President-elect Donald Trump will not be in the upcoming Scandal season 6.
Creator Shonda Rhimes dismisses the speculations that connect Trump to the recent presidential elections of her hit political drama. She said if they wanted to include the newly elected president in season 6, they would have waited until after the election to begin the production. Rhimes said they already filmed five episodes on elections day.
When the show returns this month, the election results between Senator Mellie Grant (Bellamy Young) and Frankie Vargas (Ricardo Chavira) will be revealed in the first episode.
During the Television Critics Association winter press tour, Rhimes was asked whether she would make a speech like that of Meryl Streep in the recent Golden Globe Awards, Deadline reported. “I haven’t given that any thought at all, because I’m not Meryl Streep, although how much fun would that be. I don’t spend time thinking about what makes Trump stronger,” said Rhimes.
Scandal Season 6 Plot
Rhimes said this season will be totally different than the past and will not necessarily be about the current political climate in the country. She explained that this season viewers will see how the characters came to where they are now. The showrunner also described season 6 as a descent from the moral high ground to “depths” and a “chance to reflect” for the characters.
“It’s very different than any season we’ve had. We can’t judge it against what we’ve one before, or in terms of what’s going on now.”
Meanwhile, fans will have to wait a little longer for the return of Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) and her gladiators. The show was first moved to midseason due to Washington’s pregnancy. The episode order, on the other hand, has been shortened from 22 to 16 as well.
Now, for the premiere of season 6, reports noted that it has also been delayed to give way to the pre-inaugural 20/20 interview with Trump. It was previously scheduled to debut on January 19. When asked about the delay, Rhimes refused to speculate.
Catch the premiere of the sixth season of Scandal on Jan. 26 at 9:00 P.M. in ABC.
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