22 Most Shocking TV Character Deaths of 2018, From ‘The Affair’ to ‘Westworld’ (Photos)

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Guess Whose Dad Is Coming Back to ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

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Longtime no see, Thatcher Grey.

Jeff Perry — who has been busy playing “Scandal”s conniving Cyrus Beene for the seven-season run of the recently-wrapped Shonda Rhimes series — is heading back to another Shondaland drama this fall. Perry will reprise his role as Meredith’s (Ellen Pompeo) father on Season 15 of “Grey’s Anatomy,” an ABC spokesperson told TheWrap.

Perry hasn’t ventured to Seattle since his appearance during Season 7 of the Pompeo-led series. And for those who aren’t regularly binging old episodes of “Grey’s,” allow us fill you in on Thatcher.

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He had Meredith with her mother Ellis Grey, but wasn’t involved in her life as a child. He married Susan Grey (Mare Winningham) and fathered two more daughters, Lexie (Chyler Leigh) and Molly (Mandy Siegfried).

No plot details have been given on what Perry will be doing when he comes back to Grey Sloan Memorial, but it’s sure to be a dramatic arch — ’cause “Grey’s,” right? And this season is a big one for Meredith (and her real-life alter ego), as the doctor is supposed to jump back into the dating game, and Pompeo is now raking in a whopping $20 million a season.

Entertainment Weekly first reported the news of Perry’s impending return.

“Grey’s Anatomy” will return with a two-hour season premiere Thursday, Sept. 27, on ABC.

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‘Scandal’ Star Tony Goldwyn Cast in Netflix’s ‘Chambers’

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“Scandal” star Tony Goldwyn will star opposite Uma Thurman in Netflix’s new drama “Chambers,” it was announced Thursday.

The 10-episode, hour-long supernatural series is written and created by Leah Rachel. Akela Cooper will be co-showrunner with Rachel. The story will follow a young heart attack survivor who becomes obsessed with the mystery surrounding the heart that saved her life. The closer Rachel comes to finding out the truth about her donor’s sudden death, she starts taking on characteristics of the deceased, and it gets sinister.

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Goldwyn will play Ben Lefevre, the father of the heart donor, Becky. Here’s his official character description: “His warm charm and practical business acumen conceals a mystical bent that knows no bounds. He is also the philanthropic owner of Annex Power. Born in El Paso, Ben’s money is self-made, and he attributes a large portion of that to The Annex Foundation – a new age spiritual center. After the death of his daughter, Ben becomes even more devoted to their cause.”

Stephen Gaghan will executive produce the series through Super Emotional, as will Rachel and Cooper. Wolfgang Hammer and Winnie Kemp will executive produce with Super Deluxe. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon will also executive produce and direct the pilot.

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Why Rayshun LaMarr, LeBron James and Cyrus Beene Are TV’s Social Media MVPs of the Week

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Check out this week’s most emotionally reacted-to TV personalities and characters.

A singer, a Cleveland Cavalier and a “Scandal-ous” character had viewers talking passionately on social media over the past seven days.

The Wrap has partnered with Canvs, the emotion measurement company, for a weekly look at some of the characters and personalities that have TV viewers the most worked up on social media. The data below covers April 18-24 and is drawn from the most emotionally reacted-to television programs, including broadcast, cable, streaming and PPV.

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Even after 14 seasons, NBC’s “The Voice” remains a huge driver of emotion on social media, and the most recent episode featuring the live top 12 eliminations was no exception. It generated a whopping 106,315 Emotional Reactions (ERs) thanks in large part to competitor Rayshun LaMarr. Although LaMarr initially had one of the least popular performances of the evening, he was given the chance to sing against D.R. King for an “Instant Save” (where viewers tweet their votes for who should stay on the show), and he came out on top by a large margin.

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Rayshun all the way #TheVoice

— Tari (@tarierrn_tari) April 25, 2018

#save rayshun Lamarr please!!!!????

— Margaret Brehman (@AubussonFabrics) April 25, 2018

YAS RAYSHUN ???????? #voiceresults

— Cal???? (@dwtshibs) April 25, 2018

With you 100%! So glad Rayshun made it thru!

