‘Scandal’ Finds Olivia Pope's Mom in ‘Treme's’ Khandi Alexander

'Scandal' Finds Olivia Pope's Mom in 'Treme's' Khandi Alexander

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The actress will appear on the ABC series in flashbacks starting Thursday

“Scandal” has found Olivia Pope's (Kerry Washington) mother!

Khandi Alexander has been cast as the enigmatic figure, Maya Lewis, a show representative told TheWrap.

We're told the 56-year-old actress will debut on Thursday's episode via flashbacks in the recurring role.

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She arrives just as the ABC drama revealed that Olivia's off-and-on lover, President Fitzgerald Grant (Tony Goldwyn), may have shot down a plane that her mother was traveling on. Wait, there's more: It was by order of her father, Rowan (Joe Morton).

Alexander currently plays LaDonna Batiste-Williams on HBO's “Treme,” which returns with its fourth and final season on Dec. 1. Her other major TV credits include CBS's “CSI: Miami,” NBC's “ER” and “Newsradio.”

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The NAACP Image Award winner is represented by Resolution and Gallant Management.

“Scandal” airs Thursdays at 10/9c on ABC.