Shonda Rhimes

'Scandal' cast and producers talk real world politics: 'We are not in reaction to that'

'Scandal' cast and producers talk real world politics: 'We are not in reaction to that'

If there’s one political-themed TV show that could rival the twists and drama of the most recent presidential election, a likely candidate would be ABC’s “Scandal.”  But executive producer Shonda Rhimes doesn’t equate the two beyond that — no matter how many times it’s pressed.

“Scandal” ended last season with former First Lady Mellie Grant (Bellamy Young) running for president against Democratic rival Franciso Vargas (Ricardo Chavira). The fifth season, at one point, had also featured a Republican front-runner, Hollis Doyle (Gregg Henry) that resembled Donald Trump.

The sixth season premiere, “Survival of the...

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