— Debbie Schallock (@cooldeb) April 25, 2018

Round one of the NBA playoffs is in full swing and Cleveland Cavalier LeBron James has been making waves during his team’s series against the Indiana Pacers. The four games so far have been broadcast on ESPN, Fox Sports and TNT, and have generated over 214,000 ERs. As we’ve mentioned before, James is just one of those players who people either absolutely love or absolutely hate. His recent moves on the court have inspired both awe and disgust, but one thing is certain: he’s a huge driver of emotion on social media.

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LeBron’s interior defense is awful.

— John Steele (@johnsteele_007) April 21, 2018

I hate Lebron! It’s just painful to watch him… #letsgopacers

— Nick Charles (@ncharles013) April 18, 2018

This the Lebron I like to see ????

— Big James (@TallDude901) April 19, 2018

You just cant stop lebron ????‍

— Davo (@polodav7) April 18, 2018

Viewers joined together to say goodbye to their favorite characters during the series finale of ABC’s hit show “Scandal” (64,905 ERs). Although Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) was, as always, a steady source of emotional engagement, during the finale it was Cyrus Beene (Jeff Perry) who really ignited fans’ feelings. In particular, they (spoiler alert) couldn’t believe it when Cyrus killed Attorney General David Rosen (Joshua Malina) during a heart-pounding scene that sparked an avalanche of shock followed by pure hatred.

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Omg Cyrus killed David Rosen

— Janick. (@imJAYded_) April 20, 2018

Cyrus you are evil #ScandalFinale

— A M B E Z Y (@bezy_bby) April 20, 2018

I hate Cyrus ???????????? #ScandalFinale

— ???? (@_TeeGee) April 20, 2018

CYRUS IS SO EVIL!!!! #Scandal

— Publicist Bae???? (@TheBrieAgency) April 20, 2018

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‘Scandal’ Series Finale: Shonda Rhimes Is Taking the Meaning of Olivia Pope’s Portrait to Her Grave

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(Spoiler alert: Please do not read ahead unless you have seen the “Scandal” series finale that aired on Thursday.)

“Scandal” wrapped its seven-season run on Thursday night with a final episode that packed in fierce outfits, killer monologues and the most tragic death in the history of the series (RIP David Rosen). It also gave us a Shonda Rhimes’ cliffhanger that probably made more than one Gladiator knock over their glass of red wine in shock.

And we’re sure if you saw the finale you already know we’re talking about that “YAS QUEEN!”-enducing painting of Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) hanging in the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. You know, something that suggests she eventually becomes PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.

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Following the episode, Rhimes, Washington and the rest of the cast sat down on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” to discuss the ending, and of course that moment came up.

When the late-night host asked Washington what she thinks the portrait is doing there, she nervously answered: “Gosh, I really want Shonda to answer this question. Because even in the script it’s written that we don’t know exactly why.”

Rhimes jumped in to say: “It says the audience is left not knowing.” But, of course, the showrunner revealed she actually knows what’s up, adding, “I get one last thing to say as a spoiler that I’m going to hold onto for the rest of my life.”

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Well, that sounds par for the course for, Rhimes.

However, that’s OK, because Scott Foley, who plays Liv’s sometimes lover (other times brother) Jake Ballard, told TheWrap in an interview last week that the seventh and final season of “Scandal” would come to a close with an ending he wants you to make your own. And we’re 99.9 percent sure that portrait of Olivia is what he was referencing.

“Now there is one thing that is sort of ambiguous at the very end of the show and it’s going to leave people questioning, ‘Did this happen? Did that happen? I don’t quite get it.’ And I think it’s important to make it your own,” Foley said of the episode — titled, “Over a Cliff.” “And there’s going to be questions and disagreements and ‘It couldn’t be. Here’s why’ or ‘It has to be. Here’s why.’”

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“But I think it’s important for the viewer, when that happens, and they see the moment that I’m talking about, to make it personal to them. And I know this is sounding very ethereal, and forgive me for that. But there is an opportunity there for it to have whatever you want it to have,” he added.

Watch Rhimes and Washington discuss the ending above and see the portrait below.

