Be­hind the scenes of Scan­dal

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Pay Television - Be­hind the Story with the Pa­ley Cen­tre: Scan­dal,

If you haven’t caught it yet, this ter­rific show takes you in­side some of the big­gest and most pop­u­lar se­ries on TV. Cast mem­bers, and some­times writ­ers and pro­duc­ers, pro­vide juicy tit­bits about the be­hind-the-scenes go­ings-on, the ca­ma­raderie and the oc­ca­sional emo­tional strug­gles of th­ese sig­nif­i­cant rat­ings-win­ners, while also af­ford­ing a priv­i­leged look into the tech­ni­cal side of shoot­ing them.

Be­hind the Story com­prises footage from the Pa­ley Cen­tre’s un­cen­sored fan fes­ti­vals, filmed live on stage at the Dolby The­atre (home of the Os­cars) in Hol­ly­wood. This week it’s a cast dis­cus­sion — mod­er­ated by co­me­dian Jimmy Kim­mel — of Shonda Rhimes’s Scan­dal, that kind of fem­i­nised West Wing pop­u­lated largely by fasttalk­ing, beau­ti­fully dressed women.

Led by Kerry Wash­ing­ton’s Olivia Pope, the most pow­er­ful fixer in the cap­i­tal, they are the pricey im­age-mak­ers and con­sul­tants of her cri­sis Scan­dal man­age­ment firm Olivia Pope and As­so­ci­ates. And here they all are, on stage in di­rec­tor’s chairs, with Kim­mel in won­der­fully re­laxed form.

The only per­son miss­ing is showrun­ner Rhimes, one of the most pow­er­ful op­er­a­tors in Hol­ly­wood, who also cre­ated Grey’s Anatomy, Pri­vate Prac­tice and How to Get Away with Mur­der. Ac­cord­ing to Kim­mel, Rhimes is too busy “writ­ing 12 shows” to be there. Among the many jokes, the cast re­veals the ac­tors are never al­lowed into the writ­ers room, they are only one or two episodes ahead of what has al­ready aired on TV, and know noth­ing of what’s in store for their char­ac­ter. They also ac­knowl­edge they never dare dis­agree with Rhimes. “You know how hard it is to get th­ese jobs?” one of them says, not en­tirely jok­ing. Wed­nes­day, 6.30pm, Arts (133).

Jimmy Kim­mel, left, poses ques­tions to mem­bers of the cast of on stage at the Pa­ley Cen­tre

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.