<p>Adam Goldberg of &quot;Fargo&quot;</p>

Adam Goldberg of "Fargo"

Interview: 'Fargo' co-star Adam Goldberg on ASL challenges and Calgary cold

Also, the "Midnight Cowboy" thing? Not intentional.

In March, I was on the Calgary set of FX's "Fargo" and I got to talk to most of the show's main stars, including Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman, Keith Carradine, and Colin Hanks and Joey King. I also chatted with producers Noah Hawley and Warren Littlefield and, before the premiere, I interviewed Billy Bob Thornton as well.

The characters on the reimagined take on the Coen Brothers' Oscar winner are compelling and that gives everybody involved plenty to discuss, so I hope to keep checking off members of the eclectic cast plenty to talk about.

Up next? Adam Goldberg, who was introduced in the second episode as a fiery hitman whose name has never been given. Official FX literature says that Goldberg is Mr. Numbers, while Russell Harvard's character is Mr. Wrench. Apparently, we aren't going to learn anything more than that.

Mr. Numbers and Mr. Wrench are intriguing because they're dressed an awful lot like Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight's characters from the classic "Midnight Cowboy" and because all of their dialogue together is delivered in often passionately delivered ASL. Goldberg's character also gets to talk in frequently irritated bursts of speech, but Harvard only communicates in sign language. It's a unique partnership. 

Goldberg is a master of frequently irritated speech in films like "Dazed and Confused" and on the small screen on shows like "Friends" and in the Hawley-created brilliant-but-cancelled ABC drama "The Unusuals." He's carried that over into his work as an indie writer-director, a gig that nearly prevented him from taking the "Fargo" role and reuniting with Hawley.

It's also a master of irritated speech in real life. The guy is NOT a fan of the cold weather in Calgary, it turns out. And he was really worried about his ability to do justice to the ASL dialogue. 

And it turns out that the "Midnight Cowboy" thing? Well, it wasn't a part of his thought process. 

Click through for my chat with Goldberg, which covers that terrain and more. And check out "Fargo" on FX on Tuesday nights.

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Our favorite season-ending TV cliffhangers

Our favorite season-ending TV cliffhangers

From near-assassinated presidents to intriguing time jumps, we celebrate finales

Cliffhangers aren't just for finales. 

Recent shows as different as "24" and The Collected Works of Shonda Rhimes have proven that if you drop a cliffhanger on a weekly basis, audiences will keep coming back, while soap operas have been doing almost daily cliffhangers for decades.

But the season-ending cliffhanger is a particular creature. Producers know that they have to drop narrative bombs big enough to carry audiences across not just a couple weeks, but several months of anticipation and speculation. 

There's a reason why "Who shot J.R.?" and "Is Buffy Dead?" and "Wait, that was a Flash-Forward?" are questions that instantly bring back memories of both the finales in question, but also the months of pondering and waiting.

With so many of our favorite shows signing off for the season, we put our heads together to list some of our favorite season-ending cliffhangers and pay tribute to them. 

OBVIOUSLY there are spoilers here, but mostly just for older shows and we didn't spoil how most of the finales resolved. 

Check out our list and chime in with some of your favorites!

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<p>Sunday&#39;s &quot;The Simpsons&quot;</p>

Sunday's "The Simpsons"

Credit: FOX

TV Ratings: 'Resurrection' finale, '60 Minutes' lead Sunday split, 'Simpsons' gets a Lego boost

'Family Guy' is Sunday's top show among young viewers

Fast National ratings for Sunday, May 4, 2014.

ABC got a tiny bump for the "Resurrection" season finale and the network edged out FOX for victory among young viewers, while "60 Minutes" and "The Good Wife" helped CBS comfortably win Sunday night overall.

Although FOX couldn't quite beat ABC in the key demo, the network had a strong night, with a Lego-filled "Simpsons" episode rising and "Family Guy" actually doing Sunday's best young demo numbers. This animated comedies helped "Cosmos" to growth as well.

In terms of Sunday negatives, NBC's "American Dream Builders" hit another low, while "Believe" stopped several weeks of encouraging stability with a drop.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Leo struggles inside an inflatable bull</p>

Leo struggles inside an inflatable bull

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'The Amazing Race: All-Stars' - 'Bull Down'

The teams head to Spain where another Double U-Turn awaits

I spent my day on the set of FOX's "Broadchurch" remake "Gracepoint" up in beautiful Victoria, BC, so I'm on my own race not-exactly-around-the-world, a race that left me unable to watch Sunday's (May 5) "The Amazing Race" until late, meaning that it's already after midnight as I start on this recap.

Fortunately, this is a really easy episode to recap.

In fact, there are really only two things to discuss about Sunday's episode, which doesn't mean it was a bad episode. In fact, thanks to one utterly bonkers Detour, it was quite fun. But Sunday's Leg was darned straight-forward and, once again, all came down to an over-reliance on the U-Turn for drama.

On to the recap after the break.

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<p>&quot;Shark Tank: Swimming With Sharks&quot;</p>

"Shark Tank: Swimming With Sharks"

TV Ratings: 'Shark Tank' goes big on Friday while 'Hannibal' rises, 'Dixie' falls

'Blue Bloods' leads CBS to overall victory

Fast National ratings for Friday, May 2, 2014.

Posting a big 22 percent week-to-week gain among young viewers, "Shark Tank" led ABC to an easy Friday win among young viewers, while "Blue Bloods" was up over last week and led CBS to an overall rout.

