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Kerry Washington's Pregnancy May Push Scandal Season 6 to Midseason

ABC may be facing a giant hole in its #TGIT schedule next season.

News that Kerry Washington is pregnant has the network weighing a series of options with regard to Scandal‘s upcoming sixth season. TVLine has learned exclusively that one of those options involves delaying the show’s return until midseason.

ABC is set to announce its fall schedule in two weeks.

This would be Washington’s second child with husband Nnamdi Asomugha. The actress’ first pregnancy fell during Season 3 and led ABC to trim the show’s episode order from 22 to 18. It also resulted in considerably less screen time for Washington, whose baby bump was not written into the show.

It’s not clear Shonda Rhimes & Co. will opt to make Olivia pregnant this time around.