July 19, 2013 7:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Scandal' Gets Marathon Treatment at BET (Exclusive)
Gladiators, mark your calendars.
ABC's Scandal is coming to BET with two major marathons in August, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.
The cable network will kick off the Kerry Washington starrer with season one and the first few installments from its sophomore season with the first of two 14-hour marathons on Saturday, Aug. 10 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. The second is set for the following week on Aug. 17, also from 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
The following Wednesday, Aug. 21, the political thriller about a D.C. fixer with professional and personal ties to the president (Tony Goldwyn) will finish up its second season and air for two hours with back-to-back episodes starting at 9 p.m.
Once the episodes run out for both seasons, the series will start over with the first seven from its freshman run, airing in order on Wednesdays leading up to the third season premiere on Thursday, Oct. 3, at 10 p.m. on ABC.
BET acquired early syndication rights to the Shonda Rhimes drama Monday. Washington and recurring guest star Dan Bucatinsky picked up Emmy nominations for their roles in the fast-paced drama on Thursday.
The marathon will provide both an opportunity for megafans to catch up and, ABC would hope, expose new viewers.