Former president Bill Clinton has experience with real-life scandal, and Shonda Rhimes reveals he would be her dream guest star for "Scandal" on the small screen.
Speaking with E! during the Women In Film's Crystal + Lucy Awards on Wednesday night, Rhimes said that while she wasn't particularly interested in stunt-casting on her political fixer show, she'd make an exception for Clinton.
"That's not really our thing, but I will say, 'Bill Clinton, if you're out there, we would love to have you. ... We would always love to have you,'" Rhimes told E!
The showrunner added that part of the reason why she didn't want any real-life politicians on the show was because she didn't think they'd jibe well with "Scandal"'s subversive tone.
"There are always interesting politicians out there who would be interesting [to have on the show], but our show is a very heightened, very dark view of Washington," Rhimes said. "I don't think really Bill Clinton or any of those people belong in our Washington."
Gallery | New Fall 2014 TV Trailers
- 'The Flash' (CW, Tuesdays, 8 p.m.)
What's it about?: This "Arrow" spin-off follows forensic investigator-turned-superhero Barry Allen AKA "The Flash"
Why you might be interested: If you're already an "Arrow" fan or just a comic book fan in general, you'll probably be checking this out.
- "Jane the Virgin" (CW, Mondays, 9 p.m.)
What's it about?: Jane, a 23-year-old virgin, gets accidentally inseminated with her boss's baby by her gynecologist.
Why you might be interested: You like family comedies and want to see how this wacky situation plays out.
- 'State of Affairs' (NBC, Monday, 10 p.m.)
What's it about?: Katherine Heigl stars as CIA analyst Charleston Tucker (great CIA name, by the way), who councils the president. Of course, her personal life is just as dramatic as her career.
Why you might be interested: Heigl shined on the small screen as doc Izzy Stevens on "Grey's Anatomy." Perhaps she's destined for a solid career as a TV star.
- 'Constantine' (NBC, Fridays, 10 p.m.)
What's it about?: Based on DC's "Hellblazer" comics, John Constantine (Matt Ryan) fights evil and battles personal (and actual) demons.
Why you might be interested: Comic books! Hell! Spooky grandmas! "LOST" vet Harold Perrineau as an angel named Manny.
- 'A to Z' (NBC, Thursdays, 9:30 p.m.)
What's it about?: The chronicles of cute couple Andrew and Zelda, from the inception of their relationship to their breakup. Ben Feldman (who recently made a dramatic exit from "Mad Men") stars alongside "How I Met Your Mother" alum Cristin Milioti. Rashida Jones ("Parks and Recreation") produces.
Why you might be interested: This could be a good option for fans missing "How I Met Your Mother" still looking for a rom-commy replacement. The two stars are also pretty adorable and there's a "Five Hundred Days of Summer" vibe going on here.
- 'Marry Me' (NBC, Tuesdays, 9 p.m.)
What's it about?: A newly engaged longtime couple deal with the trials and tribulations that come with deciding to say "I Do."
Why you might be interested: If you liked the now-defunct "Happy Endings," you'll probably enjoy the sassy silliness of Casey Wilson. And Ken Marino ("Party Down") has a history of playing funny characters going back to cult classic "Wet Hot American Summer."
- 'Bad Judge' (NBC, Thursdays, 9 p.m.)
What's it about?: Kate Walsh ("Private Practice") stars as an unorthodox judge who leads a not-so-innocent personal life.
Why you might be interested: It's the brainchild of executive producers Will Ferrell and Adam McKay ("Anchorman," "Step Brothers") so perhaps we'll get a dash of their signature wacky humor.
- 'The Mysteries of Laura' (NBC, Wednesdays, 8 p.m.)
What's it about?: Debra Messing is a tough-talking detective and single mom balancing her complicated life.
Why you might be interested: Grace Adler wielding a gun? Color us intrigued.
- 'Mulaney' (FOX, Sundays, 9:30 p.m.)
What's it about?: A young comedian (John Mulaney) searches for his big break with the support of his hilarious ensemble of friends and mentors.
Why you might be interested: John Mulaney has been working the comedy TV world behind-the-scenes for years. The 31-year-old wrote for "SNL" and is credited for co-creating Bill Hader's now epic Stefon character.
