News Nuggets: Emmy winner Joe Morton says evil Rowan Pope should die on ‘Scandal’

Viewers of ABC’s hot drama “Scandal” are poised to see if the evil Rowan Pope will be killed off sometime soon. Thursday’s effort featured an effort to bring him to justice by his daughter (Kerry Washington), the president (Tony Goldwyn), and an ex-B613 agent (Scott Foley). Pope is played by Emmy winner Joe Morton, who says, “On one hand, the easy answer is yes, he should die. But the other side of me thinks he is so good at his job, so good at doing all the things he does that some part of me wants him to be the last man standing.” Characters have continued to trust the political genius until recently as he had outsmarted them all, except his ex-wife (Khandi Alexander). Hollywood Reporter

Andy Greenwald proclaims that ABC’s “Black-ish” is the “best new series on broadcast TV, comedy or drama, and it’s not particularly close.” He had recently eulogized the American sitcom and is not very happy with the title of the show but adds this one is “a throwback to the glory days of the Cosbys, yes, but also the Keatons, the Bunkers, and the Petries. They’re a fractious clan, united by love and perpetually divided by plot. There’s always a crisis but there are also always pancakes.” The show stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross. Grantland

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In a new video chat, Katherine Heigl discusses her return to television with the new NBC drama “State of Affairs.” It comes five years after her “contentious” exit from her Emmy-winning role on “Grey’s Anatomy.” She says, “I really just wanted to spend more time with my family and my new baby and extend my family and I’m really grateful to have been able to do that and I’m very grateful for these last couple of years.” She now stars as a top CIA analyst working alongside the U.S. president (Alfre Woodard). TV Guide

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Lionsgate strikes a deal with CBS Films to distribute that company’s wide release movies. The pact will cover four films annually for the next three years. The first will be “The DUFF,” a high school comedy starring Mae Whitman and Bella Thorne. The deal was confirmed by CBS Films head Terry Press, his boss Leslie Moonves, and Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer. Variety

Two-time Oscar champ Christoph Waltz is joining the next James Bond film, but will he be the villain? Chiwetel Ejiofor had been in talks for the same role but passed. Currently called “Bond 24,” the film will once again star Daniel Craig and includes Ralph Fiennes and Ben Whishaw. Director Sam Mendes also returns to helm the project. The Wrap

Avery Fisher Hall, the home to the New York Philharmonic at the Lincoln Center, will be renamed. When renovations begin in 2019 for an expected $500 million, a new donor will be found to fund the efforts. The Fisher family will receive $15 million for permission to remove his name from their building. Playbill

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