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TV Writers Launch Anonymous Pay Survey Amid Push for Salary Parity

Days after Ellen Pompeo opened up about her $20 million-plus earnings in a Hollywood Reporter cover story in which the Grey's Anatomy star revealed a years-long struggle to earn the same as former lead Patrick Dempsey, TV writers are looking for a way in which they, too, can achieve salary parity.   

On Tuesday, a Google document asking those writers along with assistants to share their salaries in a bid to "achieve parity" was passed around the industry. The survey, which does not offer any clues as to who created it, has already had multiple staff writers and assistants contribute...
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Workplace Romances on TV: Why #MeToo Doesn’t Change Things for Shows Like ‘The X-Files’ and ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

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In the eleventh season of Fox’s “The X-Files,” fans of the unique bond between FBI agents Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) were privy to a unique moment in the show’s history — a scene in the episode “Plus One” that contained too much evidence to dispute that at least in this one instance, the erstwhile partners enjoyed a physical interlude beyond their previously established platonic state.

After over 200 episodes, two movies, and giving birth to a child who they certainly think is theirs biologically (yeah yeah, hush up about the Season 11 premiere, at least for the moment) the question of whether or not Mulder and Scully have ever (to use a phrase only someone crass and tasteless would use) “gone to Pound Town” now seems relatively moot.

But it’s taken on a whole new flavor here in the year 2018, as the #MeToo movement has many of
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Grey's Anatomy Plotting Big Arizona Episode, Jesse Williams to Direct

Grey’s Anatomy‘s next Season 14 destination: Arizona.

The ABC medical drama is revolving an upcoming episode around Jessica Capshaw’s doc, with a key behind-the-scenes assist from co-star Jesse Williams. On Friday, Williams revealed on social media that he is set to make his Grey’s directorial debut later this season. Capshaw quickly piggy-backed on his announcement, tweeting, “It’s an Arizona standalone episode. Can’t wait!”

It’s an Arizona stand alone episode. Can’t wait!! When do we start rehearsals, again? https://t.co/hGh6PYZM68

— Jessica Capshaw (@JessicaCapshaw) January 19, 2018

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Should Ellen Pompeo Be the Highest Paid TV Actress?

Ellen Pompeo is an American actress who has had a number of roles in a number of movies over the course of her career. However, she should be best-known to most people because of a TV role, seeing as how she plays the titular character Meredith Grey on Grey’s Anatomy. It is because of this role that Pompeo is now the highest-paid TV actress out there with at least $20 million on an annual basis. How Did Ellen Pompeo Become the Highest Paid TV Actress? For those who are curious, Pompeo has become the highest-paid TV actress for the reasons

Should Ellen Pompeo Be the Highest Paid TV Actress?
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Ellen Pompeo Extends ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Contract for Two More Seasons

Ellen Pompeo is a hugely talented and successful actress. She is best-known for ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, in which she has played the title character Dr. Meredith Grey since 2005. Pompeo has recently become the best-paid actress in a television drama after signing a contract to continue working on the drama for at least two years. The deal covers her role as an actress and as and producer of the series. She is also working as a co-executive producer on an untitled spin-off from the medical drama which is about firefighters. This spin-off series will premiere on March 22, 2018. Industry gossip

Ellen Pompeo Extends ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Contract for Two More Seasons
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TV Ratings: 'Grey's Anatomy' Hits Season High in Return

Grey's Anatomy, on the ABC lineup for the foreseeable future thanks to a rich new deal with star Ellen Pompeo, saw ratings jump 20 percent in its Thursday return from a lengthy absence.

The medical drama climbed to a 2.2 rating among adults 18-49 at 8 o'clock and earned a season high 8.2 million viewers in its first episode back from a two-month hiatus. Fellow Shonda Rhimes-produced dramas Scandal (1.3 adults) and How to Get Away With Murder (1.0 adults) were also improved — by not as significant a margin as the block's elder-statesman.

Even with lifts, Grey's Anatomy...
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Here's What Happened When Jo's Estranged Husband Returned on Grey's Anatomy

It's been a while - two months, if we're being specific - since Grey's Anatomy fans have seen a new episode. The cliffhanger from the show's Winter finale left a lot of us struggling to pick our jaws up off the ground after the return of Jo's abusive husband. And it's safe to say now that the Winter premiere - brilliantly titled "1-800-799-7233," the number for the National Domestic Violence Hotline - pretty much gave us the exact same reaction. The last time we saw Jo, she had just run into her terrible, horrible, no-good, abusive husband, Dr. Paul Stadler (Matthew Morrison), who unexpectedly turns up at the hospital at the end of the show's midseason finale that aired back in November. Thursday night's premiere picks up right back where things left off, with Jo racing to find Alex before being unpleasantly surprised by Paul's return. RelatedGrey's Anatomy
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Ratings: ABC’s Tgit Returns With a Bang, But Not Big Enough to Beat CBS Sitcoms

The ladies of Tgit finally returned to ABC on Thursday after long midseason hiatuses. And they brought even better ratings with them. The Shondaland shows all came back with stronger numbers than their fall finales — with “Grey’s Anatomy” even hitting a season high (8.2 million viewers) after the announcement of star Ellen Pompeo’s impressive new deal with ABC. However, Olivia Pope, Meredith Grey and Annalise Keating’s drama just couldn’t compete with the laughs CBS doled out that evening with “The Big Bang Theory” universe, leaving CBS in first place in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic. Meanwhile, NBC and Fox duked it out, with...
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TV Ratings: Tgit Lineup Returns Strong on ABC

ABC’s Tgit lineup returned mostly up on Thursday night, according to Nielsen overnight data.