Always a Gladiator. #TheFinalScandal #ScandalFinale pic.twitter.com/AkEiIxmUQD

— Scandal (@ScandalABC) April 20, 2018

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Ratings: ‘Scandal’ Series Finale Surges 44 Percent From Last Week

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Thursday marked the end of an era, and the “Scandal” series finale grew 44 percent from its prior week rating in the key 18-49 demographic. The final hour of Kerry Washington’s ABC series rose 29 percent in total viewers versus last Thursday.

A week ago, “Scandal” got a 0.9 rating/4 share and 4.2 million viewers. This “Scandal” landed a 1.3/5 among adults 18-49, which is the show’s best Nielsen number in two-and-a-half months. That figure is 8 percent better than last year’s season finale, when the show posted a 1.2.

The Shondaland drama got 5.4 million total viewers at 10 p.m. last night, 4 percent higher than last year’s 5.2 million overall audience members.

None of that means ABC won primetime, however. CBS finished first outright, and bested the “T.G.I.T.” home by one-tenth of a point in the main demo.

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CBS was first in ratings with a 1.4 rating/6 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 8.3 million, according to preliminary numbers. “The Big Bang Theory” at 8 scored a 2.4/11 and 12.6 million viewers. At 8:30, “Young Sheldon” earned a 1.9/8 and 11.4 million viewers. “Mom” at 9 put up a 1.4/6 and 8.8 million viewers. “Life in Pieces” at 9:30 received a 1.0/4 and 6.3 million viewers. “S.W.A.T.” at 10 closed primetime to a 0.9/4 and 5.3 million viewers.

ABC was second in ratings with a 1.3/6 and in viewers with 5.9 million. “Grey’s Anatomy” at 8 posted a 1.6/7 and 6.9 million viewers. At 9, “Station 19” saw a 1.1/4 and 5.4 million viewers. The “Scandal” conclusion followed.

NBC was third in ratings with a 0.7/3 and in viewers with 3.1 million. “Superstore” at 8 had a 0.8/4 and 2.8 million viewers. At 8:30, “A.P. Bio” managed a 0.6/3 and 1.9 million viewers. Following a rerun, “Champions” at 9:30 settled for a 0.4/2 and 1.7 million viewers. “Chicago Fire” at 10 got a 1.0/4 and 5.2 million viewers.

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Fox was fourth in ratings with a 0.6/3 and in viewers with 2.3 million. “Gotham” at 8 had a 0.6/3 and 2.2 million viewers. At 9, “Showtime at the Apollo” got a 0.6/2 and 2.5 million viewers.

The CW and Univision tied for fifth in ratings, both with a 0.5/2. CW was fifth in total viewers with 1.6 million, Univision was sixth with 1.5 million.

For The CW, “Supernatural” at 8 had a 0.6/3 and 1.8 million viewers. At 9, “Arrow” got a 0.4/2 and 1.3 million viewers. The youngest-skewing broadcast channel’s lineup was preempted in the key New York City market for a Yankees game.

Telemundo was seventh in ratings with a 0.4/2 and in viewers with 1.2 million.

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You think you’re pretty clever, don’t you, Josh Malina? Well, the jokes on you for the very first time, thanks to an elaborate hoax the cast of “Scandal” threw their notorious prankster co-star into — thanks to a little help from Jimmy Kimmel.

When the Shondaland show’s cast appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” following the series finale on Thursday, the host rolled tape of the revenge he helped Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) and Associates pull off on the actor, who plays David Rosen — and is known for being more than a bit of a troublemaker on set.

Kimmel set up Malina to think he and co-star Katie Lowes (who plays Quinn Perkins) were going to surprise a family watching “Scandal,” but little did he know they were actually actors. And he was about to give an elderly woman a “heart attack” by popping a very loud canister of confetti.

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The resulting scene is both horrifying and hilarious — as we know that Nana will be OK, but Malina didn’t. He bends down by her side as they and says, “It was supposed to be a nice surprise, not a horrible surprise!” and wonders why no one told them about her heart condition.

Then, Kimmel comes in with Guillermo Rodriguez and Malina knows what’s up. “That’s the worst thing that anyone has ever done to me! That is the worst that anyone has ever done to anybody!” he says.

Well, thinking he may have killed someone is hopefully enough retribution for all the ways he’s messed with his castmates over the years. Maybe.

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