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Stephen A. Smith derided for implying women provoke domestic violence

A popular ESPN analyst is being highly criticized for comments he made Friday morning about women and what he seemed to imply could be their potential role in domestic violence. In a discussion on “First Take,” Stephen A. Smith seemed to imply that some women are to blame for domestic violence while he debated Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice's two-game suspension under the personal conduct policy for an alleged February altercation between he and his then-fiancée, which ended with her unconscious in an Atlantic City casino elevator.  “Let’s make sure we don’t do anything to provoke wrong actions,” Smith said, apparently addressing women who might become victims of domestic violence. Smith said it is never OK for a man to put his hands on a woman to hurt her but added, “Let’s try to do our part in making sure that doesn’t happen,” he said, apparently to women. Rice “probably” deserves more than a two-game suspension, Smith said. “But at the same time, we also have to make sure...

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Saturday's TV Highlights and Weekend Talk: 'Almost Royal'

Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of July 27 - Aug. 2, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies --------------------   SERIES Cedar Cove In this new episode Olivia and Jack (Andie MacDowell, Dylan Neal) try to derail a bitter custody dispute between Eric and Shelly (Tom Stevens, Hayley Sales) over an unborn child. 8 p.m. Hallmark Bad Teacher It's Meredith's (Ari Graynor) 30th birthday and she has big plans in the first of two back-to-back new episodes. 9 and 9:30 p.m. CBS World War I: The First Modern War Three new episodes of History Channel's documentary miniseries focus on military aircraft, 9 p.m.; chemical weapons, 10 p.m. and submarines, 11 p.m. Nightline Prime This new episode looks at the case of a deadly home invasion that lead to teenagers being charged as adults and sentenced to prison for a murder they maintain they did not commit. 10 p.m. ABC Almost Royal In the season finale the posh Carlton siblings (Ed...

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TV Picks: China, Iraq, Penn & Teller, space cartoon, comic space

"POV: Fallen City" (PBS, Monday); "Frontline: Losing Iraq" (PBS, Tuesday). Two hard-to-watch documentaries set across two separate seas, and each worth your while. I never promised this would just be fun. "Losing Iraq," which premieres this week on the PBS news series "Frontline" and features that series' usual impressive mix of expert and first-person testimony, tracks the state of Iraq from the time of the 2003 invasion through its present descent into civil war — a state of national destabilization the United States undoubtedly did much to bring about and little to prevent; time after time, defeat was snatched from the jaws of victory. On the testimony here, much of the misadventure is due to people in power not listening to those closer to the situation — trusting their gut instead of intel or making foreign policy decisions to satisfy the necessities of American politics. It was Bush's war, certainly, or the war that Donald H. Rumsfeld went out and got him, carried out on a false...

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Join 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine's' Andre Braugher for a video chat Monday

Nobody had to convince us that Andre Braugher could play a law enforcer, not after bringing this guy to life on "Homicide: Life on the Street" for six seasons. But a funny cop? That wasn't necessarily how we pictured the Juilliard-trained actor. Braugher, though, showed a real flair for comedy this year as the by-the-book precinct commander on "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," winning his seventh Emmy nomination -- and first for comedy -- in the process. The 52-year-old actor will be dropping by The Times television studio on Monday at 3:45 p.m. PDT to talk about, among other things, the role, what's in store for the show's second season and whether we might see his character, Capt. Raymond Holt, out on the dance floor again anytime soon. "I did this show because I wanted to broaden my horizons," Braugher told The Times on Emmy nomination morning. "These guys who created the show, Dan [Goor] and Michael [Schur], really know what they're doing, and I've been able to learn something meaningful...

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TV This Week July 27 - Aug. 2: 'The Honorable Woman' on Sundance

Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of July 27 - Aug. 2, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies --------------------   SUNDAY Fission impossible? Not for scientists working on the first atomic bomb at a secret lab in Los Alamos, N.M., during WWII in the new drama "Manhattan." Ashley Zukerman, David Harbour and Daniel Stern star. 6, 7:10 and 9 p.m. WGN America; 8 p.m. KTLA This Belgian doesn't waffle: Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot (David Suchet) is back on the case on a new "Masterpiece Mystery!" 9 p.m. KOCE It's kill or be kilt when "Bannockburn: The Real Bravehearts" recalls a key battle in the First War of Scottish Independence. 9 p.m. National Geographic Some like it cold, but others, not so much, in two new series "Ice Lake Rebels" and "Escaping Alaska." 10 p.m. Animal Planet; 10 p.m. TLC MONDAY "Running Wild With Bear Grylls" has the outdoorsman paired with stars like Zac Efron and Channing Tatum for a series of...

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Friday's TV Highlights: 'Crossbones' on NBC

Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of July 20 - 26, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies -------------------- SERIES Crossbones There's little love for Lowe (Richard Coyle) in Santa Compana, and it could get much worse as Nenna (Tracy Ifeachor) intends to escape. Peter Stebbings and John Malkovich also star. 10 p.m. NBC Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives In this new episode host Guy Fieri visits the Starling Diner in Long Beach, for the pot roast and scones. 10 p.m. Food The Almighty Johnsons In this new episode Axl (Emmett Skilton) woos a librarian (Antonia Prebble) who claims to be Frigg, but it turns out, that's true when she is playing a Norse-themed online game. Jared Turner also stars. 10 p.m. Syfy SPECIALS Colin & Brad: Two Man Group This  special is an additional showcase for the improv comics Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood. 9 p.m. KTLA MOVIES Afternoon Delight A frustrated stay-at-home mom (Kathryn Hahn) who takes her...

