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Posted at 02:29 PM ET, 04/06/2012

‘Scandal,’ indeed! D.C. drama used fake backdrops of Washington

Kerry Washington in ABC’s new “Scandal.” (Danny Feld/ABC)
No worries, Kerry Washington fans, you did not miss a chance to meet the actress when she was filming her new ABC series based on the life of D.C. crisis-management ninja Judy Smith — because “Scandal” did not film here in D.C. Those scenes from Thursday night’s episode where Washington conducted tense, fast-talking conversations in front of the White House and Jefferson Memorial? Fake backdrops, it seems. Real-life Lafayette Park doesn’t have balustrades or marble steps as seen on TV, and that Tidal Basin scene? Well, something was wrong there, just can’t put our finger on it. The D.C. Film Office said the show did not bring production to the District that they know of; though its star is a graduate of George Washington University, ABC publicists confirmed that “Scandal” was shot entirely in L.A.

D.C.’s had a mixed track record with Hollywood lately. NBC’s “The Firm” brought its cameras and stars here for some real on-location shooting last fall — but the show was quickly canceled. We’ll see if HBO’s forthcoming “Veep,” which spent a day or so filming in D.C. (but more of its time in Baltimore), fares better.

Read earlier: Kerry Washington in “Scandal” reviewed by Hank Stuever, 4/5/12

ABC bases ‘Scandal’ on D.C. insider Judy Smith, 4/1/12

Filming movies in Washington just got harder, 1/30/12

‘The Firm’ films in D.C. — more TV production, stars to come?, 9/13/11

Julia Louis-Dreyfus stars in new D.C.-based show, 10/25/11

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