Sixty seconds into the first episode of ABC's new drama "Scandal" (debuting tonight at 10), it's apparent -- even if you know nothing about the show going in -- that this is a Shonda Rhimes vehicle. (I'm positive that almost every male reader just clicked away from this page.)
The Shonda tell in the opening of "Scandal" is the pace of the dialogue. It's fast. Very, very fast. Like, "Gilmore Girls" on amphetamines fast. (Did I just lose the remaining male readers?)
But seriously, despite my allusion to "Grey's Anatomy" and the risky "Gilmore Girls" plug, I don't think men should shrink in fear from "Scandal." On the Estrogen-Testosterone Soapy Drama Meter (patent pending), it's pretty well balanced and safe for male consumption.