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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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What Really Happened to Quinn on Scandal? Let's Discuss

Spoilers for the latest episode of Scandal below! Scandal's Winter premiere left us with more questions than answers, the biggest one being: is Quinn really dead? Given the tension between Olivia (Kerry Washington) and Papa Pope (Joe Morton) over the whole dinosaur bones fiasco, it's certainly looking that way. Then again, when Rowan puts the woman's body into the trunk, we don't get to see her face before the car explodes, leaving a charred corpse behind. Who's to say that wasn't a decoy body? Sure, Olivia later tests for DNA, and the rest of the gladiators find a piece of her clothing at the scene, but would planting evidence like that really be so difficult for Rowan to engineer? Doubtful (the same goes for the two gunshot wounds Quinn and her unborn baby supposedly suffered). Regardless, the team is devastated by the possibility that their longtime friend is gone. They
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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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‘Scandal': Tony Goldwyn Explains How Kerry Washington Basically Invented Live-Tweeting TV

‘Scandal': Tony Goldwyn Explains How Kerry Washington Basically Invented Live-Tweeting TV
The final season of “Scandal” returns from its midseason hiatus on Thursday and Gladiators are sure to be excited to have a new episode to dissect on Twitter. Of course, the cast knows exactly what’s going to happen, and are just as excited to tweet about it with their fans on show night. After all, “Scandal” star Tony Goldwyn credits Kerry Washington with pretty much inventing the concept. TheWrap asked Goldwyn, who plays Fitz on the Shonda Rhimes series, about the “Scandal” gang’s obsession with live-tweeting episodes at a set visit during the Television Critics Press association tour last week. The...
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Get Your First Look at the New Shonda Rhimes Drama, For The People

Get Your First Look at the New Shonda Rhimes Drama, For The People
Shonda Rhimes has a new project up her sleeve.

In the Shondaland creator’s new drama, For The People, the executive producers and creator Pau William Davies bring new high-stakes courtroom experiences to life.

Set in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, the most high-profile trial court in America, six junior lawyers will face off in thrilling trials, all while trying to prove their worth to impress their veteran bosses. Starring Britt Robertson, Jasmin Savoy Brown and Ben Rappaport, the show will highlight these young attorneys working for both the defense and the prosecution
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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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Scandal Secrets, Spilled?! 4 Times That Shonda Spoiled Big Twists for Her Cast

Scandal Secrets, Spilled?! 4 Times That Shonda Spoiled Big Twists for Her Cast
Visiting the Scandal set earlier this month for what would be the very last time, any notion of learning anything about the series finale (airing Thursday, April 19) was to be instantly dismissed.

“[We know] absolutely nothing, literally nothing,” insisted Katie Lowes, who plays Quinn. “We don’t even know about next week!” Driving the point home, series lead Kerry Washington said, “Even if you hypnotized us, we couldn’t answer.” At which point we put away our swinging pocket watch.

RELATEDGrey’s Spinoff Gets 2-Hour Premiere, Scandal Moving to Later Slot

After all, for six-and-a-half seasons now, this cast knows to expect
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Quote of the Day: Ellen Pompeo on Asking for What She Deserves

Pompeo in “Grey’s Anatomy”: Mitch Haaseth/ABC

Equal pay in Hollywood is back in the news in the wake of Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg’s wildly different paydays for “All the Money in the World’s” reshoots becoming public knowledge. The past couple of years have seen actresses including Jennifer Lawrence and Charlize Theron speaking out about the issue, and now “Grey’s Anatomy” star Ellen Pompeo has penned a wonderfully candid and empowering feature for The Hollywood Reporter detailing her own struggle for equal pay.

