The Shonda Rhimes produced ABC drama Scandal will be returning this fall, but star Henry Ian Cusick won't be coming back with it. It seems that Rhimes and Lost's former Desmond Hume have mutally agreed to see each other in another life, brotha.
Cusick's character of Stephen Finch was one of lead character Kerry Pope's top associates at her Crisis Management firm, using both his brains and his looks to get vital information for his boss. The decision to part company may be based on the fact that Finch ended up not being as big a part of the story as originally envisioned. He got very few "character moments" in the show's short seven episode first season, and didn't feature that prominently in the show's central plotline, that being the titular scandal involving President Fitzgerald Grant.
Again, this was reportedly a mutual decision, and there is said to be no bad blood between the actor and his former producer. In what may be an attempt to fill the hole left by Cusick's departure, recurring season one player US Attorney David Rosen (Joshua Malina) is being bumped up to main cast status. That is certainly good fortune for Malina, and a man as talented as Cusick will quickly get other offers. This may work out for all parties involved.
Do you watch Scandal? Will Cusick's departure hurt the show?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter