Kerry Washington Stars in Shonda Rhimes' 'Scandal'

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Kerry Washington is set to take on the starring role in 'Grey's Anatomy' creator Shonda Rhimes upcoming new show, 'Scandal'.

The Washington D.C.-set show is based on real-life crisis manager and public relations guru Judy Smith, whose resume includes advising Monica Lewinsky during the Clinton scandal, and playing a key role in the Iran-Contra investigation as well as the Clarence Thomas Supreme Court confirmation hearings. Smith also served as White House deputy press secretary for Pres. George H. W. Bush.

Expect a lot of drama in this new series, as 'Scandal' is said to "revolve around the life and work of a professional crisis manager and her dysfunctional staff.' Washington leads the "gladiators in suits" as Olivia Pope, a former media relations consultant to the President. Although Pope has opened up her own firm, she can't seem to cut ties with her past "professionally and personally," according the show's official synopsis.

Washington's Pope is described as "stylish but weary, too smart for her own good, something of a legend, formidable, driven, insightful, intuitive and fearless; heads up a team of crack legal experts." The official premiere date is TBD, but we're excited to see what the talented Washington will do with this starring role in a show developed by the equally talented Rhimes.

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