There's a growing concern amongst fans of ABC's political thriller Scandal that the hit show's upcoming sixth season has been axed. Scandal failed to premiere last month alongside Grey's Anatomy and How to Get Away with Murder in its usual fall spot. However, ABC has confirmed that such rumours are unsubstantiated and that Scandal hasn't been axed, but the premiere has instead pushed back into early 2017. While that's ultimately good news for fans, it will mean waiting a little longer for the new season.
According to the Bit Bag, ABC announced back in May that Scandal wouldn't be part of its usual fall schedule this year, with the show's producers deciding to push the premiere date into 2017. The shift in scheduling has been largely linked to the show's lead star Kerry Washington's pregnancy. The actress, who plays Olivia Pope on Scandal, is expecting her second child with husband Nnamdi Asomugha. While producer Shonda Rhimes is expected to use Washington's pregnancy in Scandal Season 6's storyline, it will still ultimately cause delays.