'Scandal' season 6 moved to midseason due to Kerry Washington's pregnancy

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"Scandal" will air Season 6 at 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 likely 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."

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'Scandal' season 6 moved to midseason due to Kerry Washington's pregnancy

January 2015

Washington wore a metallic color-blocked magenta and indigo gown by Mary Katrantzou to the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills.

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January 2015

The actress arrived at The Daily Front Row's 1st Annual Fashion Awards in LA wearing a geoprint black and white long sleeve top with a heather grey printed mini skirt.

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January 2015

To the 26th Annual PGA Awards, Washington donned a Prabal Gurung Pre-Fall 2015 strapless floral embroidered gown.

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February 2015

Washington celebrated the launch of Jennifer Meyer xo Jessica Alba in Hollywood, wearing a fun polka dot dress with white pumps.

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February 2015

Washington arrived at the 46th Annual NAACP Image Awards sporting a red lace Zuhair Murad gown.

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February 2015

The actress walked the red carpet at the SNL 40th Anniversary Special wearing a cool oversized white blazer and pumps.

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February 2015

To the Alfre Woodard's Oscar's Sistahs Soiree, Washington wore a floral color-blocked Sophia Kah ensemble.

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February 2015

Washington donned a unique black Balenciaga dress with Manolo Blahnik pumps to the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards.

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February 2015

The 'Scandal' actress attended the 87th Annual Academy Awards in a cream-colored Miu Miu strapless gown with gorgeous floral embroidery.

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March 2015

For the 'Scandal' event at the 32nd Annual PaleyFest, Washington sported a Mary Katrantzou Pre-Fall 2015 sleeveless blouse and an abstract jacquard skirt, adding a pop of color with yellow pumps.

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May 2015

Washington wore a patterned Timo Weiland dress and Tamara Mellon shoes. She wore Porter Lyons earrings, Sethi Couture rings and carried a Lee Savage clutch to Scandal's ATAS panel event.

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May 2015

Washington wore a stunning pink silk gown by Prada, along with emerald green heels to the 2015 Met Gala.

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May 2015

Washington wore an alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet jumpsuit with Christian Louboutin pumps, a Movado watch and Lorraine Schwartz earrings to the 2015 ABC NY Upfront Presentation in May.

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May 2015

Washington attended The Paley Center for Media's tribute to African-American achievements in television, wearing a cool black perforated frock.

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May 2015

To the Disney Media Distribution International Upfronts, the actress wore an Alexander Lewis dress, Le Silla pumps and EFFY Jewelry earrings.

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June 2015

Washington attended the Glamour Women of the Year Awards in June wearing a David Koma strapless top and skirt with EFFY and EF Collection jewels. She carried an Edie Parker clutch.

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August 2015

Washington wore a blue baroque print layered dress by Mary Katrantzou to the Disney ABC Television Group's 2015 TCA Summer Press Tour.

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September 2015

The actress arrived at the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in a stunning embellished Marc Jacobs dress.

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September 2015

The actress attended the Limited Edition Allstate Foundation Purple Purse launch event in New York City, wearing a sparkly black midi dress with sheer material and a sexy deep V.

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September 2015

To SiriusXM's Town Hall with Kerry Washington, the actress went for a casual look, wearing a floral sleeveless top, cuffed boyfriend jeans and T-strap pumps.

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September 2015

Washington attended the 2015 Global Citizen Festival, donning a funky black and white Balenciaga tube dress and Eva Fehren rings.

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November 2015

Kerry Washington wore an off-the-shoulder black gown to the ACLU SoCal Hosts 2015 Bill of Rights dinner in Beverly Hills.

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November 2015

Washington attended the 2015 Baby2Baby Gala wearing a gorgeous sheer and floral Giambattista Valli ballgown.

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November 2015

To the WWD and Variety Inaugural Stylemakers' Event, the actress sported a black and white striped Saloni crop top and high-waisted skirt with Nicholas Kirkwood Zig Zag pumps.

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December 2015

Washington attended the 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors Gala in December, wearing a black strapless feather bustier gown from Marchesa's Spring 2016 collection.

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"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.

A midseason bow in 2017 means that "Scandal" will not run at the same time as the upcoming presidential election, which strikes many similarities to the show's current storylines. The political drama incorporated an election build-up in its fifth season with last week's finale revealing the vice presidential running mates for the new season's election plot. Earlier this season, a Donald Trump-like character was introduced, but has since been booted out of the show's own presidential running.

While ABC has not commented on the episode order for "Scandal" Season 6, the show cut the episode order from 22 to 18 when Washington was pregnant with her first child during Season 3. Her pregnancy was not written into Olivia Pope's storyline.

See ABC's full fall 2016 schedule here.

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