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Season 18

This is the first season not to feature Jesse Williams, Giacomo Gianniotti, and Greg Germann as series regulars since the seventh, twelfth, and sixteenth seasons, respectively. The season marked the return of Kate Walsh as Addison Montgomery for three episodes, after her last appearance on the season 8 episode "If/Then". On January 10, 2022, ABC renewed the series for a nineteenth season.[5]

Season 18

The number in the "No. overall" column refers to the episode's number within the overall series, whereas the number in the "No. in season" column refers to the episode's number within this particular season. "U.S. viewers in millions" refers to the number of Americans in millions who watched the episodes live.

Kim Raver, Camilla Luddington, and Kevin McKidd each signed a three-year contract in July 2020 keeping them attached to the series through a potential nineteenth season to portray Dr. Teddy Altman, Dr. Jo Wilson, and Dr. Owen Hunt, respectively.[27][60] The series remaining three original actors Ellen Pompeo, Chandra Wilson, and James Pickens, Jr., who portray Dr. Meredith Grey, Dr. Miranda Bailey, and Dr. Richard Webber, respectively, were all confirmed to be returning for the season.[61] Pompeo signed a one-year contract for her return receiving over US$575,000 per episode and also making her the highest paid actress on broadcast television.[62][63][64] Her contract also allows her to retain a producer credit on the series as well as co-executive producer credit on Station 19.[1] Wilson and Pickens reportedly received a significant pay increase from their previous contracts.[65] Giacomo Gianniotti, Jesse Williams, and Greg Germann did not return as series regulars to portray Dr. Andrew DeLuca, Dr. Jackson Avery, and Dr. Tom Koracick, respectively, after departing in the previous season.[66][67][68] Meanwhile, Scott Speedman was added to the main cast as Dr. Nick Marsh, a character he had previously portrayed in the fourteenth season as a guest star.[69]

Former series regular Kate Walsh, who also headlined her own spin-off series entitled Private Practice from 2007 until 2013, returned to the series in a recurring capacity.[70] Walsh, who portrays the character Dr. Addison Montgomery, returned in the third episode, "Hotter Than Hell", and had last guest starred in the eighth season episode "If/Then" in 2012.[71][72] She then appeared in "With a Little Help From My Friends", the episode that immediately followed; and again in Should I Stay or Should I Go".[73][74][75] Despite his departure in the seventeenth season, it was reported that Germann was expected to return in later seasons as a guest star[76] which he later did, reprising his role in "Bottle Up and Explode!"[77] and once more in "Legacy."[78] Richard Flood departed as a series regular after the tenth episode of the season, "Living in a House Divided"; Flood was first introduced as a recurring character during the sixteenth season and was promoted to the main cast beginning with the seventeenth.[79] Williams, who previously departed alongside Germann, stated in an interview that he would be open to returning during the season as well.[80] In April 2022 it was confirmed that Williams would return to the series in the season finale alongside former co-star Sarah Drew.[81] Drew portrayed Dr. April Kepner beginning in the sixth season and held the role for nine seasons, eight as a series regular, before departing in the fourteenth season, and briefly returning in the previous season for Williams' departure.[82]

At the 2nd Hollywood Critics Association TV Awards the season received a nomination for Best Broadcast Network Series, Drama.[90][91] This award was ultimately won by This Is Us.[92] The season was also awarded The ReFrame Stamp,[93] a certification given to scripted television productions that hire "women or individuals of other underrepresented gender identities/expressions [...] in four out of eight key roles including writer, director, producer, lead, co-leads, and department heads."[94]

The eighteenth season of Grey's Anatomy was announced on May 10, 2021. It aired on Thursday nights at 9/8c starting September 30, 2021. Krista Vernoff continued to serve as showrunner on both Grey's Anatomy and Station 19.[1]

Ellen Pompeo had the idea to sprinkle Easter eggs referencing back to the history of the show throughout the episodes of the season. The following section bundles all the Easter eggs sorted by episode.

Season 18 of Doctor Who ran from 30 August 1980 to 21 March 1981. It starred Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor, Lalla Ward as Romana II, John Leeson as K9 Mark II, Matthew Waterhouse as Adric, Sarah Sutton as Nyssa and Janet Fielding as Tegan Jovanka. The season opened with The Leisure Hive and concluded with Logopolis.

It was the last season of the original series to have an autumn-to-spring broadcast schedule and the last to have an autumn start until Season 23. After this season, the number of episodes per season began to decline, after a relatively stable episode count for the whole of the 1970s. The season took a two week transmission break over the 1980 Christmas period, between the broadcast of part four of State of Decay and part one of Warriors' Gate, making it the last to do so.

