TVLine Items: Scandal Time Jump, Homeland Casts T-Bag and More

Scandal is thankfully sparing us from enduring another incendiary presidential election cycle.

When the ABC drama returns at midseason, the action will pick up “on election night,” exec producer Shonda Rhimes revealed to EW.com. “We’re not going to spend our time playing an election.” When Season 5 ended, Mellie and Jake (aka the Republican ticket) and Francisco and Cyrus (aka the Democratic ticket) had just launched their respective campaigns.

As TVLine previously reported, Scandal star Kerry Washington’s real-life pregnancy forced the network to postpone the launch of Season 6 until early 2017.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* Prison Break‘s Robert Knepper has nabbed a recurring role in Homeland‘s NYC-set sixth season, Deadline reports. He’ll play General Jamie McClendon, the Department of Defense representative briefing President-elect Keane (House of Cards‘ Elizabeth Marvel) and her transition team.

* Ex-Nashville star Will Chase has joined ABC’s new Kevin Williamson drama Time After Time as a series regular, EW.com reports.

* Britney Spears will perform at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 28 alongside her “Make Me…” collaborator G-Eazy, the network announced Tuesday.

* Fox’s new-ish trailer for Empire Season 3 offers a first look at Young Cookie and Lucious so, you know, get busy pushing PLAY below…