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Tony Goldwyn and Jeff Perry: We Were ‘Twitt-iots’ Before ‘Scandal’

Scandal's Tony Goldwyn and Jeff PerrySome of social TV’s biggest shows were honored today at the 73rd annual Peabody Awards ceremony, and Lost Remote was there to talk with some of the stars.

ABC’s “Scandal” won an award, and we caught up two of the show’s biggest stars, Tony Goldwyn (President Fitzgerald Grant) and Jeff Perry (Chief of Staff Cyrus Beene).

“When we started…Jeff and I were ‘Twitt-iots,” Goldwyn joked to Lost Remote, with Perry noting he went from “Pony Express to tweeting.”

From the beginning, “Kerry [Washington] and Shonda [Rhimes] said we really want to get on Twitter,” Goldwyn told us, adding that the entire staff made a commitment to livetweet when the show aired.

“It made our fans, who immediately loved the show, feel enfranchised in a way, and to feel that they were apart of something, that they had ownership over the show, and had a direct line to us…which they do. And that just grew exponentially.”

And platforms like Twitter are the perfect complement to a show like Scandal, Perry says.

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A Truly ‘Scandal’-ous Finale Brings Show’s Stars and Social Fans Together

ScandalIf you haven’t watched the season three finale of ABC’s “Scandal,” spoilers ahead.

If you have, you saw a whirlwind of scandal, with President Fitzgerald Grant initially doomed to lose reelection, only to turn around and win; thanks to the American voters rallying around him after his teenage son died of a rare bacterial virus on Election Day–courtesy of Maya Pope–or so we thought.

In between all the reelection action and assasinations, the president learns his estranged wife had been raped by his own father, anti-hero “Huck” reunites with his long-lost family, the audience learns it was actually Olivia’s father, Rowan, who killed the president’s son, Harrison looks like he’s about to bite the dust, Olivia calls it quits on being the scandal master, and then flies off into the sunset with Jake.

And if this wasn’t enough action on your main screen, the show’s stars tweeted along on your second screen.

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‘Scandal’ Star Joshua Malina on Show Cast’s Decision to Be There for Fans on Social

David RosenABC’s hit show “Scandal” returned from an over two-month hiatus last night to its fans delight, with Kerry Washington‘s Olivia Pope back on the president’s—and her lover’s—reelection team, who had their hands busy dealing with a gone-rogue Vice President Sally Langston.

As we’ve covered extensively on Lost Remote, the show is one of social media’s most popular, with heavy engagement between actors and fans happening between episodes and in real-time as the show airs.

Lost Remote recently spoke to one of the show’s stars, Joshua Malina, who plays good guy—and sometimes mischievous—U.S. District Attorney David Rosen, about the show’s social media prowess.

LR: Why do you think your show resonates so much particularly on social media. Does the topic of politics and corruption create more of a reaction from TV viewers driving them to comment over other topics like romance, crime, etc.?

Malina: Well, SCANDAL is such an everything plus the kitchen sink kind of show, that it encompasses a breadth of topics – politics, romance, and crime high among them. So, whatever floats your boat, you can discuss it or argue about with your Twitter pals.

LR: It has been a norm for your actors and producers to engage social media fans, livetweeting during the show in some cases. What do you think drives the interaction between the face of the show and the viewers?

Malina: Not “in some cases!” Very early on, we as a cast made the decision to livetweet every episode on both coasts. It was a way of telling our fans that if they would commit to watching live, we’d be there for them – to answer questions, provide behind-the-scenes information, and just generally shoot the breeze with the people who keep us employed. And Scandal fans have really responded. In this age of time-shifting television watching, we are getting terrific numbers for live-viewing, and an important part of that is the Twitter crowd.

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