ABC a little less ‘Scandal’-ous this season

Florence Anthony | 12/13/2013, 2:34 p.m.

Forget those blogosphere fantasy tales that LaToya Jackson and her longtime business partner Jeffre Phillips got married. I received a text from Jackson, and she told me: “No, it’s not true. It’s a rumor.”

Her publicist went on to say: “The reporting outlet should be embarrassed for their mistake and at least make an effort to find facts to back up their story before reporting.”

Once again, I was right. Evelyn Lozada is pregnant by Los Angeles Dodgers player Carl Crawford. The 37-year-old VH1 “Basketball Wives” star, now a “baseball mama,” confirmed the identity of her $142 million baby daddy in a pre-taped interview with “omg! Insider” reporter Nina Parker. Lozada, who divorced former NFL star Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson after he assaulted her last year after only a few weeks of marriage, also told Parker that she is open to getting married again. The baby is due in March. Lozada is also mother to a 20-year-old daughter.

On Friday, Dec. 6, Fusion MIA and Grey Goose Vodka honored Lee Daniels, director of “The Butler,” with a Fly Beyond Award for his accomplishments and triumphant spirit. Other honorees, including Betty Saar and George N’Namdi, were feted by acclaimed Latin muralist Trek 6, who created a mural in front of the Grey Goose and Fusion MIA pop-up gallery commemorating the achievements of the late President Nelson Mandela.

Broadway’s “Motown: The Musical” celebrated a 2014 Grammy Award nomination in the Best Musical Theater Album category and is one of just three nominees in the category. Ensemble member Ryan Shaw (Stevie Wonder and others) also received his third Grammy Award nomination for the song “Yesterday” from his album “Real Love” in the Best Traditional R&B Performance category. Capping off the successful week, “Motown: The Musical” saw its second consecutive best week ever with a weekly gross of $1,562,964 over eight performances ending Dec. 8, setting another box office record at the Lunt–Fontanne Theater.

There will be less “Scandal” on ABC’s schedule this season than originally planned. The network has reduced the order for the hot Shonda Rhimes drama from 22 to 18 episodes. Reports are speculating the reason to be Kerry Washington’s pregnancy. Sources say it is getting hard to hide the pregnancy in loose–fitting clothes for the normally super stylish Olivia Pope.