When the cast of 'Scandal' sat down for the big 100th episode (airing Thursday night) panel, a pretty big reveal was made:
Kerry Washington wasn't the network's top pick to play Olivia Pope!!
ABC apparently wanted former 'Nashville' star Connie Britton!!
Creator of the series Shonda Rhimes said:
“Nothing felt more important than the sense of outsiderness. I didn’t know that there hadn’t been a drama series with a leading black woman for 37 years. When the show got picked up [to pilot], I got a phone call from somebody who said, ‘This would be the perfect show for Connie Britton.’ I said, ‘It would be, except Olivia Pope is black,’”
Casting director Linda Lowy added:
“The network was reading us their top choices, and it was Connie and all white women. I panicked. Somebody finally piped up, ‘We’re going to have to redo this list,’”
“We tested Kerry, Jill Scott and Anika Noni Rose. It was Kerry from the moment I took her to meet Shonda.”
What do you guys think?
Would Connie have worked?