“I’m 48 now, so I’ve finally gotten to the place where I’m Ok asking for what I deserve, which is something that comes only with age,” she writes. “Because I’m not the most ‘relevant’ actress out there. I know that’s the industry perception because I’ve been this character for 14 years. But the truth is, anybody can
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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Star Ellen Pompeo Signs for 2 More Seasons at Record $20 Million Per Year

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Star Ellen Pompeo Signs for 2 More Seasons at Record $20 Million Per Year
Ellen Pompeo has renewed her contract on Shonda Rhimes’ “Grey’s Anatomy” through seasons 15 and 16, becoming the highest paid dramatic actress on TV at a record $20 million per year, according to media reports. The new deal would provide Pompeo $575,000 per episode, a seven-figure bonus, back end points on the Shondaland show, a producing credit and an executive producing credit for the upcoming firefighter spin-off, The Hollywood Reporter wrote. More to come…
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Ellen Pompeo Extends Grey's Anatomy Contract With Seasons 15 & 16, Producing Roles

Ellen Pompeo Extends Grey's Anatomy Contract With Seasons 15 & 16, Producing Roles
The doctor is in—at least for another two seasons of Grey's Anatomy. Ellen Pompeo has signed a new deal to remain with the ABC medical drama for at least two more seasons—should ABC renew the Shonda Rhimes creation—and she's getting new Grey's duties. According to Deadline, Pompeo will make upwards of $550,000 per episode, making her the highest paid actress on television. The Hollywood Reporter says she'll be making $575,000 an episode, plus a signing bonus and two full backend equity points on the show, totaling $20 million a year. Pompeo will also become producer on Grey's starting midway this season and serve as a co-executive producer on the upcoming untitled Grey's Anatomy...
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Ellen Pompeo On New ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Deal, The Show’s End Game & Legacy And Her Post-‘Grey’s’ Future – Q&A

Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo has signed a new two-year deal with ABC Studios, the studio behind the long-running ABC medical drama, paving the way for two more seasons — 15 and 16 — of the venerable Shonda Rhimes series. In an interview with Deadline, Pompeo talks about her decision to continue on Grey’s, the show’s success and new creative direction, will Seasons 15 and 16 be Grey’s final chapters, and is she planning to act after the ABC series is over. Pompeo, who…
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Ellen Pompeo Inks New 2-Year Deal For ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, Paving Way For Seasons 15 & 16, Adds Producing Duties

Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo has signed a new two-year deal with ABC Studios, the studio behind the long-running ABC medical drama. The Shonda Rhimes-created Grey’s Anatomy has not been officially renewed beyond its current 14th season. But with Pompeo on board, the veteran series, which remains one of the highest-rated dramas on broadcast television, is expected to continue for at least two more seasons, its 15th and 16th. As part of the new deal, Pompeo became a…
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Ellen Pompeo, TV's $20 Million Woman, Reveals Her Behind-the-Scenes Fight for "What I Deserve"

On March 27, 2005, ABC debuted a medical drama titled Grey's Anatomy from a then unknown creator, Shonda Rhimes. The show was an instant smash, and everybody involved was ecstatic.

Everybody, that is, except for the series' star, Ellen Pompeo, the Grey of Grey's Anatomy. "I knew I was fucked," she recalls thinking at the time. After all, Pompeo was supposed to be a movie star.

Following a rocky childhood in a blue-collar, mob-heavy Boston suburb, where she and several siblings were raised by her father and grandparents (her mother died of an overdose when Pompeo was just 5), she...
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Natalie Portman, Reese Witherspoon, and More Say Time’s Up For Woody Allen: ‘I Believe You, Dylan Farrow’

Natalie Portman, Reese Witherspoon, and More Say Time’s Up For Woody Allen: ‘I Believe You, Dylan Farrow’
Following her speech at the Golden Globes in which she powerfully advocated on behalf of the #MeToo and Time’s Up anti-sexual harassment movements, Oprah Winfrey joined some of the most powerful women in Hollywood for a segment on “CBS Sunday Morning” to discuss the Time’s Up campaign and accused predators such as Woody Allen.

Read More:Rebecca Hall is ‘Profoundly Sorry’ For Starring in Woody Allen’s New Film, Donates Full Salary to Time’s Up

Allen has been in the headlines a lot this month as Dylan Farrow has pressured Hollywood stars to speak out against the director. Farrow has alleged for years that Allen molested her as a child. She called out advocates of the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements like Blake Lively and Justin Timberlake for supporting anti-sexual harassment causes while refusing to speak out about working with Allen.

