The Shonda Rhimes Thursday night on ABC is taking a break and fans are wondering when the three shows–Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away With Murder–will air next.
All three shows had their fall finales on Thursday, November 20. Repeat episodes will be airing every Thursday night, but new episodes won’t start back up until next year.
All three shows will return on Thursday, January 29.
Grey’s Anatomy season 11 is slated to have 24 episodes, meaning 16 will air when the show returns.
Scandal’s episode count isn’t clear yet, but 8 episodes have aired so far in season 4.
How to Get Away With Murder season 1 is slated to have 15 episodes, and 5 have aired so far. One point about the upcoming schedule–a double episode will air on February 26.
All three shows are getting pretty good ratings and are expected to be renewed, but there’s always a chance they will not be. How to Get Away With Murder would likely be the show if one gets canceled.
As for what will happen when the shows return, some new information has emerged.
Caterina Scorsone, who plays neurosurgeon Amelia Shepherd, told E! Online: “I am—well, I don’t want to say excited, because that’s not the right word—I’m drawn into Kepner and Avery’s baby story in part because it resonates so deeply in Amelia’s backstory. She had a really difficult journey with her baby. It will be incredibly interesting to see how their story plays out.”
How to Get Away With Murder executive producer Pete Nowalk added that the Keating five are going to get grilled by police mere hours after getting rid of Sam’s body.
“They’ll definitely feel pressure and feel paranoid and scared,” Nowalk revealed.
“They’re not criminals by nature. This is new for them and the fun will be to watch how they all handle it, in a very scary and different way than you’d expect. That tension is going to permeate through the entire rest of the season.”
As for Scandal, Kerry Washington talked about the plotline with The Hollywood Reporter.
“It’s pretty intense,” Washington tsaid about Olivia’s insane life. “What’s really interesting is last season, we were able to see Olivia unravel and have to deal with facing the truth of her past. This season, she’s having to deal with her past and really having to face the things that scare her the most. Olivia is having to say, ‘OK, if I’m going to be an adult, I have to let go of these generational, pathological ideas and relationships and frameworks.’ “
Dealing with her past includes facing the repercussions of holding her father at gunpoint.
“You get the sense that the messages that come from her mother and her father are so destructive,” Washington says. “So her ability to disconnect herself from that, we hope, allows her tremendous freedom. Except that it also may lead to her kidnapping.”