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Surprise! While you’ve been waiting patiently/not so patiently for Scandal to return on January 26th, ABC just snuck right in with a very special unexpected treat. A Scandal web series debuts today ahead of season 6. And, guess what, it’s pretty much exactly what will help you get through the weekend.

We couldn’t help noticing that the season 6 premiere was delayed, (boo!!) So the web series seems to be somewhat of a delightful peace offering (yay!!)

And it’s totally working.

Created and directed by Scandal star Darby Stanchfield (AKA Abby), the six episode web series, Scandal: Gladiator Wanted, features Gladiators Huck (Guillermo Diaz), Quinn (Katie Lowes) and Marcus (Cornelius Smith Jr.) as they work on finding an intern for Olivia Pope & Associates.

The web series is Stanchfield’s directorial debut, which makes all of this even more exciting. Of course, according to Stanchfield, she’s had lots of help from the ultimate pro. Show creator Shonda Rhimes has shown her nothing but support, because of course she has.

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In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Stanchfield said she was inspired to step behind the camera. Her excitement grew after watching co-star Tony Goldwyn (President Grant), direct an episode.

Scandal: Gladiator Wanted will be available on and the ABC app starting today! And Scandal makes its long-awaited return on January 26th at 9/8c on ABC.