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Henry Ian Cusick Not Returning to 'Scandal' Season 2, Joshua Malina Upped as Regular

June 9, 2012 (1:31 am) GMT
The former 'Lost' actor will not reprise his role as Stephen Finch in the Shonda Rhimes-created drama since his contract is not picked up for the second season.

Henry Ian Cusick isn't a part of "" anymore. The Scottish-Peruvian actor, who received an Emmy nomination for his portrayal of Desmond Hume on "", will not return for the sophomore season of the ABC drama series as his contract is not picked up.

The Hollywood Reporter says Cusick's dismissal is amicable. On the political thriller series, he played ladies man Stephen Finch who is a member of Olivia Pope's () team of professional fixers.

In contrary, Joshua Malina who plays U.S. Attorney David Rosen is promoted to series regular in season 2. Though he appeared in all seven episodes of the first season, he was only considered as a recurring star.

Creator Shonda Rhimes recently teased about a possible romance between David and Olivia. "Olivia and David have amazing chemistry, and I love watching them together," she said. Malina is all up for the said storyline as he gushed, "Even my wife would be fine with that!"

Back in May, "Scandal" was renewed for a second season which consists of 13 episodes.

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