NEW YORK (AP) — It's not coincidental that the stars of "Scandal" live tweet during episodes. They're encouraged to do so.
When several of the show's actors recently visited New York to promote the premiere of season three, ABC made sure to book Kerry Washington on a return flight to Los Angeles that offered Wi-Fi. Other cast members had their trips extended so they could be available on the social networking site.
Joshua Malina, who plays U.S. attorney David Rosen, relishes having a presence on Twitter. He describes his tweets as "self-promotion and dumb jokes."
A few examples:
—"Okay, how do we make the old chargers obsolete?" — first thing spoken at every Apple meeting about a new product."
—"Please watch Kerry Washington tonight on Kimmel as she continues her courageous battle against underexposure!"
—"If Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian can't make it, then ... nothing I can think of."
Malina may love Twitter but he wasn't an early fan.
"My sister was an early adopter. She lives in a remote area and what I could tell used Twitter to let my parents know that she was still alive. ... I thought, 'This thing is not gonna catch on.'"
Now he admits to sometimes crafting tweets and saving them for later.
"Occasionally I'll be driving around trying to formulate," he said. "The beauty of it is the enforced brevity forces you to craft your tweets, if you're attempting to be funny to really sort of pare it down so it's just right. I will work something over and over. Other times I'll read what's going on and instantly react."
Malina has no problem sparring with people who tweet him.