According to Deadline.com, the show's costume designers are finding it increasingly difficult to hide her pregnancy on the show. As a result, TV executives decided to make just 18 episodes instead of 22.
The political drama airs the second part of its riveting winter finale next Thursday. The program will then take a brief hiatus before returning in February.
Washington is expecting her first child with husband Nnamdi Asomugha.
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