The Return of Your Favorite Shondaland Shows Has Been Delayed, and You Can Blame Donald Trump

Get Olivia Pope on the case, now.

It's been a long, cold, sad winter, and it was made even worse by the fact that every great TV show was rudely on hiatus. And just when you thought a reprieve was coming, politics takes it away. Yes, it turns out that the return of all your Shondaland favorites was pushed back a week, and it's all Donald Trump's fault. (Well, indirectly.)

Entertainment Weekly reports that Grey's AnatomyHow to Get Away With Murder, and Scandal are all being pushed back a week from their original starting date. Instead of airing on Thursday, January 19, the Shonda Rhimes shows will all air on Thursday, January 26. ABC says that they moved everything back so the "TGIT" return would have all three episodes be original and new. But what's replacing it might not be so nice to Scandal junkies.

On Thursday, January 19, ABC will instead air America's First Family: The Trumps Go to Washington, a 20/20 special perfectly timed to Donald Trump's presidential inauguration. So instead of watching Olivia Pope fix all of fictional Washington, ABC viewers will instead get a dose of political reality. And that's not quite the content to organize a viewing party around.

In the meantime, get excited about plot twists to come with this promo, and start stockpiling on red wine and popcorn.

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Megan Friedman

Megan Friedman is the former managing editor of the Newsroom at Hearst. She's worked at NBC and Time, and is a graduate of Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism.