It’s Official: ‘Scandal’ Is Coming To An End After Next Season

Posted May 10, 2017


Shonda Rhimes teased last year that her hit show ‘Scandal‘ would have an expiration date, and sooner than later. The creator revealed that in her mind, she already knew when the show would end and had it planned out to retire somewhere around or before the 8th season mark.

Well now according to reports, that time will come during the show’s upcoming seventh season. Although the show is currently in it’s sixth season, there are only three episodes left before the finale, then after next season it’s a wrap.

via The Hollywood Reporter:

The network is expected to announce at next week’s upfront presentation that the Shonda Rhimes drama starring Kerry Washington will end with its previously announced seventh season. ABC, producers ABC Studios and Shondaland declined comment.

Rhimes has been vocal about the show’s uncertain future in the country’s current political climate. “I used to know how it ended, and then Donald Trump was elected,” she told The Hollywood Reporter during an interview for its 100th episode. “We had a destination, and I don’t know if that’s our destination anymore.”

Sources note that Rhimes always saw Scandal as a seven-season show. The prolific producer told THR ahead of season four that her fast-paced game-changing series — inspired by the life of fixer Judy Smith (who serves as a co-executive producer) wasn’t a “10-season or eight-season show. … I’ve already decided when Scandal is ending,” she said at the time. “I think there’s only so much Scandal you can tell satisfactorily. The Fitz-Liv thing can only be told so long and in such a way. … I’ve already decided how long that is and what that’s going to be.”

With ABC set to unveil its new fall schedule for the 2017-18 broadcast season early next week at its upfront presentation for Madison Avenue ad buyers, it remains unclear if Scandal will be held for a midseason return — similar to how the show originally launched its seven-episode first season and season six. Rhimes, though, has been vocal about wanting another abbreviated run.

An official announcement is pending. Stay tuned.

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