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Week in Review & This Week in Entertainment: April 20

‘Furious 8′ to Debut April 14, 2017
“Furious 8″ will hit theaters April 14, 2017, Vin Diesel confirmed at Universal’s CinemaCon panel in Las Vegas on Thursday.

‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Patrick Dempsey Officially Leaving After 11 Seasons
The doctor is officially out. Patrick Dempsey is leaving “Grey’s Anatomy” after 11 seasons on the Emmy-winning medical drama.

‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ Actor Sawyer Sweeten Dies of Suicide
Sawyer Sweeten, an actor best known for his role as one of the young twins on hit sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond,” died of a suicide on Thursday, his manager Dino May confirmed. He was 19.

Ben Affleck Apologizes for PBS Slavery Censorship: ‘I Was Embarrassed’
An “embarrassed” Ben Affleck admitted on Tuesday that he tried to conceal his slave-owning ancestors from the PBS documentary series “Finding Your Roots” after the disclosure was made earlier this week in hacked Sony emails.

‘Full House’ Reunion on Netflix Is Officially Happening
It’s official –“Full House” will return to television for a 13-episode sequel on Netflix in 2016, the streaming service confirmed.

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This Week in Entertainment 1997

Though Ellen DeGeneres came out as gay earlier in the year on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” her character on her popular ABC sitcom “Ellen” waited until April 30, 1997, to realize she was a lesbian and to come out. “The Puppy Episode” was a huge ratings hit, despite protests from advertisers and religious groups. “Ellen” was renewed for another season, but the network insisted on preceding each episode with a parental advisory warning, and did not return for a sixth season.

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