Behind the scenes of 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