(Editor's note: This column was originally published on November 15, 2017.) The looming conclusion to one of ABC’s longest-running dramas is certainly bittersweet for one of its cast members. For their final season, the producers of Scandal decided to make George Newbern a series regular, although to fans of the show it appeared he already was after six years as a recurring character -- super spy Charlie. “Yeah they finally made me a Scandal regular, which is great,” Newbern laughed when we recently spoke. “It only took me 63 episodes and unfortunately it's the last year, but we are having a good time. The writing [this season] is really intense.” (Pictured above: Newbern standing at center with his "new" co-stars Kerry Washington, Joshua Malina, Guillermo Diaz and Darby Stanchfield.)
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