been picked for a 2nd season!!! Am doing a little dance of joy." No word yet on her medical drama Private Practice, which may be heading into its final season if it's renewed.

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