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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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Some 'Downton Abbey' details to hold you over before Season 5

American viewers are still a ways off from having the upstairs-downstairs bunch of "Downton Abbey" over as guests in their homes through the telly, but we have some crumpets of information to hold you over before then. Executive producer Gareth Neame and cast members Michelle Dockery, Laura Carmichael, Allen Leech, and Joanne Froggatt appeared before reporters Tuesday night as part of PBS' session at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Beverly Hills. After a trailer of the upcoming fifth season -- Lady Mary riding a horse! Talk of Dowager Countess having a "past"! Bates talking children! -- was shown, the group talked about what lies ahead (though they were about as tight as Lady Edith's finger wave with giving too much detail). "I think for all of these characters, everything is just ratcheted up," Neame told reporters. "Everything is much more complicated." The new season of the British period drama, which rolls out Jan. 4 on PBS, will take place in 1924, about six months from...

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Wednesday's TV Highlights: 'My Wild Affair' on PBS

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 So You Think You Can Dance Misty Copeland serves as a guest judge and Lucy Hale performs in this new episode. 8 p.m. Fox My Wild Affair The new episode "The Ape Who Went to College" documents the case of Chantek, an orangutan who was treated just like a human youngster at an American university during the 1970s and 1980s. 8 p.m. KOCE. The reproductive habits of orangutans in nature are revealed surveyed in a new episode of "Sex in the Wild." 10 p.m. KOCE Extant John (Goran Visnjic) can sense that something is amiss with Molly (Halle Berry), but she won't tell him what it is, in this new episode. Pierce Gagnon also stars. 9 p.m. CBS Bring It! In the season premiere, dance coach Dianna "Miss D" Williams begins building a new team with annual tryouts, where even veteran dancers must prove they still have...

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TCA 2014: Ken Burns digs up unseen footage for 'The Roosevelts'

Ken Burns is used to telling stories that have been told before. That comes with the territory when you work on documentaries covering momentous points in history, including the Civil War, World War II and the Prohibition era. But for his new seven-part, 14-hour documentary "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History," Burns and his longtime collaborator Geoffrey C. Ward have managed to find new material on Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt that many people have never seen. "We had finished our film, it was long done and mastered, and we discovered four seconds of film through the University of Pennsylvania. At great expense, we cut that back into the film," Burns told the press at a discussion on Tuesday, PBS' day at the TCA summer press tour. The footage provides a very rare glimpse of the polio-stricken FDR near the end of his life, struggling to disembark from a train in Bismarck, N.D. Though FDR's condition was not a secret, news crews at the time were regularly asked to turn off...

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Season 5 of 'Downton Abbey' will begin airing in the U.S. on Jan. 4

"Downton Abbey" is coming back in January — and the chief of PBS is warming up by hurling a few crumpets at TV rivals. Season 5 of the British drawing-room drama will premiere in America on Jan. 4, the public broadcaster announced Tuesday at the TV press tour in Beverly Hills. PBS President and Chief Executive Paula Kerger defended, as she has in the past, the decision to run "Downton" months after it has aired in Britain, which has meant that many U.S. fans uncover spoilers online before getting a chance to watch the episodes. This has led to much criticism of PBS, but Kerger remains undaunted. "January works well," Kerger said, because the weather has turned cold across much of the country and people have more time to watch. The fact that "Downton's" audience grew by 16% for the most recent season, she added, verified the strategy. Meanwhile, the usually circumspect Kerger took a few whacks at cable networks, which she says have abandoned their original mission and are chasing...

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'Fargo' executive producers talk Season 2

Winter is coming to 1979. One of the bigger announcements to come out of FX's session Monday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Beverly Hills was the renewal of critically acclaimed, multiple-Emmy nominated "Fargo" for a second season. And the drama's executive producers Noah Hawley and Warren Littlefield wasted little time in breaking their silence about what's ahead, appearing before reporters to cap off the network's day of show panels. So what can we tell you? The second season will tell the story of Sioux Falls circa 1979--and there will be some traveling over the 10-episode second outing. "If you were paying attention in Season One, you know we made a lot of references to Sioux Falls and that was deliberate; that wasn’t an accident,” Hawley said. “So, what this next 10-hour movie is going to be is the story of Sioux Falls. The movie will take place in 1979 … with the story set mostly in Luverne, Minn., in Fargo and, of course, in Sioux Falls as well.” The focus will...

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