'Scandal' season 6 spoilers: new season a 'return to form,' new installment to premiere in 2017

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The sixth season of “Scandal” won’t premiere until next year, but the new installment will be as exciting as ever as ABC president Channing Dungey recently said that they have read the first script of the season and that it was very much like “a return to form.”

Speaking with reporters at the Television Critics Association summer press tour about the show, Dungey said, “Long-running shows, there’s always a little bit of ebb and flow. We have read the first script for the new season and it’s fantastic. It feels very much like a return to form.”

And while it was previously thought that season 6 will be the last for the series, show creator Shonda Rhimes said on her Twitter account that this wasn’t true, saying that she “never said this was the final season.”

Production on the new season began last month, however, fans will have to wait until 2017 for new episodes to start airing, likely to accommodate series star Kerry Washington’s pregnancy.

Washington recently spoke with Extra to preview what lies ahead for her character, Olivia Pope. The actress has just landed an Emmy nomination for “Confirmation,” the HBO film she produced, and the actress said that doing the project was a dream come true for her as she got to be “a real life Olivia Pope.”

On how Olivia has grown through the years, the actress said, “I think she’s grown a great deal through the years, but I think she’s still fundamentally still dealing with some core issues around figuring out how to be in healthy relationships.”

In the season 5 finale, Jake Ballard (Scott Foley) ended up being selected to run as Mellie’s (Bellamy Young) vice president, and he went along with the plan because Olivia came up with the idea in order to save him. The new season is expected to cover the presidential campaign and election, as well as Fitz’s (Tony Goldwyn) life now that he’s out of the White House.

“Scandal” returns in 2017 on ABC.