Scandal fans can add another win to their list of accolades, as the ABC show has just snagged a very high honor. The American Film Institute announced its Top 10 television shows for 2013, and there were some huge shocks in the roundup.
Although Scandal is in its third season, it’s the first year the Kerry Washington-led drama has made the list. Breaking Bad, landed a spot for its final season, as did Mad Men and Game of Thrones. Shockingly, those are the only two shows from last year’s Top 10 that managed to get recognition for 2013.
New Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys spy thriller The Americans got a spot, as did Julianna Marguiles’s The Good Wife (which previously made the list in 2011), new Netflix shows House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, Julia Louis-Dreyfus comedy Veep, and new Showtime hit Masters of Sex.
Among the casualties of the new favorites are Girls, American Horror Story, The Walking Dead, Modern Family, and Homeland, which were all lauded for their 2012 impact.
To choose winners, a jury of AFI members, scholars, film and television artists, critics, and AFI Trustees “determine the most outstanding achievements of the year, as well as provide a contextual rationale for each selection.”
Though the reasoning hasn’t been given yet for Scandal’s inclusion, any fan could tell you that the Shonda Rhimes original more than deserves its slot among TV’s greatest shows. The show will be among the honorees at a luncheon on January 10, 2014.
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