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Scandal Goes For Gold in Casting Olivia’s Mom

November 5, 2013

Well that was fast. And unexpected. And the best news of the week!

Khandi Alexander, currently on TREME.

Khandi Alexander, currently on TREME.


After last week’s reveal that Olivia Pope’s mother was  a passenger on the plane crash that may or may not have been caused by a pre-politics President Fitzgerald Grant, comes news tonight that Mama Pope will appear in flashbacks (for the time being – by season’s end, she could be resurrected and dating Fitz herself; this is Scandal, after all) starting this Thursday night. And, the woman cast in the role? None other than the phenomenal Khandi Alexander, a woman who can say more with a slightly raised eyebrow than most actors will accomplish in their entire careers.

Most viewers will recognize her from her work on CSI: Miami when she was slumming it to make some cash. No hard feelings there, Khandi. You more than made up for it in your brilliant turns in The Corner, ER and Treme.

Alexander’s role as Maya Lewis is recurring for the time being. Shonda, figure out a way to keep her around. Thanks.


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