From Full Circle onwards, the season featured a story arc involving E-Space and the return of the Master who had stolen a new body rather than regenerate. The stories were darker and more adult in tone than those during the Graham Williams era. They also attempted to emphasise science, much to the satisfaction of both script editor Christopher H. Bidmead and executive producer Barry Letts. (REF: The Fourth Doctor Handbook)

Notably, this season revolves around the theme of entropy, linking together all of its stories in a rare phenomenon for the show (while other story arcs would be linked together via people, objects, etc, the use of an overarching theme for a season was unprecedented). This theme would eventually foreshadow and culminate in the Doctor's regeneration at the end of the season.

From a ratings standpoint, it sits right at the very nadir of Doctor Who history. It is easily the worst-ranked season of Doctor Who, with 17 of its 28 episodes outside of the top 100 shows. Indeed, the 9 lowest-charting episodes in Doctor Who history come from this season. Full Circle's second episode remains the worst-charting episode of Doctor Who. Its paltry 3.70 million viewers were only good enough for what was, even by the season's low standard, an extremely anaemic 170th place during the week of 1 November 1980.[1] In terms of pure ratings, as opposed to ranking, it was not quite the worst of the lot, with all four seasons after the 1985-86 hiatus faring worse in this regard. But it was easily the least-watched Tom Baker season, with an average of only 5.8 million Britons watching each episode. (REF: The Fourth Doctor Handbook) The decline in ratings has been attributed to direct competition from ITV. The first half of the season was up against Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, an American import with considerably better production values. (INFO: Full Circle)

All serials of season 18 were released individually on DVD between 2004 and 2011. The complete season was upscaled in 1080i50 high definition and released on Blu-ray as Doctor Who: The Collection - Season 18 in the UK on 18 March 2019. Due to authoring issues, BBC Video released replacement discs for this set.

Now in its 18th season, Grey's Anatomy has become one of ABC's longest-running shows, with the medical drama picking up multiple Emmys over its 16-year run, while countless cast members have come and gone.

Speaking of cast members, season 18 will see a number of stars return to Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital in the upcoming series, including Kate Walsh as Addison Montgomery, Greg Germann as Thomas Koracick and even Kate Burton as Meredith's late mother Ellis.

If you want to catch up with earlier seasons (or have a marathon rewatch), Grey's Anatomy seasons one through to 16 are available to stream on both Disney Plus and Amazon Prime Video (as of November 2021).

At least two popular actors will not be returning season: Jesse Williams (Dr Jackson Avery) is moving on to new projects after a 12-year stint on the show, while Giacomo Gianniotti (Dr Andrew DeLuca) has also departed the series.

Also returning to the cast in season 18 is Abigail Spencer, who is reprising her role as Dr. Megan Hunt, as well as Kate Walsh, who played fan favourite Dr. Addison Montgomery from 2005 until 2012 on Grey's and its spin-off series Private Practice.

Meanwhile, Scott Speedman, who guest-starred as Nick Marsh in season 14, has joined the cast as a series regular for season 18. In the season premiere, Meredith bumps into Nick Marsh whilst opening a library dedicated to her mother in Minnesota and goes for a drink with him.

In the second half of the season, Rome Flynn has also been cast as Wendell Ndugu, the brother of Winston, while Skylar Astin portrays Todd Eames, an environmental sciences expert.

Flood's exit comes after last season saw exits for three series regulars in the form of Giacomo Gianniotti (Dr Andrew DeLuca), Jesse Williams (Dr Jackson Avery) and Greg Germann (Dr Tom Koracick) - although Germann and Williams have since returned as a guest stars.

Miranda Bailey struggled to keep the residency program running throughout this season, as she dealt with a severe physician shortage, injuries on her staff, and some of her surgeons leaving to pursue other jobs.

During the blood shortage at Grey-Sloan, Levi tried to donate blood but cannot due to dated regulations preventing a man who recently had sex with another man from doing so. He ends the season trying to advocate for that rule to change.

The duet rounds are the ultimate test of the stability and harmony of an artist within a duet. Like previous seasons, contestants were required to assemble into gender neutral duets of one or more. Those who failed to assemble a duet of one or more, were instantly disqualified due to the one person rule. Duets who gave a quality performance advanced on to the next round. However, duets or certain duet members that didn't perform to a good enough extent, were cut from the competition. 041b061a72

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