When it premiered in 2012, Scandal broke barriers — for many reasons. Creator Shonda Rhimes dared to cast Kerry Washington as the lead character, Olivia Pope, and Cubano Guillermo Diaz as one of her trusted friends and employees, Huck.
Do you consider yourself a loyal Gladiator? We bet you still didn't know these 10 things about Scandal:
1. Scandal Facts: Judy Smith
Olivia Pope was based upon Judy A. Smith, the Deputy Press Secretary for the George H. W. Bush administration, and a crisis management expert who founded her own firm, Smith & Company.
2. Scandal: Guillermo Class Clown
3. Scandal: Tony Goldwyn
Tony Goldwyn hails from an impressive Hollywood lineage. His grandfather, the founder of Goldwyn Pictures, eventually sold his company (and the impressive lion mascot) to Marcus Loew, who named the merger Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, aka MGM.
4. Scandal: The Album Leaf
Olivia Pope and President Fitzgerald Grant have their own soundtrack; "The Light" by the Album Leaf has become their unofficial theme song, because it plays whenever they appear alone together on-screen.
5. Scandal: Henry Ian Cusick
Dedicated fans will recognize Henry Ian Cusick as Stephen Finch from the first season of the show. They may not know that Cusick boasts Latino heritage. The actor was raised in Scotland, but born in Trujillo, Peru to a Peruvian mother and Scottish father. He left the show, because his character received insufficient screen time.
7. Scandal: Gabrielle Union
Gabrielle Union auditioned for the role of Olivia Pope, as did Taraji B. Henson. Union went on to star on Being Mary Jane and Henson landed the acclaimed role of Cookie Lyon on Empire.
8. Scandal: Address
Next time you're in trouble, just head to 1970 K Street, Washington DC 20006. In the episode "Spies Like Us," that address is revealed as the location of Pope & Associates.
9. Scandal: Kerry Washington
Scandal was the first network TV drama with female, black lead character since 1974, The New Yorker reports.
10. Scandal: Ending
Sorry, Gladiators. Shonda Rhimes revealed that she already knows precisely how and when Scandal will end. "I feel like there is a finite amount of Scandal to be told," she told NPR. "And I can see where the end point is. And I don't think I'm going to change that... I know how long I think it will be. But we'll see."