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Dan Harmon used the most recent episode of his podcast to issue an extensive apology to former "Community" writer Megan Ganz.
Dan Harmon used the most recent episode of his podcast to issue an extensive apology to former "Community" writer Megan Ganz. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

Another popular television creator was accused of sexual harassment last week, but this time the story has a slightly different ending: a “masterclass in How to Apologize.”

After being taken to task on Twitter, “Community” creator Dan Harmon made a detailed and lengthy apology to “Community” writer Megan Ganz for his inappropriate behavior during her time on the NBC series. 

On the most recent episode of his podcast “Harmontown,” Harmon spoke for seven minutes about his treatment of Ganz.

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Keanu Reeves stars as John Wick in "John Wick."
Keanu Reeves stars as John Wick in "John Wick." (David Lee / MCT)

Continuing the cross-pollinating nature of film and TV, Starz announced Friday it is developing “The Continental,” a drama series spun out of the action-movie franchise “John Wick.”

“The Continental” centers on the Los Angeles hotel of the same name that serves as a haven for assassins in the films starring Keanu Reeves. Reeves is an executive producer and plans to appear — but not star — in the series.

No premiere date has been announced, and it’s unclear where the series will pick up in relation to the timelines of the two films. Speaking to open the Starz panels at the Television Critics Assn. press tour on Friday, network Chief Executive Chris Albrecht said “The Continental” and the movies will exist side by side.

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Ludacris and Carrie Underwood.
Ludacris and Carrie Underwood. (Robyn Beck / AFP / Getty Images, left; Michael Loccisano / Getty Images, right)

Sure, Pink is slated to sing the national anthem on Super Bowl Sunday, but Carrie Underwood and Ludacris will kick off the show with a video for “The Champion,” a new song that also will be the anthem for this year’s Winter Olympics.

“When we were writing ‘The Champion,’ our main focus was to celebrate athletes at the top of their game, but we also wanted the song to resonate with people in their everyday lives,” Underwood said in a statement from NBC, which will broadcast the Winter Games from South Korea starting Feb. 9 as well as Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4.

Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges, who is featured on the track, and Underwood, the face and voice of NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” for the past five seasons, wrote the song with Brett James and Chris DeStefano. 

Hollywood’s biggest talent congregated in an airplane hangar Thursday night for the Broadcast Critics Assn.'s 23rd annual Critics’ Choice Awards.

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California Sen. Dianne Feinstein found herself immortalized in song Thursday night, thanks to a nasty new nickname from President Trump.

The president derided Feinstein on Wednesday after the senator disclosed details of a dossier of allegations about Trump's ties with Russia during his campaign.

But “Late Night With Seth Meyers” did not share the president’s consternation over Feinstein’s actions, instead celebrating the senator through a John Mellencamp-esque song, "Sneaky Dianne.”

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Patty Hearst.
Patty Hearst. (Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images)

Fox has pulled the planned film based on the 2016 book “American Heiress” by Jeffrey Toobin that chronicles the 1974 kidnapping of heiress-actress Patricia Hearst. The move comes after Hearst, inspired by the #MeToo movement and Time’s Up demonstrations at the recent Golden Globe Awards, publicly decried the film and unauthorized biography. 

“Twentieth Century Fox Film and its production partners have decided to cancel the studio’s planned project based on the book American Heiress,’ ” the studio said Thursday in a statement.

Earlier that day, in a statement of her own issued through her daughter Lydia Hearst’s publicist, Patty Hearst noted that the book “cites one of my kidnappers as its main source, romanticizes my rape and torture and calls my abduction a ‘rollicking adventure.’ ”

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If someone has not seen you do it before, they assume that you can't do it. I think that they forget that actors are people that act.

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Ellen DeGeneres’ Montecito neighbor Oprah Winfrey became a special correspondent on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Wednesday, reporting from the site of their community in central California.

DeGeneres FaceTimed with Winfrey for an episode that aired Thursday, and the daytime TV queens discussed the storms that pounded the coastal community this week and the subsequent mudslides that have claimed 17 lives.

Montecito was still recovering from December’s catastrophic Thomas fire, the largest wildfire in the state’s modern history, which left it and the surrounding area vulnerable to devastating mudslides that wiped out homes and buried the 101 Freeway.

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It may seem surprising now, but Ben Whishaw wasn’t supposed to play Paddington.

Eric Clapton, seen performing at the Forum in September 2017, opened up about his health in a new BBC interview.
Eric Clapton, seen performing at the Forum in September 2017, opened up about his health in a new BBC interview. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

Rock legend Eric Clapton has admitted that he’s struggling with hearing loss, according to a new interview with the BBC.

Clapton said that the issue is one of several maladies he’s dealing with as he continues to tour into his 70s.

“I mean, I'm going deaf, I've got tinnitus, my hands just about work,” he said. “I'm hoping that people will come along and see me just because, or maybe more than because, I'm a curiosity. I know that is part of it, because it's amazing to myself I'm still here.”