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'Scandal' ups Scott Foley to series regular

He got himself into a bit of a pickle in "Scandal's" Season 2 finale, but it looks like Jake's future on the show isn't doomed: ABC confirmed Friday that Scott Foley, who guest starred on the drama last season, will return as a series regular in the show's third season.

Foley, probably best remembered for his role on young adult drama "Felicity," was introduced to "Scandal" viewers during the second half of last season as Jake Ballard, a mysterious military man with a connection to President Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) who's assigned to keep watch over Olivia (Kerry Washington) -- which involves sitting on his couch wearing pajamas while creepily watching secret footage of Olivia in her apartment. That leads to an odd romantic turn between him and Olivia. Things get muddled from there, and he ends up in a bit of a hole, if you will.

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Foley's elevated status is interesting considering he currently stars on Fox's "The Goodwin Games" -- although that show's low ratings, reduced season order and summer slot don't point toward a bright future for it.

“I’m thrilled to join such a talented, enthusiastic and professional group of people,” Foley said in a statement. “Shonda [Rhimes] and company have created a troupe of layered complex characters and to be able to be part of that is both exciting and humbling.”

'Scandal' is set to return Thursdays this fall. 


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