Sorry, Gladiators. “Scandal” fans won’t be able to get their Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) fix Thursday because the ABC series is taking the week off. The network is switching up “TGIT” on March 3 to introduce their brand new drama, “The Family.”
While “Grey’s Anatomy” and “How to Get Away With Murder” will be airing new episodes during their respective 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. EST timeslots, sandwiched in between will be the pilot episode of “The Family.”
ABC’s latest series revolves around the Warren’s – mom Claire (Joan Allen), dad John (Rupert Graves) and kids Willa (Alison Pill), Danny (Zach Gilford) and Adam (Liam James). They were your average family living in Maine until Adam was kidnapped.
The pilot episode picks up 10 years after Adam’s disappearance … when he suddenly reappears. His parents are happy to have their son back after mourning him for all these years, but a lot has changed in that time. The Warren’s neighbor, Hank Asher (Andrew McCarthy) was convicted for Adam’s murder, and a detective named Nina Meyer (Margot Bingham) built a successful career after putting Hank behind bars. Meanwhile, Claire went on to become the Mayor of the town of Red Pines, and is running for Governor of Maine. What will Adam’s reappearance do to the town? Definitely shake things up.
ABC viewers can get their first taste of “The Family” at 9 p.m. EST on Thursday. However, the show’s regular time slot is Sunday at 9 p.m. EST. Those hooked after episode 1 will be able to watch the second installment this Sunday, March 6, at 9 p.m. EST.
As for “Scandal”? When fans last left off in episode 12, almost every character was in a downward spiral. Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) was hooking up with a reporter named Lillian (Annabeth Gish) and avoiding his duties as President of the United States. Olivia was riding high after Mellie (Bellamy Young) successfully released her book, but found out from Rowan (Joe Morton) that Jake (Scott Foley) was seeing someone else. While she initially wanted to pretend like she didn’t care, she later asked Huck (Guillermo Diaz) to get whatever information he can on a woman named Vanessa Moss – Jake’s “special” lady friend.
But the big shocker of the episode was of course the play for the Oval Office. Susan Ross (Artemis Pebdani) threw her hat into the ring with a little help from Elizabeth North (Portia de Rossi) and David Rosen (Joshua Malina). However, Cyrus (Jeff Perry) was working on his own little side project. Desperate to remain in the White House, Cyrus enlisted the help of former B613 agent Tom (Brian Letscher) to get Presidential hopeful, Pennyslvania Governor Francisco Vargas (Ricardo Chavira), some national exposure. The plan involved kidnapping a man’s son and forcing him to hold Vargas at gunpoint. The trick worked.
When “Scandal” returns on March 10 with episode 13, Abby (Darby Stanchfield) will be struggling to “Keep Fitz in Line.” Elsewhere, Jake will begin to reveal some secrets.