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Colin Hanks talks 'Fargo' and making new friends in Calgary

What do you do if you're Colin Hanks and you're in Calgary shooting "Fargo" and you really want to see the season finale of "True Detective" but you don't have HBO?

That's one of many things we discussed with the newly minted Emmy nominee when he dropped by The Times recently to talk about the celebrated FX miniseries. Hanks won a supporting actor nod for his nuanced turn as Gus Grimly, the Duluth deputy that began the season as a rather hapless character ("I kept looking for the wins," Hanks says) and ended the show on a rather triumphant note.

But back to that "True Detective" dilemma. Hanks had watched most of the HBO series back home in Los Angeles. When he returned to Calgary to finish filming "Fargo," he needed to find out how things sorted out in the psychosphere. So he took to Twitter, asking strangers if they had a plus-one in their living room.

"I had a couple of different offers and I sort of vetted them all," Hanks says. "And I found a couple -- Sarah and Josiah -- they...

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Cat Deeley dishes on 'Dance,' romance and questions from 'mum'

"So You Think You Can Dance" host Cat Deeley dropped by The Times recently, and the four-time Emmy nominee took your questions — and, apparently her mum's — during a lively conversation.

Deeley dished on the show's future (executive producer Nigel Lythgoe recently hinted that, unless the ratings hold, this could be its last season) as well as filling us in on how her husband won her over and why she picks out every outfit, every "suit of armor," she wears on "Dance."

"No one knows how you wake up in the morning better than you do," Deeley says. "And some days I can rock a black leather minidress and feel a bit like Debbie Harry, and some days I want something that's feminine or floaty and some days I want something that's easy, and it won't change my performance, but it definitely helps it."

Deeley also cleared up why she always looks a bit "gianty" on the show (a result of her 5-foot-9 frame and heels as well as tired dancers being out of breath after they perform) and how she...

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Talking TV: Chat about Halle Berry's sci-fi drama 'Extant'

Halle Berry is back from space, but she didn't come back alone in the new CBS science-fiction drama.

The series, executive produced by Steven Spielberg, has seeimingly everything: an Oscar-winning movie star, a robot boy, a possible alien baby, holograms, mystery, nifty gadgets and a hint of forbidden (i.e. alien) romance.

So what does Times TV critic Mary McNamara think? Join Mary, staff writer Patrick Kevin Day and Reader Engagement Editor Michelle Maltais right here for an in-depth discussion of the slick summer entertainment at noon Pacific on Wednesday.

Tweet your questions/comments to #asklatimes.

Follow me on Twitter: @patrickkevinday

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ESPN's Stephen A. Smith suspended a week over domestic violence speech

Stephen A. Smith will be suspended from ESPN for about a week effective immediately, the cable sports giant announced Tuesday.

In a statement released to the media, ESPN said, "Smith will not appear on 'First Take' or ESPN Radio for the next week. He will return to ESPN next Wed."

The suspension comes just days after Smith made controversial on-air comments about domestic violence that led to an outcry from many quarters, including Smith's ESPN colleague Michelle Beadle, who spoke out about the comments on Twitter.

During a discussion about the two-game suspension of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for beating his then-fiancee (now wife) unconcious in an elevator in February, Smith launched into a rambling speech about domestic violence that seemed to imply that women share some of the blame for violent incidents.

While the sports anchor did say, "We know you have no business putting your hands on a woman," he also cautioned women, saying, "Let's make sure we don't do anything...

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Wednesday's TV Highlights: 'Extant' on CBS

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This week's TV Movies



Penn & Teller: Fool Us The comedic-magician duo judge which of several contenders should perform with them on stage in Las Vegas. 8 p.m. KTLA

My Wild Affair This new episode tells the story of an orphaned black rhinoceros that became part of the family of Dr. John Condy, developing a special bond with their four children. After 50 years, the family tries to determine what became of the creature after he was released back into the wild. 8 p.m. KOCE

Young & Hungry Josh (Jonathan Sadowski) is impressed with a computer wizard (Jesse McCartney) and wants to hire him, but there's an unfortunate incident involving Gabi (Emily Osment). 8 p.m. Family

Extant Oscar and Emmy winner Louis Gossett, Jr. guest stars as Molly's (Halle Berry) estranged father in this new episode. 9 p.m. CBS

Who Do You Think You Are...

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CW to air 'The World Dog Awards' in 2015

The CW is diving right into the heart of awards season next year with its own awards show. Though it's not the kind of awards show you'd immediately think of. Unless you're a dog person.

"The World Dog Awards" promise to honor the greatest achievements of man's best friend in the fields of entertainment, health services and the military. And everyday dogs who somehow managed to find fame through the Internet will also be honored.

While there are currently no televised awards shows to honor humans' achievements in health services and the military, dogs will finally get their time to shine in prime time.

Categories will include "best actor in a supporting role to a dog" and "outstanding achievement in the field," which will recognize dogs who have risked their lives for humans or shown outstanding kindness to another animal.

Forget about rooting for cats or monkeys or even bears. This show is strictly for dogs. And people who really, really like dogs.

The awards will take place at the...

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'Daily Show's' Larry Wilmore has problems with black Captain America

Marvel Comics recently announced that Captain America, that most wholesome symbol of everything America stands for, would soon be depicted as a black man. Sam Wilson, once known as Cap's sidekick, The Falcon, would be taking over the role from Steve Rogers in the comic books. A triumph for Marvel's efforts at diversity?

Not according to "The Daily Show's" "Senior Black Correspondent" Larry Wilmore, soon to be host of his own show, "The Minority Report."

"Daily Show" host Jon Stewart brought up the change during a discussion of tensions between uniformed police officers and the black community in New York on Monday night's show. But Wilmore could only manage a sarcastic golf clap to kick off the comedy bit.

"You know he's just going to spend all his time answering questions about why you always seem to show up at crime scenes," Wilmore said.

Wilmore brought up issues with Captain America's red, white and blue uniform, confusing for many people since red is the color of the Bloods and...

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Andre Braugher talks 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' and sings with his dog

Andre Braugher recently picked up his seventh Emmy nomination -- and first in a comedy category -- for his supporting work as stoic precinct captain Ray Holt on the Fox ensemble cop show "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."

The series' first season gave Braugher a chance to display his fine sense of comic timing, a gift he showcased often in a recent video chat at the Times' studio. Braugher, though, downplayed his abilities -- but even the act of doing this managed to highlight his dry sense of humor.

"I'm the string, they're the kites," Braugher said of his improv work with the show's comedic cast. "I'm really a believer in the script. I don't want to embarrass myself by jumping out here with professional comedians trying to catch up. They're much too swift for me. The best I can do at this moment really is to ride the rapids and try to stay afloat."

At this moment, right?

"Yeah," Braugher said, not missing a beat. "Two years from now I'm going to swagger in here wearing a porkpie hat, smoking a...

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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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