In short: Business as usual.

There was some Friday variation, though. NBC's "Hannibal" was up for the third straight week, though once again basketball preemptions in the Portland market mean that these numbers are inflated.

On the negative side, "Hart of Dixie" was low for The CW, as was "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" FOX's "Kitchen Nightmares" was also on the low side.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Jefra was very excited about her guac</p>

Jefra was very excited about her guac

Credit: CBS

Interview: Jefra Bland talks 'Survivor: Cagayan'

The Last of the Beauties discusses her 'Survivor' snuffing

And then the Beauty Tribe was gone. 

Had the Beauty Tribe been functional, perhaps they could have made a go of things after the Merge. They made the Merge with four players, same as the Brawn tribe, one more than the Brain tribe. And when Sarah was blindsided post-Merge, Beauty had a plurality and theoretically could have bonded with anybody to take power. 

With no particular unity, though, the Beauty tribe failed to mount any sort of strategy. First, Morgan went out without a whimper. Then L.J. was blindsided. Then Jeremiah knew he was doomed.

Finally, on this week's "Survivor: Cagayan," Jefra Band became the last Beauty castaway sent packing, blindsided by Tony, who feared that a gender-based alliance might be the only thing that could halt his paranoid scurry to the million.

Jefra, who previously expected elimination and then was spared after Kass flipped, faced her torch-snuffing with a smile.

In her exit interview, the two-time Miss Kentucky runner-up discusses her tribe's early demise and what it says about "beauty" as a "Survivor" attribute. She explains her end-game strategy and why she stuck with Tony, rather than trying to blindside him. And she remembers the flood of emotions on the night Kass' flip spared her.

Click through for the full Q&A...

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<p>Sam Heughan and&nbsp;Caitriona Balfe of &quot;Outlander&quot;</p>

Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe of "Outlander"

Credit: Starz

Starz's first full 'Outlander' trailer teases timeless romance

Nobody says 'Sassanach,' so what's the point?

After January's Television Critics Association press tour panel for Starz's adaptation of "Outlander," I lamented that we hadn't been given copies of Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling novel for background.

I arrived home a day later and a copy of "Outlander" had arrived at my door, appearing from nowhere as if it had made contact with a mysterious standing stone circle after and even more mysterious pagan ritual.

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<p>Look who was back on &quot;Grey&#39;s Anatomy&quot;</p>

Look who was back on "Grey's Anatomy"

Credit: ABC

TV Ratings: 'Grey's Anatomy' rises, 'Bad Teacher' and 'Idol' drop and CBS rules Thursday

NBC gets solid numbers from the IHeartRadio Music Awards

Fast National ratings for Thursday, May 1, 2014.

"The Big Bang Theory" had enough 8 p.m. juice to help CBS dominated Thursday night in all measures, even with big drops for "The Millers," "Two and a Half Men" and, particularly, "Bad Teacher."

The drops weren't limited to CBS on Thursday, though.

"American Idol" took an ugly drop to a number below "Hell's Kitchen" in the key demo, though maybe FOX should be paying attention to the stability "Surviving Jack" has been delivering despite the regular "Idol" slide.

Almost falling on Thursday was ABC's "Black Box," which failed to capitalize on a big weekly bump for "Grey's Anatomy."

And if you were wondering why on Earth NBC would have ended its low-rated comedies early, the fabricated IHeartRadio Music Awards did, relatively speaking, pretty huge numbers for NBC. [OK, entirely "relatively speaking" on the hugeness, but still very respectable numbers.]

On to the numbers...

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<p>&quot;American Idol&quot; judge Keith Urban</p>

"American Idol" judge Keith Urban

Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 - Top 5 Results plus Keith Urban performs

Ryan Seacrest promises something unprecedented. Is he lying?

This afternoon, I did a strange thing. I retweeted Ryan Seacrest. 

But how could I not? 

 

I mean... Isn't your interest piqued? Mine sure is.

The problem: What could he possibly be referring to that he could already know about? He could know that tonight's result is shocking, but he couldn't know how anybody might react. So could he just be referring to, I dunno, a particularly brazen Ford commercial? Or somebody random dueling with Keith Urban?

Yup. After Ryan Seacrest's tweet, Thursday's (May 1) "American Idol" results show is sure to be disappointing. 

Way to raise expectations, Ryan!

Full live-blog after the break...

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<p>Patricia Arquette guested on Wednesday&#39;s &quot;CSI&quot;</p>

Patricia Arquette guested on Wednesday's "CSI"

Credit: CBS

TV Ratings: 'CSI' backdoor pilot anchors CBS Wednesday wins, 'Idol' goes low

'Modern Family' and 'Nashville' take big drops for ABC

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, April 30, 2014.

Even with "Chicago PD" topping CBS' backdoor "CSI" pilot among young viewers, CBS was still able to ride "Survivor" and "Criminal Minds" victory both overall and in the key demographic on Wednesday night.

[NBC had an NBA preemption in Portland, which will probably make the 10 p.m. race closer.]

With CBS' full lineup returning for originals (and perhaps with NHL and NBA playoff competition on cable), there were big drops for ABC's "Modern Family"  (a whopping 0.6 key demo rating from last week's Fast Nationals), "Suburgatory" and "Nashville," as well as FOX's "American Idol" and NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit."

Over on The CW, "Arrow" was up a hair, while "The 100" continued to hold onto its lead-in well, making its case for renewal.

On to the numbers...

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