Sunday, October 17, 2021

Donald Trump-Inspired Character Coming to Tonight’s ‘Scandal’

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*Donald Trump’s game-changing vibe is making is making its way to “Scandal.”

According to Variety, a character inspired by the GOP presidential front-runner will be featured this week (tonight / 03-17-16) on the hit ABC show. The move comes after it was teased by the “Scandal” stars Kerry Washington and Bellamy Young while appearing on the show’s panel at PaleyFest at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, Calif.
on Tuesday night (03-15-16)

“There might be parallels coming,” Young, who plays former First Lady Mellie Grant, said.

“You think the debates you’ve seen in the real world are fun!” Washington teased.

As for who exactly will be portraying the character based on Trump, Variety was mum but did reveal the character “has been seen on the show before.”

Acknowledging the impact of the current political scene on the “Scandal” writers this season, the show’s creator Shonda Rhimes told panel moderator – “Good Morning America’s” Lara Spencer – that she’s changed some storylines for “Scandal,” after seeing the real-life debates.

“We did have some moments where I would run back to the writers room and I would say, ‘Hey there’s some dialogue that we need to cross out because it kind of already happened,” Rhimes admitted while making it known that while parallels to real-life happenings are unavoidable, she isn’t inspired by the current presidential race.

Instead, Rhimes’ inspiration comes from a more theatrical source.

“I will be honest and say I am more influenced by Hamilton right now than the election,” she said, referring to the hit Broadway musical. “The election right now, it’s its own thing. You can’t make that stuff up.”

Although real-life politics isn’t directly running things on “Scandal,” a few of the show’s stars are showing love to a major political player in the form of Hillary Clinton.

The Democratic presidential front-runner, who recently visited the “Scandal” set , was highlighted in her campaign ad last week featuring Rhimes, Washington, “Grey’s Anatomy’s” Ellen Pompeo and “How To Get Away with Murder’s” Viola Davis.

The campaign, which aired during ABC’s “TGIT” lineup, was directed by “Scandal” star Tony Goldwyn, who revealed that the project came together in just a matter of days.

“It was just a bunch of people who were not afraid to speak their mind about something they were passionate about and put their reputations out there,” he said. “The whole energy behind it was just very authentic and real and just honest.”

For Washington, the effort was a unified undertaking that was done in spite of shooting scenes separately.

“We actually didn’t get to work together that much because we all came in at different times because we’re all busy working moms, but even in the emails back and forth about it, we were making this decision as individuals. This wasn’t some order from above,” she said about working apart from Pompeo, Davis and Rhimes. “This was each of us making this decision to do it together. It felt really decision to make that decision as a group.”

To hear more from the “Scandal” cast on Clinton’s visit, Trump’s state in the race — and what to expect with “Trump’s” storyline on the show, check out the videos below:



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