“Scandal” just ended its third season as ABC’s highest rated, most talked about drama, averaging around nine million live viewers per episode — it’s around 13 million when you factor in time-shifted viewing. But can it win Best Drama?
Soap operas don’t usually fare well at the Emmys, but it broke through for the first time last year, earning a Best Drama Actress nomination for star Kerry Washington and winning Best Drama Guest Actor for Dan Bucatinsky, whose character, James Novak, was bumped off this season in a shocking shooting. Washington was subsequently nominated at the Golden Globes and SAG Awards, but didn’t win.
“Scandal” was created by Shonda Rhimes, the woman behind “Grey’s Anatomy,” which at the height of its popularity earned two Emmy nods for Best Drama Series (2006-2007), but “Scandal” has yet to break through in the top category.
A lot has changed at the Emmys since “Grey’s” was nominated. Back in 2007, four out of the five contenders for Best Drama came from broadcast networks, but no broadcast show has earned a bid since “The Good Wife” last competed in 2011. Can “Scandal” beat the odds?
It’s an underdog in the Drama Series race according to our racetrack odds, but Washington is a major contender for Best Drama Actress again this year, ranking third with 5/1 odds. She would be the first black actress ever to win that category.
Now that the season is over, do you think “Scandal” and its star Washington deserve to win Emmys? Vote in our poll and then make your Drama Actress predictions below: