The countdown until the world can see Kerry Washington in ABC’s newest drama, Scandal, is on. The Black Women in Hollywood actress plays Olivia Pope, a Washington D.C. public relations consultant who has a knack for making the worst scandals disappear for elite politicians and celebrities.

Created by fellow BWIH honoree Shonda Rhimes, the drama co-stars Columbus Short. Catch the premiere on April 5 on ABC and click to see exclusive photos of the series.