Is This The New Olivia Pope?

Is This The New Olivia Pope?
Is This The New Olivia Pope?

Olivia Pope is great and all, but she can't be on TV 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Shondaland has filled our cups to overflowing with no-nonsense heroines who cut through problems like a bunch of corgis through a snow trench.

Now, an upcoming Fox pilot could give us another Pope-like figure. The still-untitled project is from Scandal co-executive producer Judy Smith. Smith herself is the basis for Pope, using experiences from her time as a press aide in George H.W. Bush's administration. The lead fixer will be played by Archie Panjabi, late of The Good Wife. She'll play a character called in to deal with a campus rape scandal.

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Deadline, which broke the news of Panjabi's casting, summarizes the show. "It centers on Matt Kincaid (Austin Stowell), the Junior Counsel of a prestigious Illinois university who must deal with an out-of-control scandal when a female student accuses several star football players of sexual assault. He gets to work with Jourdan Price (Panjabi), a crisis management consultant brought in to help with the scandal."

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