Scandal‘s First Lady is getting a promotion.
Bellamy Young, who plays FLOTUS Mellie Grant on the ABC drama, has been upgraded to a series regular ahead of Season 2, TVLine has learned.
Young’s character is, of course, married to Tony Goldwyn’s President Fitzgerald Thomas Grant, who once (and almost again) an affair with Kerry Washington’s fixer, Olivia Pope. The promotion suggests that Mellie will be lurking around every corner ensuring that Olivia upholds her end of the season-ending bargain she made, and keeps her mitts off Fitz.
The news comes on the heels of several casting changes at the Shonda Rhimes-produced series. Henry Ian Cusack will not be returning for Season 2 while Joshua Malina has also been bumped up to series regular.