- 'Backstrom' (FOX)
What's it about?: Rainn Wilson ("The Office") is a brilliant and eccentric detective coming off a five-year exile for offensive behavior.
Why you might be interested: It comes from the creators of "BONES" and Rainn Wilson appears to bring his off-the-wall charm.
- 'Wayward Pines' (FOX)
What's it about?: M. Night Shyamalan ("The Sixth Sense") brings this best-selling novel to TV through a 10-episode series. Matt Dillon stars as a Secret Service agent tracking down two missing federal agents in a creepy town.
Why you might be interested: Fans of spooky mysteries will be drawn to the "Twin Peaks" feel of this oddball thriller. There are four (count 'em, four!) Academy Award nominees involved: Juliette Lewis, Melissa Leo, Terrence Howard and Matt Dillon.
- 'Empire' (FOX)
What's it about?: An ailing music mogul's (Terrence Howard) family battles for control of his hip-hop empire.
Why you might be interested: Juicy behind-the-scenes music world drama. This could be a hip-hop answer to ABC's country-crooning "Nashville."
- 'Gracepoint' (FOX, Thursdays, 9 p.m.)
What's it about?: This 10-episode mystery focuses on the aftermath and investigation following a young boy's death in a sleepy seaside town.
Why you might be interested: It's based on the critically acclaimed U.K. series, "Broadchurch," which was wildly popular. It also stars "Breaking Bad" alum Anna Gunn.
- 'Hieroglyph' (FOX)
What's it about?: FOX is taking it back (way back) to ancient Egypt for this adventure series. its focus is on a thief taken out of prison to serve the Pharaoh.
Why you might be interested: It's a period drama that seems to be filled with sexiness and intrigue. This could be one for fans of "Spartacus" or "Rome."
- 'Cristela' (ABC, Friday, 8:30 p.m.)
What's it about: Law student Cristela's (Cristela Alonzo) ambitions clash with that of her traditional Mexican-American family's.
Why you might be interested: Alonzo is a successful stand-up with a rising star, having appeared on "Conan" and the "Late Late Show."
- 'Black-ish' (ABC, Wednesdays, 9:30 p.m.)
What's it about?: The family sit-com surrounds Andre Johnson, an upper-middle class suburban black man who hopes to raise his children with a sense of cultural identity despite their contradicting assimilation.
Why you might be interested: Comedy vet Anthony Anderson could bring the funny to this unique premise with potential. Tracee Ellis Ross ("Girlfriends") plays his liberal wife, Rainbow.
- 'Selfie' (ABC, Tuesdays, 8 p.m.)
What's it about?: Of course there's a show with a title featuring 2014's favorite buzzword. This one's about a social media prima donna who hires a marketing guru to re-brand her so she can make friends IRL (in real life.)
Why you might be interested: If you're looking for a modern-day "My Fair Lady" and you like Karen Gillan of "Doctor Who" and John Cho ("Harold & Kumar"), this one's for you.
- 'Forever '(ABC, Tuesdays, 10 p.m.)
What's it about?: Doctor Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd) is a medical examiner who studies the dead. The catch? He's immortal and has been deceased himself for over two hundred years.
Why you might be interested: Hey, that's a pretty good hook. And Judd Hirsch (Taxi, Numbers) plays Morgan's best friend.
- 'How to Get Away With Murder' (ABC, Thursdays, 10pm)
What's it about?: Defense attorney Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) and her four law school students get embroiled in a murder mystery.
Why you might be interested: This is a Shonda Rhimes creation ("Scandal," "Grey's Anatomy"), so we can most likely expect juicy, sexy, thrilling drama.
- 'Manhattan Love Story' (ABC, Tuesday, 8:30 p.m.)
What's it about?: This rom-com follows a new couple who have just started dating BUT we can hear their thoughts, thus exposing the contradictions of the sexes.
Why you might be interested: The voiceovers and quirky concept could bring some laughs and give us some fun insight into the characters. Analeigh Tipton ("Crazy, Stupid, Love") and Jake McDorman ("Greek") star.
- 'Angie Tribeca' (TBS)
What's it about?: The always charming Rashida Jones ("Parks and Recreation") portrays a cop in this police procedural satire.
Why you might be interested: Did we mention Rashida Jones is a total charmer? Steve Carrell and his wife Nancy executive produce.
