"Scandal" producer Merri Howard announced this week on Twitter that Ava DuVernay, the acclaimed director of "Middle of Nowhere", will be directing the eigth episode of the ABC hit drama next season.

In other news, DuVernay has also been tapped to direct Lee Daniels' Martin Luther King, Jr. drama "Selma", which also stars Kerry Washington. 

(H/T Shadow and Act)