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Go Comic-Con with 'Grimm,' 'Orphan Black,' 'Game of Thrones'

Comic-Con begins on Thursday, and what was once a celebration of graphic novels and the films that loved them is now also a celebration of all sorts of terrific television. If you can’t make it to San Diego this weekend, or even if you can, it’s a good time to catch up on, or introduce yourself to, some of the headlining shows. "Grimm." Who’d have thought a show exploring an alternative world of mythical creatures called Wesen and the humans who see them, the Grimms, could end in a wedding. And yet, that’s what happened in this year’s season finale, along with a lot of other crazy great — the birth of a purple-eyed baby, the emergence of a hip young female Grimm, a plotting royal family — stuff. A little scary for younger kids, but as family friendly as a monster tale can get. NBC.com "Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." Never before has a television show attempted to be both part of and separate from a film franchise, providing the connective tissue between blockbusters. If you missed...

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Portia de Rossi joins 'Scandal'; Ellen DeGeneres breaks news on Twitter

"Scandal" fans will be seeing a new face when the series returns on Sept. 25: Portia de Rossi is joining the cast for a super-secret story arc, according to her publicist. "Scandal," starting its fourth season, left off with Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) flying off with Jake (Scott Foley) next to her, leaving behind her longtime lover, Fitz (Tony Goldwyn). The news on De Rossi first broke when her wife, Ellen DeGeneres, tweeted: "So annoying when people brag on twitter & that's why I'm not tweeting that Portia just signed on to do a top secret arc on "Scandal". Oops." "Scandal," by executive producer Shonda Rhimes, returns to ABC in its usual time slot, Thursday at 9 p.m., between Rhimes' previous hit "Grey's Anatomy" and her new series, "How to Get Away with Murder."

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Thursday's TV Highlights: 'Project Runway' on Lifetime

Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of July 20 - 26, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies -------------------- SERIES Black Box The drama ends its season with a two-hour episode where Catherine (Kelly Reilly) starts exhibiting strange behavior, but refuses to check into a hospital. 8 p.m. ABC Hell's Kitchen The two finalists (Jason Zepaltas and Scott Commings) much each prepare five dishes for five of Los Angeles' top chefs, with the winner getting the grand prize, head chef at a Gordon Ramsay restaurant. 8 p.m. Fox Project Runway Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn return, along with judges Nina Garcia and Zac Posen. In the two-part season premiere viewers are introduced to the 19 designers competing for the 16 spots in the series, then the winnowing-down begins. 8 and 9 p.m. Lifetime Welcome to Sweden Amy Poehler guest stars as herself on her brother Greg's comedy in this new episode. Aubrey Plaza, also appearing as herself....

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'Gun Hill' with Larenz Tate aims to be BET's next drama hit

BET scored this year when it launched its first original scripted drama, "Being Mary Jane," starring Gabrielle Union as a popular cable TV personality with no shortage of personal and professional difficulties. Now the network is moving forward with a possible new entry in its drama arena — "Gun Hill," a gritty cop drama featuring Larenz Tate ("Dead Presidents"), who plays identical twins on opposite sides of life and the law. Reggie Rock Bythewood ("New York Undercover," "Get On The Bus") wrote and directed the pilot, which premiered this month and will be repeated Thursday. In the film, Bird, a con, assumes the identity of his twin brother, a policeman named Trane, when he is killed. In taking on his brother's identity, Bird hopes for redemption. Said Bythewood, "There is a central question here — can someone who is not redeemable be redeemed? What makes us good? What makes us bad?"

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Stephen Colbert's 'Late Show' will stay in New York City

It's not really a surprise, but it's official anyway: "Late Show With Stephen Colbert" is staying in the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City. When Colbert takes over from David Letterman sometime next year, the production will remain in the space that Letterman has called home for the last 21 years. New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and CBS President and Chief Executive Les Moonves made the announcement Wednesday, ensuring that about 200 jobs related to the show would stay in NYC. "Les Moonves and CBS have made the right decision in choosing to continue investing in New York, and as David Letterman passes the baton to Stephen Colbert, I look forward to watching 'The Late Show' from the historic Ed Sullivan Theater for years to come," Cuomo said in a statement. While Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti had urged CBS to bring "Late Show" to L.A. in April, to counterbalance the loss of "The Tonight Show" to New York, no one really expected "Late Show" to switch coasts. Colbert has been a...

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Jon Stewart launches mock Kickstarter to buy CNN

Jon Stewart has been a longtime critic of CNN, but when he heard the possibility that the cable news outlet might be put up for sale one day soon, he couldn't resist the opportunity to imagine what it might look like under his control.  On Tuesday's "Daily Show," Stewart addressed 21st Century Fox CEO Rupert Murdoch's $80 billion takeover bid for Time Warner, the company that owns CNN. While the proposal was rejected by Time Warner's board of directors, there was much media speculation that Murdoch wouldn't give up that easily. And if he owned Time Warner, he'd most likely sell CNN, since it would compete with his own Fox News. The possibility of CNN for sale? Stewart's mind reeled. But to make things clear, the site he launched, www.LetsBuyCNN.com, may look like a Kickstarter page, but "The Daily Show" isn't actually soliciting any money from its viewers. Stewart and company don't actually think they're going to reach their stated goal of $10 billion. The website does allow you to...

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