“Scandal” Pushed Back To Midseason Due To Kerry Washington’s Pregnancy
During Kerry Washington‘s first pregnancy…Olivia Pope hid her baby bump behind designer coats, lamps, purses, and bags of food.
This go around, ABC opted to forgo all of that and the network announced on Tuesday they are going to push “Scandal” back to midseason.
“Scandal” will air Season 6 midseason on the 2016-17 schedule, ABC announced Tuesday ahead of the network’s Upfront presentation.
Moving “Scandal” off the fall schedule means that Shondaland’s buzzy “TGIT” Thursday night programming block is no more — at least for the fall.
“Grey’s Anatomy” keeps its Thursday 8 p.m. timeslot for Season 13, and Viola Davis’ “How To Get Away with Murder” keeps its 10 p.m. slot for Season 3. New drama “Notorious” replaces “Scandal” at 9 p.m. ABC renewed “The Catch” for Season 2 and picked up a new Shondaland show, “Still Star-Crossed,” so there’s more than enough material to bring back a Shondaland-centric “TGIT” in the winter or spring.
New ABC president Channing Dungey joked about Rhimes’ prolific production banner on a press call Tuesday morning, noting that since Shondaland now has five shows, “We’ll have to expand beyond Thursdays.”
“Scandal’s” schedule shift comes after news broke that the show’s star Kerry Washington is pregnant. While Washington hasn’t officially commented on her pregnancy, the infamously private actress did pose on the Met Gala red carpet earlier this month with her hand on her belly after tabloid reports surfaced.
Maybe she doesn’t want to hear her Gladiators groaning about having to wait for the show’s return.