If you are thrilled to be seeing the returns of “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal,” and “How to Get Away with Murder” to the air, let’s hope that the following news doesn’t put all of the air out of your tires.
Due in part to ABC’s plans to air a “20/20” pre-inauguration special chronicling President-elect Trump and his family’s move to the White House, the network has now confirmed that the entirety of their #TGIT lineup is being pushed from January 19 until January 26 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time. We have to imagine that there is a very cruel sort of irony in this, given that we don’t imagine there being much of a crossover between people who would watch a special on Trump and also people who would want to watch all of these shows, especially given how vocal Shonda Rhimes and many of the cast members were about Hillary Clinton.
The only thing that this likely means is that there will either be one fewer week of repeats at some point during the season as a result of this, or we are going to see the finales simply air one week later for all of the shows. Given that “How to Get Away with Murder” only has a small handful of episodes still to go, we know that it in particular will be done long before we roll around to May.
These three shows are ones that the network does certainly need back on the air, at the very least when it comes to ratings alone. Other than “The Bachelor” and some of their comedies, the network is struggling to really establish a whole lot of momentum or a positive trajectory with just about anything else that is on their lineup at present.
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