- 'Buzzy's' (TBS, 2015)
What's it about?: A group of former high school classmates from Charlestown, Mass all work together in a barber shop.
Why you might be interested: There are some familiar faces here: Ashley Tisdale from "High School Musical,Bryan Pinkston of "Punk'd" fame, and "Cheers" star George Wendt. If you're into them and workplace ensemble comedies, check it out.
- Your Family or Mine (TBS, 2015)
What's it about?: Meet married couple Kelli (Kat Foster) and and Oliver (Kyle Howard). And spend alternating weeks with their respective wacky families. Yes, each episode will switch off between the pair's in-laws and their antics.
Why you might be interested: It might be cool to go back and forth between both sides of the family and see what they're up to. Oscar winner Richard Dreyfuss plays Oliver's pop.
- 'Proof' (TNT)
What's it about?: Jennifer Beals ("Flashdance," "The L Word") is a surgeon with a complicated past who is drawn to investigating the afterlife.
Why you might be interested: You like medical dramas but you also like stuff dealing with the supernatural and the idea of reincarnation.
- 'Public Morals' (TNT)
What's it about?: This police drama revolves around an honest cop working New York City's Public Morals Division while raising his kids. Oh, it's set in 1967.
Why you might be interested: Ed Burns writes, directs, and stars. Also, that whole too-cool period gangster underbelly thing is a draw and could be fun to watch in action.
- "Transporter" (TNT)
What's it about?: It's based on the Jason Statham franchise of the same name. Professional "transporter" Chris Vance gets paid to deliver people or cargo all over the world.
Why you might be interested: You liked the movies! Its first season already aired successfully in France!
- 'Librarians' (TNT)
What's it about?: This is a series sprung from the network's "The Librarian" trilogy of films, about a mystery solving group under the Metropolitan Public Library.
Why you might be interested: If you're a fan of the original franchise and you're thirsty for more magic, mystery, and adventure, you're probably excited.
- 'Madam Secretary' (CBS, Sundays, 8 p.m.)
What's it about?: Elizabeth McCord (Tea Leoni) is former college professor and CIA operative turned Secretary of State.
Why you might be interested: Political issues, foreign affairs, and family drama within a promising premise with what looks to be a strong female lead. This just might be "Homeland" lite.
- 'Stalker' (CBS, Wednesdays, 10 p.m.)
What's it about?: The stories of the detectives at the LAPD Threat Assessment Unit, a department that deals with stalking cases.
Why you might be interested: This a police unit we haven't seen yet! And the social media aspect might modernize the concept. Maggie Q ("Nikita") and Dylan McDermott ("The Practice") could make a nice pairing.
- 'Scorpion' (CBS, Mondays, 9 p.m.)
What's it about?: An eccentric genius assembles a team brilliant minds to protect against "complex threats of the modern age."
Why you might be interested: It can be fun to watch super smart people do really cool things. "American Idol" alum Katharine McPhee's in this one, too.
- 'The McCarthys' (CBS, Thursdays, 9:30 p.m.)
What's it about?: Ronny (Tyler Ritter) is a 29-year-old gay man hoping to gain independence from his very clingy Boston family and focus on his own social life.
Why you might be interested: There might be some good family chemistry here. Laurie Metcalf ("Roseanne") is a sit-com pro who has the comedy chops to carry it along.
- 'NCIS: New Orleans' (CBS, Tuesdays, 8 p.m.)
What's it about?: You most likely understand the premise of "NCIS" by now. This here's the Big Easy installment.
Why you might be interested: If you're an "NCIS" watcher who enjoys the work of Scott Bakula, you'll be into it.
- 'Hasta el Fin del Mundo' (Univision)
What's it about?: Sofia, a young woman controlling her family's chocolate factory after the death of her father.
Why you might be interested: This tasty plot is sure to be chock full of drama. Sofia is engaged, but she's drawn to a race-car driver named Salvador...
- 'La Gata' (Univision)
What's it about?: This telenovela follows Esmelalda, a poor woman in the La Barranca neighborhood, who falls in (secret) love and tries to rise above her dire circumstances.
Why you might be interested?: Forbidden romance and a beautiful, strong female lead lifting up her community.
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