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Join 'So You Think You Can Dance' host Cat Deeley for a chat Tuesday

"So You Think You Can Dance" host Cat Deeley recently received her fourth consecutive Emmy nomination for reality show host, and we know at least one fellow nominee who's rooting for her to win.

We're guessing he's not the only one either. Deeley will be dropping by The Times' studio on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. PDT to talk about the show and the Emmys, and we'll probably ask her about throwing out the first pitch at a Dodgers game not long ago too. (Fastball? Curve? Did she get any advice from Clayton Kershaw?)

As for the Emmys, Deeley recently told The Times that her show, which received seven nominations this year (that makes it 42 for its run), has its core fans -- as well as a group of people totally unaware of its presence on the TV schedule.

"I always say our show is completely polarizing," Deeley said. "You either have people who have no idea that we even exist or people that are completely infatuated by the show and love it and don’t miss an episode."

She added that she doesn't...

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Join a live chat with 'Fargo's' Colin Hanks on Tuesday

Much of the action in the celebrated miniseries "Fargo" pivots on a first episode scene in which Gus Grimly, Colin Hanks' single-dad deputy, pulls over Billy Bob Thornton's mysterious Malvo and then, after some major intimidation, lets him go, a decision that results in numerous people (most of them bad, but still ...) losing their lives.

Hanks will be stopping by The Times' television studio Tuesday at 11 a.m. PDT to talk about "Fargo," Gus' choice and the show's reception, which, Hanks told us last month, has been "rather overwhelming."

As to the key early moment in the miniseries, Hanks says Gus' actions were understandable at the time.

"That scene is about what Gus is doing and not doing," Hanks told The Times. "It's a very relatable scenario — he's frightened for himself and his daughter, he wants to protect her, so the best thing to do is nothing. But although technically he did the right thing, the rest of the series revolves around him living with that guilt. In the eyes of...

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'True Blood' recap: Time running out for vampire Bill?

With the deadly hepatitis V virus spreading rapidly through his veins, vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) tries to put his affairs in order on “Karma,” Episode 76 of HBO’s “True Blood.”

Bill wants to leave everything to his progeny, Jessica Hamby (Deborah Ann Woll). But he receives discouraging news from attorney Madeline Kapnek (Kathleen York).

Under Louisiana law, Bill can’t simply pass his estate to Jessica. He could adopt her, but that might take up to a year. The solution? Pay $10 million and expedite the process.

“Are you trying to extort me?” Bill asks, calling Madeline a greedy “vulture.” He abruptly ends the appointment by stabbing Madeline in the throat and leaving her to die.

When Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) learns about Bill’s condition, she immediately goes to a clinic for a hep-V test. The results are devastating.

“I did this to him,” Sookie tearfully tells Jessica. “I didn’t know. I didn’t mean to!”

Sookie’s brother Jason (Ryan Kwanten) is also in turmoil. He’s fallen...

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'Masters of Sex' recap: What's a man? Bill reveals traumatic past

The question of what it means to be a man -- or a boy -- dramatically plays out in a hotel suite, operating room and boxing ring on “Fight,” Episode 203 of Showtime’s “Masters of Sex.”

When he’s not researching human sexual response, Dr. William Masters (Michael Sheen) delivers babies. All goes well initially as he helps Francine Bombeck (Sarah Sido) give birth. Then a nurse makes a startling discovery.

Although genetically a boy, the child has male and female genitalia.

Francine remains positive, saying she and her husband, Nate (Josh Randall), always wanted a boy. But Nate is embarrassed and mad about his son’s rare condition.

“You think I wanted that?” he angrily asks. “Something you’d pay a nickel to see on the boardwalk in Atlantic City?”

Scorning Bill’s advice to contact a specialist, Nate jumps to a rash conclusion.

“He’ll never be a man,” the father insists. “So cut it off!”

“You’re going to take some time to become informed -- let your mouth catch up with your mind,” Bill...

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'The Strain' recap: So many worms, so little time

FX really wanted to make an impression in marketing its first true genre series, Guillermo del Toro’s “The Strain,” so executives went with a stunning visual image on billboards in New York and Los Angeles.

Two words: eye worm.

The ads, showing a thin, white worm coming out of a human eyeball, so wigged out some commuters that the cable network took the giant ads down and replaced them with slightly less disturbing artwork. (The original image, now a controversy-stoked calling card, can still be found on the Web and elsewhere).

Del Toro and show runner Carlton Cuse later explained to reporters during a conference call that the people who got twitchy and took to social media to vent likely weren’t the show’s target audience anyway.

It’s probably best to have scared those folks away early, at least in advance of Episode 3, because the invertebrate-carried virus takes center stage in the most visceral way. So, so many worms! The surviving pilot of Regis Flight 753 is literally crawling...

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Monday's TV Highlights: 'Running Wild With Bear Grylls' on NBC

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Running Wild With Bear Grylls Zac Efron embarks on a survival journey into the Northeast Appalachian mountain range in this new series' first one-on-one celebrity encounter with the adventuresome Grylls. 8 p.m. NBC

The Bachelorette The moment of truth arrives for Andi in the season finale, with her field of suitors down to the last two (Josh, and Nick). Chris Harrison hosts. 8 p.m. ABC. "The Bachelorette: After the Final Rose" follows at 10.

MasterChef The top-12 cooks prepare romantic dinners for couples celebrating anniversaries, including Gordon Ramsay and his wife. 8 p.m. Fox

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Guy Fieri meets a couple of cooking celebrities in Lone Star State, where Matthew McConaughey cooks a killer chicken casserole and then former football star Earl Campbell shares his Hot Link...

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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 Rice and his then-fiancee, 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'

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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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Watch: Live chat with 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine's' Andre Braugher

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

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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

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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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