Plus: Will 'Grey's Anatomy' outlive 'ER'?

By Natalie Abrams
August 04, 2016 at 06:34 PM EDT
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Though viewers will have to wait until midseason, Scandal‘s upcoming sixth season is a “return to form,” according to new ABC President Channing Dungey.

Asked at the Television Critics Association’s press tour about the future of Scandal, Dungey was quick to defend the Shonda Rhimes political fixer drama. “It was the fifth season this year,” 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.”

The fifth season averaged around 10.68 million viewers, down from the 12.66 million from season 4 and the 12 million from season 3. Despite some recent confusion that season 6 would be Scandal‘s last — it’s not — Dungey said they have not had discussions about setting an end date.

As for Rhimes’ other veteran series, Dungey praised Grey’s Anatomy, insinuating the medical drama has a long life ahead of it. “Look, it’s so rare to have a show that was as creatively on fire as this show was in season 12 last year,” she said. “The idea that we’re heading into our 13th season at a new zenith of creativity and inspiration makes me really excited to see what happens next.”

Could Grey’s Anatomy then top ER, which went for 15 seasons? “It would be awesome,” Dungey said enthusiastically.

Grey’s Anatomy will return Thursday, Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. ET, while Scandal is set to return midseason on ABC.

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