Following weeks of speculation, it is finally confirmed – ’Scandal’ will be bowing out after its 7th season.
The news was broken at ahead of the ABC Upfronts moments ago by the network’s Entertainment President Channing Dungey.
Speaking to congregated press, he said:
“Shonda 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.”
Rhimes, creator and executive producer of the politic drama, chimed in adding:
“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.” [Source]
As a consistent ratings performer, confirmation of the show’s end will come as a blow to its millions of fans. And while we count ourselves among that mass, we do feel ’Scandal’ has reached a respectable ceiling as far as believability goes. Hence, it’s best for it to go out on a high rather than linger on and drag.
Kudos to Kerry Washington, the cast, crew, writers, and all involved. It’s been a hell of a ride.