UPDATE: Thanks to reader LadyB for pointing us to the series’ official trailer, on YouTube; it gives us a lot more to look at, in order to get a better feel for the series… more-so than the short preview clip I posted yesterday, which didn’t impress many of you. My initial post follows below, and the official trailer is at the bottom of this post, after the preview clip.

It’s that time of the year as the networks unveil their next season goodies. And here (in the pic above and video clip below) we have our official first look at Kerry Washington, Columbus Short and others in the new Shonda Rhimes series now titled Scandal. I say “now titled” because it was previously known as Damage Control. I think I like Scandal better anyway.

As already reported on this site, the series is based on the life of real-life Washington-based PR guru Judy Smith – former White House press aide under President George H. Bush, who also counseled Monica Lewinsky, Michael Vick, Senator Larry Craig, worked on the prosecution of former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry, the Clarence Thomas Supreme Court hearings, the Chandra Levy investigation and the Enron Congressional inquiry.

Kerry Washington stars as Judy Smith (who’ll be known as Olivia Price in the series), who’s described as “stylish but weary, too smart for her own good, something of a legend, formidable, driven, insightful, intuitive and fearless; heads up a team of crack legal experts.

Columbus Short will play a lawyer on her team.

The now official full synopsis reads: “From the creator and executive producers of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice” comes a drama revolving around the life and work of a professional crisis manager and her dysfunctional staff. A former media relations consultant to the President, Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) dedicates her life to protecting and defending the public images of our nation’s elite. After leaving the White House, the power consultant opened her own firm, hoping to start a new chapter — both professionally and personally — but she can’t seem to completely cut ties with her past. Slowly it becomes apparent that her staff, who specialize in fixing the lives of other people, can’t quite fix the ones closest at hand — their own.

Not sure when exactly it’ll make its debut next season, though that info will be released eventually.

Watch the short preview clip below: