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How TV shows hide star pregnancies

By Chris Gardner Slide 1 of 12

It's a good thing Hollywood is full of creative types -- especially the ones working in TV. Many of those gifted thinkers have been forced to rely on their imaginations and come up with inventive ways to hide the bumps of TV's pregnant leading ladies, like "Scandal" star Kerry Washington. Just in time for the ABC show's season finale on April 17, click through to see how writers and producers have worked to keep a growing belly from interrupting a series storyline ...Kerry Washington, 'Scandal'The current third season of ABC's hit show "Scandal" will only contain 18 episodes, down from a typical 22. The reason? Kerry, who brings Olivia Pope to life each week, is carrying new life in her belly (her first child with husband Nnamdi Asomugha). And while no one involved in the show has given an official comment for the reduced season, the truncated year is reportedly to allow the star to go on maternity leave a bit early. But while she's still working, the costume team has hid her stomach in oversize coats and dresses, while directors have shot her from the neck up, or even behind strategically placed lamps. No, seriously. Look here.
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