On Scandal, Cusick played ladies' man Stephen Finch, who served as Olivia Pope's (Kerry Washington) right-hand man on her team of professional fixers. It was announced after the first season that the Lost alum's contract had not been picked up for a second season and his exit was a "mutual decision."
How does Cusick feel now about leaving Scandal just before it exploded on Twitter and in the ratings? "Scandal is a huge hit. I'm happy for them, but it was never a really good fit for me," Cusick tells TVGuide.com.
Cusick will return to television in his first series regular role since leaving the ABC drama in The CW's futuristic thriller The 100, which debuts Wednesday, March 19 at 9/8c. Cusick plays Councilman Kane, who is among the leaders of a dying space station that houses the remainder of Earth's former inhabitants after it was destroyed nearly a century prior. In a desperate bid to save lives, the ark sends 100 juvenile delinquents back to Earth to investigate the possibility of re-colonizing. "This show is a great fit," Cusick says. "High stakes, spaceships, running around, people dying; that's much more my ideal and I enjoy that."
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Additional reporting by Robyn Ross