ABC’s ‘Scandal’ season 3: Episode order cut, likely due to Kerry Washington pregnancy

Take a look -Mrs. Carter: Prepare yourself to see a little bit less of “Scandal” in the new year.

After getting to see a solid ten-episode run of the Kerry Washington series in the fall, the news coming out now is that the second half of this season, which starts on February 27, is only going to be eight episodes long. This is a cut of four hours from the original order, and that may be sad news for some Gladiators out there who like to get their fix of this show, but at the same time, we rather like it. There are always a good five or six episodes in a season here that feel more like filler, and this allows for a chance to trim some of the unnecessary storylines, and shift the focus a little more to some of the stories that actually matter.

As for the reason why, it likely relates back to the news that Kerry Washington is currently expecting her first child with NFL player Nnamdi Asomugha, and is reportedly due to give birth in March or April. While this is not confirmed, it’s not too hard to figure out that there was no way to fit in 22 episodes this season (which has a long production time) into a window where she would be able to do all of them. Also, it’s not exactly easy to have this show without Olivia Pope. Therefore, this show is getting a similar sort of treatment as to when “Bones” cut some of its order in the past to accommodate Emily Deschanel. Kerry will be back in the summer, presuming a likely renewal, to shoot some more episodes of the drama then. It’s unlikely that season 4 will experience any sort of shedding of the episode count, at least so long as the producers and the actors want to continue moving forward with doing 22 episodes a year. Doing 13 -15 a season is becoming trendy to do (see “Sleepy Hollow” or “The Following”), and this is a show that could switch to that easily.

The “Scandal” fall finale premieres on Thursday night, and if you click here, you can watch a full promo for it now.

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