Scandal fans have been waiting eight long months for the return of Olivia Pope and Associates to TGIT (and for answers to that crazy election cliffhanger). So naturally, Gladiators everywhere were upset (to put it mildly) when the season six premiere got pushed back a week to allow ABC to air an inauguration special. But there’s finally some good news for Scandal diehards: The hit show now has its own web series, Scandal: Gladiator Wanted, which is available to watch on the ABC app and website right now.
The surprise web series was created and directed by Scandal’s own Darby Stanchfield after she watched her co-star, Tony Goldwyn, helm his own episode. “This huge lightbulb went off and I thought, ‘On this Shondaland show, why aren’t any women actresses directing on Scandal?'” Stanchfield told The Hollywood Reporter. “Shonda saw the desire I had and Shondaland is all about supporting people to grow and expand their talents.” So after shadowing Shondaland’s Betsy Beers for two years and taking notes from producing director Tom Verica, Stanchfield was ready to take on the task of directing Gladiator Wanted.
More female directors? Yes, please.
The web series features several Scandal regulars, including Gladiators Huck (Guillermo Diaz), Quinn (Katie Lowes), and Marcus (Cornelius Smith Jr.), as they search for an intern to join OPA. All six of the two-to-three minute episodes premiered Thursday, January 19 online—the date originally reserved for Scandal’s season six premiere. At least Scandal fans have something to tide themselves over with until next week.
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