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Scandal Will Have Only 18 Episodes This Season

There will be four fewer episodes of Scandal this season than originally planned. According to TV Line, ABC has reduced its episode order from 22 to 18 — which means one more episode next week, and then eight more when the show returns at the end of February. This is, presumably, a move to accommodate star Kerry Washington's pregnancy, so fear not for the future of Scandal, Gladiators. ABC would happily yank out a tooth to ensure a long, stable future for its beloved and buzzy soap.