Two of ABC’s popular – and very steamy – dramas will air an hour earlier on Thursdays this fall, but ABC topper Paul Lee doesn’t seem to be too worried about shaking up the so-called family hour with Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal.
“I think it’s much less relevant than it was than five years ago,” Lee said today in a press conference, after a reporter questioned the idea of airing adult content earlier in the evening. ABC unveiled its fall schedule Tuesday that shifted the sexy medical soap Grey’s to 8 p.m. on Thursdays, and the equally racy Scandal from 10 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Another reporter reminded Lee that ABC once had a reputation for keeping the family hour free of racy shows, he said the sales department was “fully supportive” of the decision to move Grey’s to 8 and that it’s a “non-issue.”
Lee also went on to say that ABC has a “strong” standards and practices department and “we will make sure whatever we air is appropriate.”
Sexy scenes have become a mainstay on both dramas – and characters have even been known to do the hibity-dibity outside of the bedroom. (See: Cristina and Owen in the fan shaft: Fitz and Liv in the White House). But Scandal, in particular, also features violent content like torture. Watch some below: