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Scandal Season 6 Episode Order Cut

Scandal will be popping out fewer episodes next season.

In the wake of news that leading lady Kerry Washington is expecting her second child, ABC has trimmed the show’s Season 6 episode order from 22  to 16, TVLine has learned exclusively.

As we reported earlier today, one option the network is mulling has the #TGIT staple sitting out the fall and returning at midseason with an uninterrupted 16-episode run. An ABC rep declined to comment.

During Washington’s first pregnancy two years ago, ABC similarly reduced the show’s episode order (from 22 to 18).