After several grueling months of waiting for the official return of ABC’s TGIT line-up, fans were dealt another blow today when it was announced that Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder would not be returning on the scheduled January 19 date. All three have been pushed back an additional week.
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Normally an extra week of waiting for Shondaland would be disappointing, but acceptable. However the reason this time is making many fans angry: ABC is airing a special on Donald Trump and his family, just before he is officially sworn in as POTUS.
Entertainment Weekly has the full details on this change that has viewers more than a little upset. Their report states, “The one-hour special, America’s First Family: The Trumps Go to Washington, will air on January 19 at 10 p.m. ET, preceded by repeats of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal at 8 p.m. ET and 9 p.m. ET, respectively.”
This late-breaking decision by ABC is frustrating, considering that teaser trailers for the return of the TGIT line-up have been airing for almost a month now, with the January 19 return date announced even earlier. Without the Shonda Rhimes crop of shows on Thursday nights, ABC has seen a significant drop in their ratings and could definitely use some fan support…support that will now have to wait an extra week. The Trump Effect is starting already.