111312-celebs-best-shows-2012-scandal-kerry-washingtonOlivia Pope is officially joining the BET family.

The network has made an exclusive deal with ABC to air new episodes of Scandal this fall. Each episode will air only on BET after its broadcast premiere. BET will also get fans up to speed for the season three premiere by airing the first two seasons all summer long.

“We’re thrilled to be joining forces with ABC in airing this dynamic series,” said Debra Lee, Chairman of BET Networks. “Scandal is a cultural phenomenon that has resonated with viewers for the past two seasons and we’re excited to be part of its continued journey.”

Scandal stars Kerry Washington (Django Unchained, Ray) as Olivia Pope, a former communications director to the president of the United States and owner of a prominent crisis management firm. While she and her staff specialize in fixing the lives of the high-powered political set, they struggle to keep their own lives — and secrets — in check.

The series, created by Grey’s Anatomy show runner Shonda Rhimes, has become a ratings smash in its second season, drawing a record number of viewers for the season two finale. The highly addictive series is the only one on a broadcast network with a Black female lead. From BET