ABC handed out two full-season orders today, extending the Kerry Washington drama Scandal and the aliens-in-suburbia comedy The Neighbors for nine additional episodes. Scandal’s been doing pretty well for ABC on Thursdays (and it will help the network to retain another Shonda Rhimes show as her Private Practice approaches its end) while The Neighbors has pulled in okay ratings … but for now, okay is enough.
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 Photo: Karen Neal/ABC