TVLine Items: Scandal Time Jump, Homeland Casts T-Bag and More

Scandal is thankfully sparing us from enduring another incendiary presidential election cycle.

When the ABC drama returns at midseason, the action will pick up “on election night,” exec producer Shonda Rhimes revealed to EW.com. “We’re not going to spend our time playing an election.” When Season 5 ended, Mellie and Jake (aka the Republican ticket) and Francisco and Cyrus (aka the Democratic ticket) had just launched their respective campaigns.

As TVLine previously reported, Scandal star Kerry Washington’s real-life pregnancy forced the network to postpone the launch of Season 6 until early 2017.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* Prison Break‘s Robert Knepper has nabbed a recurring role in Homeland‘s NYC-set sixth season, Deadline reports. He’ll play General Jamie McClendon, the Department of Defense representative briefing President-elect Keane (House of Cards‘ Elizabeth Marvel) and her transition team.

* Ex-Nashville star Will Chase has joined ABC’s new Kevin Williamson drama Time After Time as a series regular, EW.com reports.

* Britney Spears will perform at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 28 alongside her “Make Me…” collaborator G-Eazy, the network announced Tuesday.

* Fox’s new-ish trailer for Empire Season 3 offers a first look at Young Cookie and Lucious so, you know, get busy pushing PLAY below…

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20 Comments
  1. Cena Gomez says:

    Mellie, the impulsive nitwit and Jake the snake as POTUS and VP will be the end of the show. Sick of Rowan, Jake, and Mellie. Scandal used to be so good. It is crap now.

  2. RC says:

    “Mellie and Jake (aka the Democratic ticket) and Francisco and Cyrus (aka the Republican ticket)”

    I think you have those reversed. Mellie and Jake are Republicans. Francisco is the Democratic candidate.

    • Michael Ausiello says:

      I’m in an election daze! Fixed! –MA

      • Elizabette says:

        I really think you are a little tired of the show now. because this show has become a rinse wash and repeat .. Scandal is now a disturbing and crazy soap. as many viewers said early . the lead of the show is not anymore the lead. this is the Melie and jake show now. this is so sad.

  3. Andrew Hass says:

    It makes sense that Scandal will do a time jump and just get to the election night stuff and aftermath.However if Scandal premiered in the Fall and not mid-season they may not have done the time jump

  4. Douglas from Brazil says:

    Sooo Rhonda is dead? As Anika has been shown in the video.

  5. Kevin K says:

    Excited about Robert Knepper joining the cast of Homeland in a recurring role for the upcoming sixth season.

  6. David4 says:

    Anyone else remember that back in season 2, maybe early season three, Shonda came out and said once Fitz leaves office there wouldn’t be a show? I wish that were still true.

    I also wish the show was still watchable.

  7. Carolina says:

    Has there ever been a show to be this red hot fun to watch and then completely tank? What’s there to get excited about this upcoming season? Sadly, I haven’t heard anything that would make me want to tune in when it finally does return.

  8. Geo says:

    So Scandal pretty much admits that all that election battle build-up was for nothing? This show has become an absolute mess.

  9. herman1959 says:

    The time jump was the only way to go forward. If this show were a book, everything up to this point would be Book 1, and it is up to the reader to decide if he/she wants to go on to Book 2.

  10. I don’t expect the new season of Scandal to be great. Shonda’s obsession with Scott Foley and her vendetta against her lead character are hurting the show. Jake should have died seasons ago and while Olivia was never likable, she was competent and fascinating. Now she acts like a deranged cyborg who’s only human-adjacent characteristic his her fixation on married men.

  11. Aww, Cookie. I love the character and while I was disappointed with most of the celebrity guests in season 2, I’m looking forward to the return of Empire. I shouldn’t root for Cookie and Lucious to get back together. He’s the devil and he doesn’t deserve her but Taraji and Terrence’s chemistry is magical.
    .
    I’m torn about the balcony situation. I love Anika but I hate that she’s carrying her former stepson’s child. Clean it up with a miscarriage and make Anika relatable again by no longer writing her as a psycho. I don’t want Rhonda to die. Not because I like her but because I’m not prepared for the emotional tsunami Dre’s going to unleash on us if he loses his wife. Whew!

  12. LISBETH says:

    Scandal season 6 will be
    Melie President? ( a 6 months junior senator ) Crazy
    Jake vice president ? ( a serial killer , weak spy) fake degree University .
    OLivia will continue to do the same thing? side piece. this i so crazy and insane .
    The true is the chemistry between Jake and Olivia is so unbelievable and the things they do together is so horrible painful and difficult to watch. there is no story. the story is so trash.
    but the show runner want you to believe in this crap story. but as smart viewer it is time to turn of the channel and wash something else. where is the Scandal ???
    All the plots are so predictable now.

  13. Elizabette says:

    The last thing. I want to applause and think TONY GOLDWYN Because he is the gentleman of the show ,
    Very smart speaker of the show Scandal. he is very polite and very smart in all interview .

    Scandal with Tony Goldwyn is a gold medal for this darknest show. Since season 1 this guy has been polite and respectful with the fans.
    THANK YOU SHONDA. Tony has a very team spirit in this show.

  14. Princess R says:

    Scott and Bellamy are great in this show. Shonda is doing the right thing. These shows are supposed to mirror real life, where people fall in and out of love and eventually move on. And this show has not stopped from “moving” and that’s what matters