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It's handled — 'Scandal' cast and producers pledge 'satisfying' ending as show says goodbye

LOS ANGELES - Glancing inside stage 12 at Sunset Gower Studios in Hollywood on a recent mid-March day, a person could be forgiven for thinking a phone service ad was being shot: The smartphones are out and in serious use.

But this is what's it's like during a lunch break on the set of "Scandal," which, as the show that helped fuse TV watching and Twitter thumb-tapping, has as deep a relationship with the personal device as any tech company. And this isn't an ordinary early spring afternoon - just five days from now, this freight train of a political drama will screech to a halt when filming wraps, forever. As of Thursday's finale, crisis manager Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) and her band of cohorts will hang up their white hats.

So it's little wonder that the cast is intent on keeping its digital scrapbook stocked. Selfies are being taken, and quick videos are being shot.

Created by prolific producer Shonda Rhimes, "Scandal" is a thoroughly modern nighttime soap. Centered on Pope, the first black female character to lead a network drama in nearly 40 years (and her heart-thumping love affair with President Fitzgerald "Fitz"

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