Hot off the highest-rated episode of “Scandal” in the show’s history, producer/creator Shonda Rhimes is being profiled in the Sunday New York Times magazine (May 12).
The profile — here — is shrewdly timed: The second-season finale of “Scandal” airs this Thursday (May 16) at 10/9c on ABC, following a penultimate episode this past Thursday that drew 8.87 million viewers, a series high. In case you missed it, you can watch it right here, below.
These days, she’s responsible for “Grey’s” at 9/8c and, at 10/9c, “Scandal,” the over-the-top serialized drama about a crisis-management expert (played by Kerry Washington) working in the high stakes world of Washington politics who happens to be at the center of the biggest scandal in the city: She’s sleeping with the President, who happens to be married.
For Rhimes, the show represents a hard-earned freedom to shape “Scandal” into anything she wants it to be. She told The Times: “What was great for me about ‘Scandal’ was I had earned a lot of political capital with the network. I had done ‘Grey’s,’ I had done ‘Private Practice.’ What were they going to do, fire me? I wasn’t worried about what anybody else thought. This one was for me.”
“Scandal” airs Thursday nights at 10/9c on ABC.