Scandal will be moving to a midseason premiere for season 6 due to Kerry Washington’s pregnancy.
“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.
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.