While some of our favorite primetime TV shows took limited time off for winter breaks, Grey's Anatomy and its fellow TGIT series How to Get Away with Murder have been off the air since mid-November, while Scandal still has yet to debut its sixth season. The wait was supposed to end on Thursday, January 19, but the network announced today that fans will be waiting even longer, thanks to a newly scheduled one-hour 20/20 special devoted to Donald Trump, who is set to be inaugurated the next day as the President of the United States.
Now, if you happen to tune into ABC that night at 8:00 p.m. ET, you'll see a repeat of a previous Grey's Anatomy episode, which will then be followed by a Scandal rerun. According to TVLine, after that is when ABC will debut America's First Family: The Trumps Go to Washington, a special from the ABC News team at 20/20. The title isn't exactly mysterious, and potential viewers can look forward to seeing the tumultuous path to political supremacy that Donald Trump traveled during his head-turning campaign and election victory. Not that it'll just be The Donald, since his wife Melania, daughter Ivanka and some of his other kids were also in the public spotlight quite a bit.
It seems like someone at ABC would have thought about that date's closeness to the inauguration ahead of time, thus avoiding disappointing millions of people who need to see what's happening with Jo and Alex and Annalise and the Keating Five and everyone else. The network, of anybody, should realize how rabid the Grey's and HTGAWM fanbases are, especially after cliffhangers. And what about all of the viewers that have been patiently (or perhaps impatiently) watching all of the real life White House drama while thinking about how Olivia Pope would have done things? Scandal has been gone from our lives since last May, as the drama took a hiatus for Kerry Washington to have her baby, and we are hungry for more.
This news is certainly a bummer, but it's perhaps good that ABC chose to keep all three premieres together, rather than only postponing the one drama getting displaced by the Donald Trump special. I mean, sure the Grey's Anatomy and Scandal fans who don't watch How to Get Away with Murder might be a little more perturbed by it, but it makes sense from a business angle.
So remember, now you'll have to wait until Thursday, January 26, to see the long-anticipated returns of Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder on ABC. And head to our midseason premiere schedule to see when everything else is coming to TV in the coming months.