'Scandal' review: Kerry Washington delivers a new kind of procedural


If you're wary of Shonda Rhimes after last year's failed "Off the Map," her newest offering, "Scandal," may just lure you back to her team. "Scandal" stars Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, a high-powered, elite "fixer" in Washington D.C. Though she and her team have law backgrounds, they are not lawyers; they are crisis managers. Pope's specialty is making problems go away. Big, the-president's-mistress-just-tried-to-kill-herself problems. Washington is both sympathetic and commanding in the role -- while Olivia's got considerable baggage, her damage doesn't hinder her or cripple her. (In other words, she's no Meredith Grey.) In today's television landscape, there is certainly something to be said for a powerful, headstrong black female lead -- and lead she does.The rhythm of the dialogue will be immediately familiar to "Grey's Anatomy" fans -- the repetition of key phrases and the tendency to speak in metaphor is signature Shonda. While certainly stylized, it doesn't distract from the forward...



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