Scott Foley has been promoted to series regular for the upcoming third season of ABC’s Scandal.
Foley’s character, Capt. Jake Ballard, played a major part in the storyline for the second half of season 2. Jake, who just so happened to be an old Navy buddy of President Fitzgerald Grant (Tony Goldwyn), spent the majority of the season surveilling Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) for both the president and the head of B613, a top secret black ops organization. At the end of the season finale, we find out the real identity of the mysterious man Jake has been meeting with, Rowan (Joe Morton).
The season also ended with Jake ending up in a place familiar to gladiator Huck (Guillermo Diaz), but it appears he won’t be stuck there too long if he’ll be a series regular next season.
“I’m thrilled to join such a talented, enthusiastic and professional group of people,” Foley said. “Shonda and company have created a troupe of layered complex characters and to be able to be part of that is both exciting and humbling.”
Foley also hinted that Jake doesn’t want to be involved with B613 anymore, and that’s he’s looking for a way out.
“Everybody who we know who’s been in B613, from Huck to Charlie [George Newbern], they all seem to want out, they all seem to be in a position where they don’t like their job. And maybe Jake’s in the same position — if they want out, why wouldn’t he,” he said.
Foley is currently starring in the comedy The Goodwin Games, which premiered as a mid-season replacement on Fox on May 20. The series runs for seven consecutive weeks, with the finale airing on July 1.
The Goodwin Games focuses on three estranged siblings — Henry (Foley), Jimmy (T.J. Miller), and Chloe (Becki Newton) — who are forced to compete for their father’s inheritance after his death.
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