‘Scandal’ Bids Adieu to a Major Character, Kimye Covers Vogue, Kevin Hart Visits ‘Oprah Prime’ & More

by | March 21, 2014 at 4:54 PM | Black Entertainment, Can't Stop Watching, General, Oliva Pope, Oprah Winfrey, Oprah's Next Chapter, Scandal

ABC's "Scandal" (Photo: ABC/Richard Cartwright)

SPOILER ALERT

Whew! Did you see the most recent “Scandal” episode?! If you’ve been keeping up then you know that last week’s episode ended with a cliffhanger–Who did Jake Ballard shoot and presumably kill? Well, Shonda Rhimes and ‘em decided to give us the answer within the first few seconds of Thursday’s episode. Straight, no chaser. It’s James Novak! Now, last week I wrote a column, “My Hit List: ‘Scandal’s’ 3 Best Characters … and 3 Who Should Be Offed ASAP,” and listed James as someone I wanted axed (seems kind of cold now). Two weeks ago, I would’ve been satisfied with the latest turn of events. But James redeemed himself (in my eyes) when he realized the folly of his turncoat ways and dumped his desire to publicize the truth about Daniel Douglas Langston’s death. Unfortunately, it came too late. Poor Cyrus. I thought he would be the one to off his hubby (we all did). When you think of it, he kind of had a hand in his James’ demise. Yeah, poor Cyrus.

I guess Eli/Rowan Pope wasn’t lying when he told President Fitz Grant, cut off the head of B-613 and another one will grow in its place. Because Jake has definitely become Eli/Rowan Pope. When Jake was lecturing Olivia about protecting the Republic and eliminating any threats, that was my exact thought. And Liv called him on it. To get clarity about B-613, she turned to his predecessor, her father, Eli/Rowan. And he wasn’t much comfort, basically reiterating Jake’s stance (poor, Liv, she’s surrounded by monsters!). B-613, man, it will destroy you! And now that David Rosen and Liv have decided to take it down brick by brick, they better watch their backs. Particularly Quinn, who really should reconsider her alliance (Huck reminded her that she’s still a Gladiator in her heart). Otherwise, she’ll be another one checked off my hit list.

To see more from this episode, including why Mama Pope truly shouldn’t be messed with (her storyline became a tad more interesting–why was blowing up the airplane personal?), why Cyrus Beene and VP Sally Langston are still my favorite characters and see First Lady Mellie Grant get some lovin’, watch it here. “Scandal” airs Thursdays at  10 p.m. EST on ABC.

Here’s what else is happening… 

Kimye covers April Vogue. Being booed up with Kanye West certainly has its perks. Just ask Kim Kardashian. For years, it’s been reported that the reality TV star has been trying to land the American Vogue cover and voila it’s finally happened–albeit she’s sharing it with her fiance, Kanye. The cover is cool. The hashtag featured underneath them, #WorldsMostTalkedAboutCouple, not so much. Yeah, Vogue is reaching with that one. But who knows, maybe after it hits the stands, they will be. Is this Vogue cover also a sign that Kim could eventually get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame? Hmm…Check out the cover here.

Kevin Hart sits down with Oprah. If being labeled the funniest man in Hollywood wasn’t a sign that Kevin Hart has made it then his upcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey surely will be. The diminutive comedian is the subject of “Oprah Prime,” airing Sunday at 9 p.m. EST on OWN. This is definitely Kevin’s year. He’s literally everywhere, having released several films over the past two months, including, “Ride Along” and “About Last Night.” Plus, “Think Like a Man Too” debuts this summer. I ain’t mad at all. Not one bit.

On my watchlist? What I’m tuning in to see and what I’ll catch up with XFINITY On Demand this weekend…
“The Walking Dead”: Sunday’s episode was awesome! The episodes following its winter hiatus were a bit slow for some but I’m sure watching Carol make a tough decision changed their minds. It airs Sundays at 9 p.m. EST on AMC. Watch it here.
“Crisis”: The premiere episode was better than expected and intriguing enough for me to tune in again. It airs Sundays at 10 p.m. EST on NBC. Watch it here.
“Resurrection”: This show has been a top tune-in for black households since its debut. Find out why. It airs Sundays  at 9 p.m. EST on ABC. Watch it here.

The Hot List: Who/What’s Hot, Not
HOT: Oprah Winfrey announcing a partnership with Starbucks (Girlfriend knows how to make a buck, doesn’t she? Ain’t mad1).
NOT: An arrest warrant issued for singer Anita Baker (*sigh*).

HOT: Norm Lewis tapped to be “Phantom of the Opera’s” first black lead actor on Broadway (Congrats!).
NOT: James Harris, 22, beating his girlfriend’s 19-month old daughter, Amierah Roberson, to death (…)

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