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Kerry Washington's pregnancy delays season 6

Following news of Kerry Washington's pregnancy, the sixth season of "Scandal" will premiere in 2017.

Kerry Washington at the 2016 MET Gala

On Tuesday, May 17, 2016, ABC announced that the show will premiere season six mid-season 2017, with new series "Notorious" taking its previous Thursday slot.

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The change comes right after the news that 39-year-old Kerry Washington who plays Olivia on show is expecting her second child with husband Nnamdi Asomugha.

With "Greys Anatomy" and "How to Get Away with Murder" returning this 2016 and retaining their Thursday schedules, the "Scandal" change will mark the first time a Shonda Rhimes' series will share the three-hour slot with a non Shondland series.

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In the just concluded fifth season of show, Olivia made her relationship with Fitz public, aborted his baby, broke up with him, hooked up with Jake, convinced Jake to get married, and saved his life by appointing him Mellie's running mate.

In season five finale, Cyrus Beene was announced as Frankie Vargas' vice presidential running mate, while Jake Ballard was selected as Mellie's running mate, a decision made by Olivia to save his life.

In March 2016, ABC renewed all Shonda Rhimes' Thursday dramas, from "

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