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SCANDAL: Henry Ian Cusick Won’t Return For Season 2, Josh Malina Promoted to Series Regular

June 8, 2012 by  

SCANDAL is going to look a little bit different when season 2 debuts: an ABC spokesperson confirms that Henry Ian Cusick (Stephen) will not be a part of the series’ sophomore year, calling the move a “mutual decision.” The casting news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.

The only bright side of Cusick being off SCANDAL? It could potentially clear the way for him to return to FRINGE for the show’s upcoming final season. (Last we saw his character on the Fox series, he sacrificed himself in amber — in the year 2036 — in order to free Peter, with the hopes of saving humanity from the Observers. With the show rumored to be spending at least part of the fifth season in the future, it would make sense to touch back on that at some point.)

When I spoke with Cusick in April, he didn’t totally rule out a return to the Fox series, saying, “SCANDAL is the show I’m in. FRINGE is just a one-off. But with a show like FRINGE, the storylines are such that anything can happen.”

UPDATE, 4:07 PM PT: There is some good news for SCANDAL fans, however. ABC confirms that Josh Malina (David) has been promoted to a series regular. The news was first reported by

Are you bummed Cusick’s Stephen won’t be a part of SCANDAL season 2? Or are you hoping this move frees him up to return to FRINGE?

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3 Responses to “SCANDAL: Henry Ian Cusick Won’t Return For Season 2, Josh Malina Promoted to Series Regular”

  1. Barbara on June 8th, 2012 10:02 pm

    I’m bummed!! I only started watching Scandal because of Henry Ian Cusick. Even though he didn’t seem to have a lot to do in the series yet, I was enjoying the show and hoping to see his character Stephen more in Season 2. Oh well…not sure if I’ll be back to watch the show next season now or not.

  2. Alice on June 8th, 2012 10:11 pm

    I looked forward to learning more about his character next season!!! He will be missed, but glad to learn that “David” will be there every week.

  3. Sheila on June 9th, 2012 10:37 am

    Would have loved to find out ”what” made Stephan
    so bad and how big of a crush Darby’s character had on him!
    However, if I had to choose, I’d rather see HIC as
    Simon on Fringe, a much better fit! IMO! Come
    on JJ…we want to see Simon out of amber…pretty please?