'Scandal': 'Grey's Anatomy' veteran Kate Burton joins Shonda Rhimes' new show

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Kate Burton, who played Mer's ( Ellen Pompeo) brilliant, distant mother on "Grey's Anatomy," has joined ABC's midseason drama "Scandal" for a multi-episode run, the network says. Both shows are created by Shonda Rhimes.

"Scandal" centers on a Washington-based crisis consultant ( Kerry Washington) who formerly worked for the president ( Tony Goldwyn). Burton will play the vice president, whose politics are somewhat to the right of Goldwyn's character, a moderate Republican.

The part will reunite her with Burton with TV ex-husband Jeff Perry, who played Meredith's dad on "Grey's" and is a regular on "Scandal" as the president's chief of staff.

"Scandal" will also feature a couple other actors who have spent time in Shondaland. Series regular Katie Lowes has guest-starred on both "Grey's" and "Private Practice," as has recurring guest star Liza Weil (who's also married to "Private Practice" star Paul Adelstein). JoBeth Williams, who played Addison's ( Kate Walsh) mom on several "Private Practice" episodes, also guests in the new show.

"Scandal" will debut in early 2012 on ABC; Burton will first appear in the fifth episode.
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