At 8 p.m., “Grey’s Anatomy” kicked things off with a 2.2 and 8.2 million viewers, up nearly 20 percent in the demo compared to its last new episode in November. “Scandal” drew a 1.3 and 5.2 million viewers, up over 10 percent in the demo from its last original episode. “How to Get Away with Murder” averaged a 1.0 and 3.8 million, approximately even with its last new episode.

On CBS, “The Big Bang Theory” (2.9, 14.7 million) and “Young Sheldon” (2.4, 13.2 million) were even and were the top-rated and most-watched shows of the night. “Mom” (1.6, 9.3 million), “Life in Pieces” (1.2, 6.8 million), and “Swat” (1.0, 6 million) were even.

For NBC, “Superstore” (1.0, 3.7 million) and “The Good Place” (1.0, 3.1 million) were even. “Will and Grace” (1.3, 4.5 million), “Great News” (0.7, 2.5 million), and “Chicago Fire” (1.0, 5.7 million) were up in the demo.

On Fox, “The Four” (1.2, 3.5 million) ticked up in the demo on Fox.

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Chris Rock Sells $3.35 Million Brooklyn Carriage House He's Owned Since His SNL Days

Chris Rock Sells $3.35 Million Brooklyn Carriage House He's Owned Since His SNL Days
Chris Rock is making a fresh start — in his real estate portfolio.

The comedian, 52, is letting go of a huge townhouse in Brooklyn’s rapidly gentrifying Clinton Hill neighborhood. The house, listed with Douglas Elliman, sold for $3.35 million in September and the sale was first reported by 6sqft this week. The 3,700-square-foot property, which Rock put on the market in May, went for $500,000 below the original asking price of $3.85 million.

Related: Ellen Pompeo Lists Just-Completed ‘Modern Barn’ in the Hamptons for $3.8 Million

The gutted interior of the Beaux-Arts building boasts a loft-like style with exposed beams and brick walls. It
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Grey's Anatomy Has a New Spinoff You Can Watch Right Now

Grey's Anatomy fans, rejoice: B-Team is a new spinoff that you can stream right now for free! For every Harper Avery Award win and every steamy hookup, there's a clueless, bushy-tailed intern missing social cues and doing scut work, according to B-Team. Curious? You can watch the new digital-only series on ABC, YouTube, or Hulu. The new six-episode web series consists of cheeky slice-of-life clips about the new interns introduced at the beginning of season 14. It's directed by Sarah Drew, who also plays April Kepner on Grey's, and features the six new interns as well as cameos from characters like Miranda Bailey. Sophia Taylor Ali stars as Dahlia, Jake Borelli as Levi (or "Glasses"), Alex Blue Davis as Casey, Jaicy Elliot as Taryn, Rushi Kota as Vik, and Jeanine Mason as Sam. The entire web series unfolds on the interns' first day as surgeons, which takes place sometime after the
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'Grey's Anatomy': Krista Vernoff and Camilla Luddington Go Inside Timely Domestic Abuse Episode

[This story contains spoilers from Thursday's "1-800-799-7233" episode of ABC's Grey's Anatomy.]

In an episode that could have been written post-Harvey Weinstein, ABC's Grey's Anatomy addressed domestic abuse during Thursday's episode in which Jo Wilson (Camilla Luddington) came face-to-face with her abusive and estranged husband Paul (Matthew Morrison, Glee).

The minute Paul arrives, many of Jo's colleagues are taken with his stature as a famous doctor. That is, until they learn that Jo was a victim of domestic abuse by the renowned surgeon. Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) instantly changes course and supports Jo, refusing to let her be alone in the...
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Grey's Anatomy Recap: Antsy Meeting You Here — Plus, Camilla Luddington on Who's Behind the Shocking [Spoiler]

Grey's Anatomy Recap: Antsy Meeting You Here — Plus, Camilla Luddington on Who's Behind the Shocking [Spoiler]
At last, with the midseason premiere of Grey’s Anatomy, we could pick our jaws up off the floor after the winter-finale cliffhanger left Jo face to smug face with her abusive husband, Paul. In “1-800-799-2233,” she was horrified to learn that he had a new fiancée, Jenny, then even more horrified to learn that he’d volunteered to pitch in at Grey Sloan during the hacking crisis!

RELATEDGrey’s Anatomy‘s Ellen Pompeo Details Rocky Relationship With Former Co-Star Patrick Dempsey, Reveals Real Reason Behind Martin Henderson’s Exit

Though Alex and Meredith circled the wagons around Jo,
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Freeform Sets Premiere Dates for ‘Cloak & Dagger,’ ‘Bold Type’ Season 2

Freeform Sets Premiere Dates for ‘Cloak & Dagger,’ ‘Bold Type’ Season 2
Freeform announced the premiere dates for much of their upcoming slate on Thursday.

