Based on the initially anonymous blockbuster 1996 account of Bill Clinton's first presidential campaign in 1992, the film version continues the novel's weak à clef distance, casting a thinly disguised John Travolta as Bill and Emma Thompson as Hillary as they navigate the ethically trying road to the White House. [more inside]
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Crisis Pregnancy Centers Season 5, Ep 7
This week (see inside for expanded contents)....
- Trump Administration news: EPA head Scott Pruitt comes under fire for wasteful spending.
- Hungary right-wing PM Viktor Orban is expected to win his fourth term.
- And Now: Coming Up On "The Doctors."
- Main story: Crisis Pregnancy Centers, facilities that exist to talk women out of getting abortions, are cagey about admitting their purpose, and now greatly outnumber actual abortion providers in the U.S. LWT founds "Our Lady of Choosing Choice" to show how easy it is to start such a non-profit, which is eligable for federal funding.
Scandal: Season Six Season 6, Ep 0
Covering the brief period between Election Night and Inauguration Day, Scandal's sixth season features a mad scramble for the Oval Office after President Elect Frankie Vargas is assassinated during his acceptance speech. Suggested talking points include dinosaur bones and boxed bricks, yet another shadowy organization of ruthless killers, endless double crosses, Huck and David Rosen's continuing awful taste in women, BTW where is Susan Ross, the attempted redemption of Parents Pope, more flashbacks than you probably wanted, and Olivia Pope's rise to power and predator. The liquor cabinet is over there.
This week.... Afghanistan reports Taliban leader Mullah Muhammad Omar has died; it's been revealed that he actually died in 2013 and the Taliban has been lying about it ever since, and has even been releasing statements in his name. Three teenage girls in Chechnya bilked ISIL fighters, who thought they were securing themselves brides, out of thousands of dollars. A member of British Parliament, Lord Sewel resigns as deputy speaker of the House of Lords in the wake of a scandal after a video surfaced purportedly showing him taking cocaine with prostitutes. John Oliver supplies some context on the House of Lords. And Now: Ten Actual Titles of Current Members of the British House of Lords, Paired With Photos of Pets Who Look Like They Would Have That Name. Main story: On statehood for Washington D.C. (YouTube, 17m) John Oliver presents a rewrite of the song that names the fifty states alphabetically to cover the plight of Washington D.C., and sings it with 19 kids. [more inside]
Scandal: The Lawn Chair Season 4, Ep 14
Scandal's take on Ferguson and #BlackLivesMatter.
Scandal: No More Blood Season 4, Ep 12
As the bidding for Olivia Pope continues, the gladiators fight to save her but the White House fears that they may lose her for good.
Scandal: Gladiators Don't Run Season 4, Ep 12
A still-kidnapped Olivia takes her chances on the open market, and things go pear-shaped pretty fast. Huck continues to freak everyone out. Mellie plays the long game.
Scandal: Where's the Black Lady? Season 4, Ep 11
With Olivia still missing, the team comes together to do whatever it takes to find her and get her home safely.
Scandal: Run Season 4, Ep 10
Where did Oliva go while Jake was getting blankets and pillows.
Scandal: Where The Sun Don't Shine Season 4, Ep 10
Scandal ties, or unties, a whole bunch of loose ends in it's midseason finale. Poppa Pope is on the warpath, Elizabeth North and her allies launch an all-out media attack on Cyrus Beane, the President tries to deal with West Angola. Huck has some family issues, and Quinn finally tells Olivia what's been happening with their crossed tails.
Scandal: The Last Supper Season 4, Ep 9
Fitz and Jake continue to fight over Olivia, but Olivia needs them to focus on the real prize, taking down command. Meanwhile, Huck longs to connect with his family and Quinn continues tracking Kubiak. Back at the White House, Cyrus exploits finally catch up to him, but Elizabeth North's plan is much bigger than anyone ever expected.
Scandal: Baby Made A Mess Season 4, Ep 7
Unable to believe Jake is guilty, Olivia seeks out Tom for more information; Huck plays with fire. Abby faces her past.
Scandal: An Innocent Man Season 4, Ep 6
Olivia is summoned by a convicted assassin who claims he was wrongly accused, and Mellie becomes intrigued by a former first lady whose stories seem to be strikingly similar to her own.
Scandal: The Key Season 4, Ep 5
Hard truths, and harder lies, are revealed. [more inside]
Scandal: Like Father, Like Daughter Season 4, Ep 4
Fitz asks Olivia to shut down a situation that could destroy the Grant family's reputation. Meanwhile, Rowan calls on an old friend to do his dirty work.
Scandal: Inside the Bubble Season 4, Ep 3
Olivia handles a case for a former friend from law school. Fitz struggles with his work towards gun control when David is having trouble being elected Attorney General. Meanwhile, Mellie becomes overly invested in a national case in which a man is allegedly pushed by his wife of the cliff of Yosemite.
Scandal: The State of the Union Season 4, Ep 2
In order for Fitz to make the biggest impact with his State of the Union address on gun control, Cyrus sets out to recruit a power couple (Mary McCormick and Josh Randall) who are influential on the issue. Meanwhile, Mellie’s personal struggle gets national attention.
Scandal: Randy, Red, Superfreak And Julia Season 4, Ep 1
Two months after the reelection, everything has changed. Fitz and Cyrus try to make a positive impact with their second term. The gladiators feel the impact of Olivia's absence.