Shonda Rhimes

Kerry Washington: 'Two pregnancies have been very different'

"Scandal" creator Shonda Rhimes didn't know that star Kerry Washington had another baby on the way when a less-is-more plan was put in place for season six of the political thriller.

The ABC series will have just 16 episodes next season. And fans will have to wait until January to see how the show's many cliffhangers play out.

Rhimes "knows what the story is," Washington said recently when she sat down with The Associated Press. "She knows about how many episodes she needs left to get there. And that was her decision."

It was only a couple weeks after Rhimes' announcement about the new "Scandal" game plan that Washington told...