‘Scandal’ Shocker Plus Sophie Okonedo, Boris Kodjoe and Joe Morton Land TV Gigs

by | March 14, 2014 at 4:57 PM | Black Entertainment, Can't Stop Watching, Scandal

"Scandal's" Olivia Pope and Cyrus Beene. (Photo: ABC)

Last week, several gladiators were on the brink of turning in their armor, disappointed with the turn the show had taken since returning from its mid-season break two weeks ago. Well, Thursday’s “Scandal” episode may have them rethinking going AWOL. I’ll refrain from leaking too many details as you should watch and take it in for yourself. But I will say it’ll leave you sitting on the edge of your seat with your mouth agape. Another hint? There will be blood! See which characters stood out for me last night and why. And be sure to check out my best and worst characters from the show.”Scandal” airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. EST on ABC. Watch it here.

Vice President Sally Langston. I jokingly used the hashtag #SallytheSinner while live tweeting the show as she was determined to shout from the rooftops that she murdered her husband Daniel Douglas Langston. That sin, she explains, is why God stopped speaking to her. “I must confess my sins to the world so He will take me back  into His flock,” she tells her campaign manager Leo Bergen. She  delivered other quotables, too, a few of them quite humorous. My favorite moment? When she barked, “Time for the slaughter piggy, piggy,” at a fictional President Fitzgerald Grant during a mock debate.  Hilarity!

White House Chief of Staff Cyrus Beene. Ahh, Cyrus reminded me last night why he’s my favorite on the show. The exchange between Cy and Olivia in his office when she confronts him about his involvement with Sally’s murder cover-up was a highlight. Liv points out that the three presidential candidates–President Fitz Grant, Maryland Gov. Samuel Reston and Sally–is “literally murderers row” as they’ve all killed someone. Cyrus’ reply? “Nobody’s perfect.” Classic.

B-613 Head Jake Ballard. Just when we’re sure Jake’s the noble, ideal catch who Olivia should run away with (he tried last night), he reveals a side of himself we didn’t know existed. Sure, he’s the new command at B-613 but actually seeing him murder innocent people may have been too real for some gladiators. Liv sure can pick ‘em, can’t she? But, when you think about it, look at her parents!

Here’s what else is happening…

Sophie Okonedo to star in CBS pilot. The Oscar-nominated actress starsas Bryce, “an Assistant Attorney General who’s deeply committed to her work of heading a task force investigating Wall Street,” according to Deadline.com. Veteran actor John Cusack is executive producing the CBS Wall Street drama. Sophie’s currently starring as Ruth Younger in the Broadway revival of “A Raisin in the Sun” with Denzel Washington. Sophie’s a good actress who I think is underrated. Glad to see she’s getting this shot on TV, where it seems every Oscar-winning or Oscar-nominated black film actress is headed. Just ask Olivia Spencer, Viola Davis and Halle Berry. Read more here.

“Ride Along 2″ given release date. The sequel to the Kevin Hart-Ice Cube buddy flick will hit theaters during the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday weekend in 2016, according to Deadline.com. It seems that Kevin Hart and Will Packer really are making moves together. “About Last Night” did well at the box office last month, “Think Like a Man Too” is coming this summer and “Black Phantom,” also starring Jamie Foxx, may be on its way. Ain’t mad about that! Read more here. 

Joe Morton snags a new role. Playing Papa Pope on “Scandal” has its perks. And one of them is exposure and continued employment. Joe Morton will star as Dr. Charles Russell, a no-nonsense head of a hospital in the TNT Pilot “Proof.” Jennifer Beals will also star in the show as a doctor “persuaded to investigate cases of reincarnation, out-of-body experiences, hauntings — all of it looking for verifiable proof to answer one of life’s greatest questions: Is death truly the end, or is there something else beyond?” according to The Hollywood Reporter. Good for them both. And “Proof” sounds like something right up my alley. Read more here.

Boris Kodjoe joins CBS drama. “The Real Husbands of Hollywood” star will play Secret Service Agent Benjamin Hernandez in “Unforgettable.” “In the episode, Benjamin informs the Major Case team that he and his partner, Agent Briggs, are taking over the murder case because of its connection to a federal counterfeit case they’ve been working on called ‘Mata Hari,’” The Hollywood Reporter states. “Unforgettable’s” third season premieres June 29. Boris is a descent actor, and if I remember correctly, aside from “Real Husbands,” he hadn’t starred in a show since NBC’s “Undercovers” in 2010. Read more here.

On my watchlist? What I’m tuning in to see and what I’ll catch up with XFINITY On Demand…
“Once Upon a Time”: The show returned Sunday and I’m curious to see how the Wicked Witch of the West (yes, from “The Wizard of Oz”) storyline will play out. It airs Sundays at 8 p.m. EST on ABC. Watch it here.
“Resurrection”: I watched the debut Sunday and it was good. But is it enough to keep me coming back weekly? We have to see. It stars Omar Epps and airs Sundays at 9 p.m. EST on ABC. Watch it here.
“Crisis”: Lance Gross stars as Secret Service Agent Marcus Finley in this new NBC series that debuts Sunday at 10 p.m. EST. Watch it here 

The Hot List: Who/What’s Hot, Not
HOT: Former U.S. Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell sharing a 60-year-old selfie. (He looked good!)
NOT: Joshua Cooper, the 18-year-old who bit his infant son’s nose because the baby was crying. (…)

HOT: The Jimi Hendrix USPS stamp. (Very psychedelic!)
NOT: Domestic violence. (‘Nuff said.)

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