Scandal star Tony Goldwyn couldn’t be happier for the three Emmy nominations the show received this morning.
Kerry Washington, Joe Morton and Kate Burton are all up for trophies on the big night.
“It made me so glad when I heard their names today,” Goldwyn told me earlier today while promoting his new WE tv series, The Divide (more on that in a second).
Scandal isn’t back shooting yet, so Goldwyn said, “I sent Kerry an email this morning going, ‘You are having some year, mama!'”
Mama? Too cute!
Yes, he’s up for babysitting for the new mom. “I’ve offered multiple times,” Goldwyn said. “My babies are all grown up so I’m ready for more baby duty.”
And no, Goldwyn says he doesn’t know anything about Scandal‘s new season. “I have no clue,” he insisted. “Where Shonda Rimes left me last season, it’s awful. In a good way. I lost my son, I’m going to be president again and the woman I love has flown the coop.”
When you tune into The Divide, don’t go looking for Goldwyn. He’s strictly behind the scenes as a co-creator, producer and director of the legal drama (premiering on WE tv on Wednesday, July 16 at 9 pm).
The series centers on the Innocence Initiative, a legal group in Philadelphia that works on exonerating the wrongfully convicted, and its work on an 11-year-old triple homicide.
Marin Ireland stars as the caseworker trying to stop the execution of an inmate (True Blood‘s Chris Bauer) who was sentenced to death for the murders. Rounding out the cast are Damon Gupton as Philly’s District Attorney, Nia Long as his wife and Paul Schneider as Ireland’s boss.
Like Scandal, you’re not sure whom to root for. “In one scene, someone is doing something and you say, ‘That’s awful!'” Goldwyn said. “And the next minute you’re like, ‘I want them to succeed.'”
The execution chamber is almost a separate character looming over the City of Brotherly Love. “Believe it or not, you can have a virtual tour of the Pennsylvania execution chamber,” Goldwyn said. “You can go to their website and take this tour through death row.”