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Actor George Clooney on the set of "ER" in 1996. The long-running NBC series is now available to stream on Hulu.
Actor George Clooney on the set of "ER" in 1996. The long-running NBC series is now available to stream on Hulu. (Kirk McCoy)

There’s a whole lotta George Clooney coming to Hulu with the actor making his return to TV in a new limited series for the streaming service and his last TV go-round, “ER,” joining the streaming ranks.

Hulu has officially confirmed a full series order for a TV adaptation of Joseph Heller’s 1961 satirical antiwar novel “Catch-22,” starring Clooney as Col. Cathcart.

The series marks Clooney’s first TV series regular role since he departed NBC’s medical drama, “ER,” nearly two decades ago.

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A first look image from Season 2 of "The Handmaid's Tale," which moves beyond the story told in the Margaret Atwood novel.
A first look image from Season 2 of "The Handmaid's Tale," which moves beyond the story told in the Margaret Atwood novel. (Hulu)

Blessed be a premiere date for “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

Hulu announced Sunday that Season 2 of its acclaimed drama will premiere April 25 with two new episodes. And it’s moderation from there, with Hulu sticking with its weekly release strategy and rolling out subsequent episodes every Wednesday.

The first season of the drama, an adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel, ended with Offred (Elisabeth Moss) pregnant and being whisked away in a van — her future uncertain. In turn, a central theme of the 13-episode second season, which moves past its source material, will be motherhood, with Offred determined to shield her future child from the horrors of Gilead. 

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I'm in the business of trying to achieve something wonderful, and so you use all of your wit and courage and mind and try to make it special. I mean, that's what art is — that's what people come to movies or the theater for, to see something special.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Norma Dearest

Michelle Williams, left, and Mark Wahlberg in "All The Money in the World."
Michelle Williams, left, and Mark Wahlberg in "All The Money in the World." (Fabio Lovino / Sony-TriStar Pictures)

In the wake of a controversy sparked by reports that Mark Wahlberg earned roughly $1.5 million for reshoots on the set of "All the Money in the World" while costar Michelle Williams was paid only a fraction of that amount, Wahlberg and the agency that represents him, William Morris Endeavor, announced Saturday that they would be donating $2 million to Time's Up, a legal defense fund set up to combat inequality and harassment in Hollywood.

"Over the last few days, my reshoot fee for All the Money in the World has become an important topic of conversation," Wahlberg said in a statement obtained by the Los Angeles Times. "I 100 percent 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."

WME, which also represents Williams, announced that it would be donating $500,000 to Time's Up.

James Cameron
James Cameron (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)

Hours after actress Eliza Dushku came forward in a Facebook post alleging she was sexually assaulted by a stunt coordinator on the 1994 James Cameron film “True Lies,” the prolific director praised her bravery.

Cameron attended the Television Critics Assn. winter press tour in Pasadena on Saturday to discuss his installment of the recurring “AMC Visionaries” series. But the conversation took a more serious turn when he was asked about Dushku’s Facebook post published early Saturday morning that detailed alleged misconduct by the film’s stunt coordinator, Joel Kramer, when she was 12.  Kramer denied the allegations in a statement to Deadline.

“I haven’t given a lot of thought to this specific situation,” Cameron, who wrote and directed the 1994 film, told reporters. “I just heard about it. But I mean, obviously, Eliza is very brave for speaking up, and I think all the women are that are speaking out and calling for a reckoning now.”

Had I known about it, there would have been no mercy.

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Show business, especially television, is really about luck a lot of the time. To be on a show like 'Seinfeld' in one lifetime is very lucky. To have more than that? A lot of times it's not possible and it's OK. It's not a curse.

Anyone wondering if the black-dress blackout of Sunday night’s Golden Globes was going to continue through the entire awards season only had four nights to ponder the possibility. That’s because the stars descending on Santa Monica’s Barker Hangar on Thursday seemed to put the issue to rest, some hitting the arrivals blue (yes, blue) carpet in white and off-white dresses, others in pale shades of pink or purple and some enthusiastically embracing bright, bold colors. Best supporting actress winner Allison Janney was in a blue Michael Cinco number, and Nicole Kidman wore a fuchsia frock from Valentino, to name just two.

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.

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.