Freeform will debut the two-hour premiere of “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” on June 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The series stars Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph as two teenagers from different backgrounds who are linked together through mysterious powers. The show is co-produced by Marvel Television and ABC. Joe Pokaski, producer and writer of “Heroes” is the showrunner and executive producer. Marvel’s head of television Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory from ’‘Marvel’s The Defenders” are also executive producers.

The premiere date for new drama “Siren” along with a teaser trailer was also announced. The mermaid series’ first episode will air March 29 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Eline Powell stars as a mysterious girl who brings trouble to a small fishing town. Emily Whitesell (“Finding Carter”) is the showrunner and executive producer. The story is
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10 Things We Learned at the Television Critics Assn. Press Tour

The Television Critics Association winter press tour is officially in the record books. The broadcast and cable networks — and even a few streamers — did their annual dog-and-pony (well, there was a sheep) show for the TV critics press corps, presenting their strategies for the coming season.

Amid the swirl of puppies, “prestige popcorn,” and promotional swag, here are the major takeaways.

1. It’s “business as usual” at Fox and Disney

It’s going to be “business as usual” during the next year to 18 months, during which the Fox-Disney deal is expected to close. While Fox executives Dana Walden and Gary Newman admitted they are going to have decisions to make down the line, right now they said they both remain committed to the work they are doing with Fox Television Group. This includes prepping for the upcoming pilot season and rolling out the rest of their midseason launches, including “The Resident.” However, Newman
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Ellen Pompeo On ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Salary Negotiations After Patrick Dempsey’s Season 11 Exit

Ellen Pompeo got candid in a new interview about Patrick Dempsey‘s season 11 exit and how it affected Grey’s Anatomy and her role. Ellen Pompeo Opens Up About Grey’S Anatomy & Patrck Dempsey’S Departure Pompeo noted how the show handled negotiations with her. While she never shared a meeting with Dempsey, the network would always use his presence as leverage […]

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How Ellen Pompeo Became One of TV's Most Powerful Women With Just One Show

How Ellen Pompeo Became One of TV's Most Powerful Women With Just One Show
It doesn't usually work out this way. Actresses with a small handful of film credits on their resumes don't tend to land leading roles on major broadcast network dramas, let alone become and remain one of the most recognizable faces on TV for 14 years and counting. But like the show that has brought her into our living rooms every week, there's something extraordinary about Grey's Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo that simply can't be ignored or overlooked. She's managed to overcome cast upheaval, behind-the-scenes drama, and the overall downward trending power of broadcast network TV to not only remain ABC's most bankable star, but become one of the most powerful women currently working in the...
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Ellen Pompeo on Patrick Dempsey Leaving Grey's Anatomy & How She Negotiated a $20 Million Deal

Ellen Pompeo on Patrick Dempsey Leaving Grey's Anatomy & How She Negotiated a $20 Million Deal
Ellen Pompeo is getting candid about her salary to inspire other women to rise up against the wage gap.

According to THR, after 14 seasons, Pompeo, 48, signed a new deal in late 2017 that will make her the highest-earning actress on a TV drama: $575,000 per episode (she films 24 a year), along with a seven-figure signing bonus and two full backend equity points on the series, estimated to bring in another $6 million to $7 million. She also will get a producing fee, plus backend, on this spring’s Grey’s spinoff.

So how did the negotiations shake out? According to Pompeo, Patrick Dempsey‘s
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Why Derek's Death on Grey's Anatomy Was "A Defining Moment" For Ellen Pompeo

Meredith Grey might be a medical badass, but to be totally honest, she doesn't hold a candle to Ellen Pompeo. The actress recently sat down with The Hollywood Reporter to discuss her 14-year reign as Grey's Anatomy's leading lady, and she wasn't afraid to get candid about the silver lining of the controversial death of her onscreen love interest, Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey). The article, which describes Pompeo as "TV's $20 Million Woman," reveals that Derek's death paved the way for the actress to finally negotiate for what she's worth. "For me, Patrick [Dempsey] leaving the show [in 2015] was a defining moment, deal-wise," she said. "They could always use him as leverage against me - 'We don't need you; we have Patrick' - which they did for years. I don't know if they also did that to him, because he and I never discussed our deals. There were many times where I
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Grey's Anatomy: Ellen Pompeo Signs for Season 15 and 16, Teases How the ABC Series Will End

Grey's Anatomy isn't losing its namesake anytime soon. Recently, Ellen Pompeo told Deadline she has signed on for two more seasons of the ABC TV show.Pompeo has played Dr. Meredith Grey since the medical drama premiered in 2005. The cast also includes Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson, James Pickens Jr., Kevin McKidd, Jessica Capshaw, Sarah Drew, Jesse Williams, Caterina Scorsone, Camilla Luddington, Kelly McCreary, Jason George, and Martin Henderson.Read More…
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