SCANDAL Pace (Breaking News): Scandal Receives Full-Season Order & 9 Additional Episodes
October 29, 2012 — ABC’s political drama, Scandal, received a full-season order from the network earlier today. Originally the sophomore season of the series, starring Kerry Washington, was granted a shortened season of 13 episodes with the possibility of more if the show continued to be successful. Scandal is averaging 8.1 million viewers and a 2.5 in adults 18-49, plus a hearty 45 percent DVR boost according to EW.com. Season two will now feature nine additional episodes for a total of 22 episodes.
Series creator and executive producer, Shonda Rhimes, told The Hollywood Reporter “that the second-year drama will start out with a season-long arc and potentially two should the series expand from its initial order for 13 episodes.“
“We want to keep telling stories in that manner and because we’re doing 13 episodes and if we get more than that, we’ll be telling two different season-long arcs,” Rhimes said. “We came back nervous — can we top what we did last season — and now we’re all really excited because we figured out how we can.”
ABC’s Scandal airs Thursdays at 10/9c after Grey’s Anatomy and returns with an all new episode, “All Roads Lead to Fitz” on Thursday, November 8th.