The moment that we first heard that “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal,” and “How to Get Away with Murder” (a.k.a. the entire #TGIT lineup) was going to be delayed a week from January 19 to the 26th in order to accommodate a Donald Trump – “20/20” special, there was quickly one thought that entered our head: Shonda Rhimes won’t be thrilled with this. The prolific producer is responsible for all three shows, and she also was a staunch Hillary Clinton supporter during the entirety of the campaign.
Therefore, going into the TCA Winter Press tour event on Tuesday for ABC, it was fair to assume that she may have a thing or two to say about it. Yet, she chose to keep her cards relatively close to the vest, saying the following to TVLine about the switch:
“I just think that ABC does its programming … I’m not in charge of scheduling. I’m fine with whatever they want to do. It has nothing to do with my job. I stay in my lane.
“I honestly don’t have anything to do with programming or scheduling, and don’t pay attention to it or spend very much time caring about it.”
If we were in Rhimes’ shoes we’d certainly have some frustration, but in the end she does have the right philosophy with this response. It’s not as though she is losing a new episodes because of the special; all of these episodes are simply going to be delayed. Plus, the only thing that she would get out of making some sort of big statement about the delay would be strife between her and the network, and she’s got a good thing going with them given that there are so many shows from her production house currently on the air.
You can view the official announcement of the schedule switch over at the link here. Meanwhile, be sure to share your thoughts on Rhimes’ comments below. (Photo: ABC.)