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The Church of Scientology announced on Twitter that it will launch a TV network Monday night.

The church on Sunday announced plans to premiere the Scientology Network with content on DirectTV, Scientology.tv, Apple TV, Roku, FireTV, iTunes and Google Play.

The Twitter page offers the first glimpse of what’s to come, including a website that is not yet up and running:

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(Damon Winter / Los Angeles Times)

My proudest thing in my career is that I was able to change it three times. And I'm happy about that. I couldn't have done the same thing my whole life, I would've gone nuts.

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"Stranger Things" creators Ross Duffer and Matt Duffer in February.
"Stranger Things" creators Ross Duffer and Matt Duffer in February. (Robyn Beck / AFP/Getty Images)

An investigation by Netflix found no evidence of wrongdoing on the set of “Stranger Things” after a crew member alleged on social media that “two men in high positions of power” — presumably the show’s creators, the Duffer brothers — sought out and verbally abused female staff members.

“We looked into the concern that was raised when we heard of the allegation on Thursday,” a Netflix spokesperson said in an emailed statement on Saturday, “and found no wrongdoing.”

The allegations, which were posted to Instagram by Peyton Brown, who has worked as a grip on the show, presumably referred to Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer. The accusations were first reported by Deadline.

Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson star in ABC's "black-ish."
Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson star in ABC's "black-ish." (Nicole Wilder / ABC)

An episode of  ABC’s “black-ish” was yanked from this season’s lineup after the show’s creator, Kenya Barris, and  the network were unable to come to an agreement over how the episode handled certain social issues.

“Given our creative differences, neither ABC nor I were happy with the direction of the episode and mutually agreed not to air it,” Barris said in a statement.

An ABC representative echoed that sentiment: “One of the things that has always made ‘black-ish’ so special is how it deftly examines delicate social issues in a way that simultaneously entertains and educates. However, on this episode, there were creative differences we were unable to resolve.”

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I set off on a path 20 years ago to do this, knowing the likely outcome was failure, or at least a middling existence. Anybody who tells you they deserve anything in this career is delusional. I wake up every day and wonder, 'What did I do in a past life to have all this craziness happen to me?'

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Kristen Wiig is joining the upcoming "Wonder Woman" sequel as the villain Cheetah.
Kristen Wiig is joining the upcoming "Wonder Woman" sequel as the villain Cheetah. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

The “Wonder Woman” sequel has found its villain, and fans are left wondering whether the Amazonian princess will be able to measure up to a former “Bridesmaid.”

Director Patty Jenkins confirmed Friday that Kristen Wiig, star of “Saturday Night Live” and “Bridesmaids,” has signed on to play Cheetah in the upcoming film. 

“So excited to confirm the most thrilling news,” Jenkins tweeted. “Yes! It’s true! So incredibly lucky to welcome the sensationally talented Kristen Wiig to our Wonder Woman family.

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Kobe Bryant was always clutch under pressure on the court, but even the unflappable former NBA star got a case of the nerves at the Oscars.

The ex-Laker took home the Academy Award for animated short (with collaborator Glen Keane) on Sunday for his film “Dear Basketball” and stopped by “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Thursday to discuss his win.

“I thought it was going to be easier,” Bryant admitted when asked how the stress of the situation compared to taking a last-minute shot, “because you’re not in control.”

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Ain’t nothing like home 🙏🏼. I love y’all - WLR

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Rapper-businessman Rick Ross has finally addressed a health scare that landed him in the hospital last week. 

“Ain’t nothing like home,” he wrote Thursday on Instagram, posting a photo of himself with one hand against a concrete block wall and the other wrapped around a bottle of a rosé Champagne that he promotes.

“I love y’all,” he said, including a praying-hands emoji and signing it “WLR,” the initials for his given name, William Leonard Roberts II.

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(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

I really just like characters who you don't know where they stand for a long while. It's like people. You hang out with them for 10 years, and then all of a sudden they do something and you say, 'Who are you?' That's more interesting, in life and on-screen.

O.J. Simpson in 1997.
O.J. Simpson in 1997. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

O.J. Simpson pauses from describing the moments before his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman were murdered. He shakes his head and looks away from the camera, bringing a hand up to his forehead.

“I really can’t do more of this,” he says, repeatedly, as he approaches the more gruesome details of what happened that night. 

Simpson was speaking to Judith Regan in a 2006 interview that Fox said was “lost” on the network’s lot and will be the subject of a Fox special, “O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession?” During the discussion, Simpson gives what the network describes as a “hypothetical account” and “disturbing” details about the night of the slayings.