The series returns to ABC’s lineup on Jan. 26 with its own election, early episodes that were filmed before the world learned the results of the real-world contest between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
“I don’t really equate the two,” said “Scandal” executive producer Shonda Rhimes on Tuesday. “That’s not really the goal. If it was the goal, we would have waited until after the election” to film new episodes.
Washington gave birth to her second child, a boy named Caleb Kelechi, on Oct. 5.
Even though she was obviously busy, Washington said she and the show’s other stars sought each other out to talk about what happened on election night.
“Over the years, these are the people I’ve become closest to in many ways,” she said. “It was strange to have to find each other on hiatus, to kind of check with each other and process it.”
Rhimes batted away political questions during a meeting with reporters, including one about Meryl Streep’s Golden Globes speech. She said she had no problem with ABC postponing the show’s debut for a week for the network to air a pre-inauguration special.