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Saturday Night Live Laughs at a Diversity Problem Even Scandal Can’t Fix

They say Olivia Pope can “fix” any problem—any problem, that is, beyond the lack of black female comedians on Saturday Night Live.

This week’s Kerry Washington episode was definitely one of the season’s strongest aside from a painful reminder than Eminem can’t lip sync to save his life. The diversity issue mocked in this opening sketch came into focus earlier this month when SNL‘s two black stars made very different comments: speaking of the showrunners, Jay Pharoah said “they need to pay attention” and cast a strong black female performer, while Keenan Thompson said that the problem is that “they just never find ones that are ready.”

At any rate, we appreciate the show’s willingness to laugh at the fact that its new additions are a bunch of schlubby white guys:

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Olivia Pope is America’s Favorite Fixer: Scandal Wins With Viewers & Brands

From the Saks Fifth Avenue Instagram page.

From the Saks Fifth Avenue’s Instagram page.

The numbers are in and Scandal is a winner.

Thursday’s season three premiere of the ABC hit was the most-watched in the show’s history with 10.5 million people tuning in, a 71 percent increase from last year. And many of those viewers were under 50, making it the top show for ABC for that demographic. Who knew so many people were into PR?

Well we know it also has something to do with the hotness between Kerry Washington’s Olivia Pope and Tony Goldwyn’s President Fitz. And bitter First Lady Mellie. And conniving Cyrus. And loyal Huck… Really, the whole show is magic. And in case you thought there’s no reality to the program, Judy Smith, the DC crisis expert on which Olivia Pope is based, is a consultant on the show. Washington revealed, during a visit to The Daily Show this week, that Smith actually advises the writers on how best to handle the difficult situations that the plot proposes. (Clip after the jump.)

And if that weren’t enough, Scandal style has bewitched the nation. The show’s makeup artist is being interviewed. Olivia’s hair is being analyzed. And her outfits are picked apart. In fact, the white coat she wore during this week’s episode caused a stir on Twitter. (It’s Burberry.) Saks Fifth Avenue picked up on the show’s style and they’re trying to capitalize on it.

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This Year’s Emmy Nominations Reflect The Incredible Changes Happening In Television

Any chance we have to ooh and ahh at our favorite celebs and over our favorite entertainments is welcome, particularly as we recover from the cavalcade of distressing news we got this week. Enter the Emmy award nominations.

But these noms should also inspire some amount of awe for putting on display the tremendous shifts happening on the boob tube.

First, we have the talk of the town: Netflix. The one-time snail mail DVD service (and Qwikster… remember that?) has made history with a best drama nomination for its original series House of Cards. In fact, it earned a total of nine nominations, including recognition for acting. It helps when you’ve got Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright in the cast. The fact that a Netflix series can attract that kind of talent speaks to the depth of broadcast entertainment and the willingness out there to try something new.

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Thank You Other Viewers. ‘Scandal’ Has Been Renewed!

Huzzah y’all! Scandal had a strong ratings showing last week and it’s been renewed for another season, bringing the day to a nice end. Did anyone watch last week’s episode? Racy with a capital R-A-C-Y. Thursdays at 10p.m. ET. Get on this quality entertainment — part PR, part soap opera. Cinema Blend has a roundup of what did and didn’t make the cut at ABC.

Here’s Fox’s new schedule (Britney Spears and Demi Lovato are joining X Factor), Vulture.com’s two cents about NBC’s lineup, and Networked Insights insights on those two networks.

‘Scandal’ Premiere: Kerry Washington is a ‘Gladiator in a Suit’

Last night was the premiere of Scandal, the new ABC program about a D.C. crisis expert based on Judy Smith (left), a real D.C. crisis consultant.

On the show, which was created by Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice), Kerry Washington plays the very tough head of a crisis firm that specializes in high-profile problems. In real life, Smith has worked with Michael Vick and Monica Lewinsky, among others. On the show, Washington’s Olivia Pope had to manage a decorated war hero with a big secret and a President (as in the President of the United States) trying to keep allegations of an affair under wraps. But things aren’t what Pope thought they were! Scandalous!

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