ABC announced plans today for what will be the final season of the Shondaland drama series “Scandal.” The series airs its season six finale this Thursday (May 18), and ABC will wrap up the show with a seventh season.
George Newbern will be a series regular in season seven.
ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey broke the news today. “Shonda [Rhimes] has decided the series needs to come to a close, and while this is definitely a bittersweet moment for all of us gladiators, I have no doubt what she has in store for the final season will be as powerful as what’s come before, and we will be sure to honor that every step of the way,” Dungey said.
Rhimes, the show’s creator and executive producer, commented in the announcement: “Deciding how to end a show is easy. Deciding when to finish is quite simple when the end date is years away. But actually going through with it? Actually standing up to say: ‘This is it?’ Not so much. So, next year we are going all out. Leaving nothing on the table. Creating this world in celebration. We are going to handle the end the way we like to handle the important things in our ‘Scandal’ family: all together, white hats on, gladiators running full speed over a cliff.”
The show premiered in 2012 and broke barriers with Kerry Washington starring as the first African American female lead in a drama series in more than 37 years. “Scandal” went on to become a staple of ABC’s Thursday night “TGIT” lineup of Shonda Rhimes dramas.
Word surfaced last week that the endgame was imminent for the show, as we reported previously, but ABC held off until today to confirm the plan to wrap the series.