Star Scoop: Scandal Soars, Halle Heads to CBS, Letterman Has More Late Nights Ahead

By  October 04, 2013

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Scandal stole Thursday’s primetime spotlight. Kerry Washington‘s return as Olivia Pope (white coat and all) opened its third season with 10.5 million viewers—a 71 percent jump from season two’s premiere. Well done, Shonda Rhimes! [The Hollywood Reporter]

Sandra Bullock isn’t the only astronaut we’re eyeing. Halle Berry will be lending her talents to Steven Spielberg‘s CBS spectacular Extant. The summer 2014 series will find Berry as an astronaut who tries to adjust back to civilian life after a year-long solo mission in space. [Deadline]

CBS CEO Leslie Moonves insists that “there is only one Dave,” and that he won’t be going anywhere, anytime soon. David Letterman—who holds the record as the longest-running late night TV host—has extended his contract with CBS through 2015. [TIME]

Speaking of tenure, turn your attention to The Simpsons. Though its 25th season just began, the award-winning animated series has been picked up for a 26th. [Vulture]

Just because it’s Friday, here’s some preciousness to send you off into the weekend. Kim Kardashian posted a new photo of baby North West on her Instagram page, telling her 10 million followers how much she missed Nori while away for Paris Fashion Week. [E! Online]