The major cast members of "Scandal" are actress Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope and the crew that works for her crisis management firm, including Darby Stanchfield as investigator Abby Whelan, Katie Lowes as attorney Quinn Perkins, Columbus Short as litigator Harrison Wright and Guillermo Diaz as computer hacker Huck. The show also focuses on the president of the United States, his family and staff.
On "Scandal," the president of the United States, Fitzgerald Grant, is played by actor Tony Goldwyn. Actress Bellamy Young plays his wife, First Lady Mellie Grant. Jeff Perry plays White House Chief of Staff Cyrus Beene, Kate Burton plays Vice President Sally Langston, and Joshua Malina plays U.S. attorney David Rosen.
Some of the secondary presidential staff characters are Navy Captain Jake Ballard, played by Scott Foley; chairwoman Elizabeth North, played by Portia de Rossi; and activist Marcus Walker, played by Cornelius Smith Jr.
"Scandal" is a series that first debuted on the ABC network on April 5, 2012. The show was created by Shonda Rhimes. The series focuses on former White House Communications Director Olivia Pope, who leaves the White House staff to start her own crisis management firm. Her firm works to keep national secrets and create good publicity for the nation's elite.
As of 2015, "Scandal" is in its fifth season with 78 episodes aired. The show is set to return for its 79th episode on Feb. 11, 2016.