ABC will be running an hourlong recap special the same night the “Scandal,” season 3 premiere airs as a quick refresher for viewers, the network announced.
The special which is titled, “Scandal: The Secret Is Out,” will debut on Thursday, Oct. 3 at 8 p.m. EST and will be followed by the season premiere of Grey’s Anatomy at 9 p.m. EST, and the season 3 premiere of “Scandal” at 10 p.m. EST.
The second season finale concluded when Olivia’s biggest secret was outed and there was a shocking revelation about who her father was. The third season premiere will reportedly jump ahead only 22 minutes after she learned about the leak.
The network regularly puts together recap specials for its serial dramas, but it is unusual for the specials to lead off a season; they tend to occur during the season and replace a planned rerun.
The star of the series, Kerry Washington is nominated for a Primetime Emmy in the Lead Actress In A Drama Series category – her first Emmy nomination ever, and the first time a black actress has been nominated in that specific category since the 1994-1995 season, when Cicely Tyson was nominated for her work in the NBC legal drama series Sweet Justice.
Whether or not Washington wins will be revealed when the Primetime Emmys air on Sunday, Sept. 22, on CBS.