Scandal (9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4) is, in a word, ludicrous. Overwrought to the point of being ridiculous.
This soap from creator/executive producer Shonda Rhimes ("Grey's Anatomy," "Private Practice") centers on Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington), a former White House communications director who runs her own crisis-management team. She says things like, "My gut tells me everything I need to know," and she's crazy self-righteous.
When she's not outwitting Russian mobsters and figuring out the secret in a Supreme Court nominee's past that he doesn't know himself - using her almost-magical powers - she's in the middle of a brewing scandal involving her former boss, the president of the United States (Tony Goldwyn).