Many of the guest stars booked to appear in the first season of 'Scandal,' which is scheduled to debut in early 2012, have also roamed the halls of Seattle Grace. Kate Burton and Jeff Perry, otherwise known as Ellis and Thatcher Grey, will both play Washington D.C. higher-ups in the new series, which stars Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, a PR crisis management consultant who specializes in ushering politicians and other celebs through very public scandals.
Burton will recur as the Vice President starting in episode 5, while Perry will the White House Chief of Staff. JoBeth Williams, who played Addison's mom on 'Private Practice,' will appear as a major client during the series' third episode.
The season's main storyline will revolve around a presidential aide played by Liza Weil, wife of 'Private Practice' regular Paul Adelstein (also known by 'Gilmore Girls' fans as Paris Geller), who resigns after her affair with the Commander in Chief is discovered and hires Olivia as her "fixer."
Another fun, Rhimes-related fact: Tony Goldwyn, who plays the president, has directed episodes of both 'Private Practice' and 'Grey's Anatomy.'
Other guest stars during Season 1 include Brendan Hines ('Lie to Me'), who plays a journalist investigating the sex scandal story.