“I believe you, Dylan,” Natalie Portman
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Mark Wahlberg To Donate Salary To Times Up Fund

Mark Wahlberg has announced that he will donate the $1.5 million salary he earned reshooting scenes from All the Money in the World to the Times Up Legal Defence Fund.

The announcement follows the recent revelation that co-star Michelle Williams, earned only $1000 for reshooting the movie’s scenes. The 10-day reshoot was required when director Ridley Scott chose to replace Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plumber in the role.

“Over the last few days my reshoot fee for All The Money in the World has become an important topic of conversation,” said Wahlberg. “I 100 per cent support the fight for fair pay and I’m donating the $1.5 million to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund in Michelle Williams’ name.”

William Morris Endeavor talent agency announced it will also donate $500,000 to the Times Up fund, a coalition of women in Hollywood set up by stars such as Reese Witherspoon, America Ferrera and
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Oprah Discusses Time’s Up With Natalie Portman, Reese Witherspoon, Tracee Ellis Ross, and More — Watch

Oprah Discusses Time’s Up With Natalie Portman, Reese Witherspoon, Tracee Ellis Ross, and More — Watch
A week after her show-stopping Golden Globes speech, Oprah Winfrey was back on TV this morning to talk about one of the other most notable presences at the ceremony: Time’s Up. She was joined by Reese Witherspoon, America Ferrera, Natalie Portman, Kathleen Kennedy, Shonda Rhimes, and Tracee Ellis Ross on CBS Sunday Morning to discuss the initiative, whose legal defense fund just received a $1.5 million donation in Michelle Williams’ name following the controversy over Mark Wahlberg’s salary for “All the Money in the World” reshoots.

More than 300 women are taking part in Time’s Up, which led Winfrey to an obvious question: Does it have a leader?

Read More:Mark Wahlberg Is Donating His ‘All the Money in the World’ Reshoot Salary to Time’s Up in Michelle Williams’ Name

“Who is the head of the group? And is it an organization? A movement?” Winfrey asked. “Black-ish” star Tracee Ellis Ross responded,
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Dylan Farrow Thanks Oprah, Shonda Rhimes For Woody Allen Discussion – Update

Dylan Farrow has thanked Oprah Winfrey and Shonda Rhimes for their “willingness to ask the hard questions” about Woody Allen and for “vocal support” after today’s Time’s Up segment on CBS This Morning. “Thank you @Oprah for your willingness to ask the hard questions and for being one of the first to move the needle on the issue of sexual abuse. Thank you @shondarhimes for your vocal support,” Farrow tweeted. Winfrey’s Time’s Up gathering of prominent Hollywood women…
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Oprah Winfrey Asks Powerful Hollywood Women About Woody Allen in Time's Up Interview

Among the topics discussed during a CBS Sunday Morning segment hosted by Oprah Winfrey on the Time's Up initiative was director and accused sexual predator Woody Allen.

Winfrey sat down with Reese Witherspoon, Kathleen Kennedy, Natalie Portman, America Ferrera, attorney Nina Shaw, Tracee Ellis Ross and producer Shonda Rhimes to discuss the impact their campaign has had in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

Of the topics discussed, Allen was brought up due to a series of tweets by Dylan Farrow during last weekend's Golden Globes in which she said she hoped Allen's time would have been up...
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Today in Soap Opera History (January 13)

1989: The Ryan's Hope finale aired on ABC.

2013: The broadcast TV finale of One Life to Live aired on ABC."History is a vast early warning system."

Norman Cousins

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1958: On The Edge of Night, Capt. Bill Marceau (Mandel Kramer) took McGinnis and Lowrey in for questioning.

1969: Joel Crothers aired for the final time on Dark Shadows. He played Joe Haskell and Nathan Forbes on the show.

1975: On Another World, after Rachel (Victoria Wyndham) accepted Mac's (Douglass Watson) marriage proposal at Iris' (Beverlee McKinsey) party, Liz broke away sobbing. Mac asked the guests to toast the future Mrs. Cory but Iris
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