‘Scandal’ Season 5 Adds ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Star; Will She Be Mellie’s Competition?


“Pretty Little Liars” Annabeth Gish is set for a recurring on ABC’s hit Washington, D.C. drama series, “Scandal,” when it returns from its winter hiatus.

As of press time, the show has not revealed what Gish’s role will be on the show. However, because “Scandal is jumping ahead six months after the events of the midseason finale, the presidential primary election is mounting, so Gish could be playing either an opponent for Mellie (Bellamy Young) on the Republican side or a challenger on the Democratic side.

“It’s an amazing field of candidates,” Young told Entertainment Weekly regarding “Scandal’s” upcoming election. “I cannot wait for everybody to see some new and old faces. Some folks will be a surprise, some folks will be folks you know very, very well, and some folks you may not have seen in a minute. It’s good and juicy.”

Another actor who has landed a recurring role on “Scandal” is “Desperate Housewives” alum Ricardo Chavira.

Buddy TV reports that since Scandal occasionally takes story ideas from real life, there’s the potential for fictional presidential candidates based on the real ones. Chavira could easily fill a Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio role of a charismatic Hispanic senator running as a Republican.

Aside from her role in “Pretty Little Liars,” Gish can currently be seen on Fox’s “The X-Files” revival, reprising her role of FBI Agent Monica Reyes from the original series. She previously co-starred on FX’s “The Bridge” and recurred on “Sons Of Anarchy.”

The two new “Scandal” stars are not new to playing political roles on TV. Chavira recently played a congressman on “Castle” while Gish played a politician’s wife on Showtime’s “Brotherhood” and the eldest daughter of President Bartlet on “The West Wing.”

“Scandal” returns with the second half of season 5 on Thursday, February 11 at 9pm on ABC.

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