Watch Kerry Washington, Columbus Short In ‘Scandal’ Series Trailer

Posted on May 18, 2011 /TV

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Following a successful career in film (and a short run on Broadway), actress Kerry Washington shakes things up a bit by heading to the small screen this fall in a brand new ABC network drama, Scandal. Washington plays the lead role of Olivia Pope, a professional media relations consultant to politicians in the Shonda Rhimes-created series.

The official synopsis of the show:

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.

A former media relations consultant to the President, Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) dedicates her life to protecting and defending the public images of our nation’s elite. After leaving the White House, the power consultant opened her own firm, hoping to start a new chapter—both professionally and personally—but she can’t seem to completely cut ties with her past. Slowly it becomes apparent that her staff, who specialize in fixing the lives of other people, can’t quite fix the ones closest at hand—their own.

Stomp The Yard star Columbus Short will also be joining the cast as Harrison Wright, a crisis manager. Scandal premiers on ABC later this year. No official premiere date has been announced.