The Scandal Effect: Networks Add Multiple D.C.-Set Dramas

ABC’s Scandal is arguably one of the biggest political dramas to hit network television in years. Its success has prompted other networks to jump onto the political drama-with-a-female-lead bandwagon. It’s being called The Scandal Effect.
For the fall of 2014, NBC and CBS are set to premiere two Washington D.C. dramas entitled State and Affairs and Madam Secretary respectively.

NBC Releases State of Affairs, Bad Judge and The Mysteries of Laura Trailers

The Peacock Network has three new series to promote this fall anchored by fan favorites. State of Affairs stars former Grey's Anatomy actress Katherine Heigl as CIA agent Charlie Tucker and ex-Desperate Housewives star Alfre Woodward as President Roberta Payton.

Agent Tucker is the head of the department that compiles and provides the daily threat assessment to the president. I know Heigl hate runs deep in some parts of the Internet, but I'll be giving it a try.

Former Private Practice lead Kate Walsh returns to broadcast television as an unorthodox justice seeker in the comedy Bad Judge. Based on the trailer, Walsh is having fun exploring the comedic side of television.

Debra Messing returns to NBC in Greg Berlanti's The Mysteries of Laura. The Will & Grace alum stars as Detective Laura Diamond, who must balance family and crimefighting.

Watch State of Affairs, Bad Judge and The Mysteries of Laura trailers after the jump!

Grey’s Ellen Pompeo Talks Isaiah Washington and Katherine Heigl Exits and More

It only took 200 episodes for series star Ellen Pompeo to start spilling the IV fluid about what really went down on the set of ABC's hit medical soap Grey's Anatomy. In an interview with the New York Post, TV's Dr. Meredith Grey revealed, among other things, ex-castmate Isaiah Washington was originally set to play Derek "Dr. McDreamy" Shepherd.

“You know they wanted Isaiah Washington to be my boyfriend,” Pompeo says, calling from her home a few days later. “Shonda really wanted to put a black man in the mix. I didn’t think they were really going to put an interracial couple on the show and I didn’t want him. It was too close to home.”

Shonda Rhimes on Katherine Heigl’s Grey’s Anatomy Exit: “On Some Level It Stung”

Don't expect Katherine Heigl to return to Seattle Grace anytime soon. Grey's Anatomy showrunner Shonda Rhimes spoke with Oprah Winfrey Sunday night to discuss her latest primetime drama Scandal, featuring Kerry Washington.  The Mighty O asked Rhimes about Heigl's controversial 2008 decision to pull her name from Emmy nominations. Fans of the series recall Heigl told the press she wasn't submitting since the writing for her character wasn't up to snuff. Ouch. Rhimes has kept mum on Heigl's diss until now. Said Rhimes on Oprah's Next Chapter:
On some level it stung, and on some level I was not surprised. When people show you who they are, believe them. I carry that with me a lot. It has served me well.

Grey’s Anatomy Finale Reaction

I won't spoil it for anyone who has last night's Grey's Anatomy finale still sitting in their DVR but for those of you who have seen it, whatcha think? If you haven't had the chance to sit through the 2-hour season ender, I highly suggest grabbing a box of tissues and watching it as soon as possible. I loved it and what a cliffhanger!

Katherine Heigl & T.R. Knight Leaving Grey’s Anatomy

It had been widely reported that Grey's Anatomy's T.R. Knight had asked to be released from his contract with the show. When Dr. Izzie Stevens started seeing her dead fiance due to an illness, many speculated that Katehrine Heigl would be following Knight out the door. Heigl and Knight's co-star, James Pickens Jr. has confirmed to Us Weekly that both actors are indeed leaving Seattle Grace behind.

"Yes, she is," Pickens told Us Weekly when asked if Heigl is leaving the ABC hospital drama. "Wherever Katherine goes, I wish her nothing but the best."

Her outspoken BFF, Knight, 35. "He's going too," Pickens told Us at the NAACP Awards luncheon in Beverly Hills. "He just wanted to pursue other career paths."