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Wondering which TV shows to watch to stay informed as the election approaches? Here’s a tip: Avoid the news. Stick with the comics and commentators. Here’s why: The news is just the starting point of the conversation. So you won’t get much of that from the standard newscasts. Nor will you get much from the Sunday morning pundit shows. (Sure, all they do is talk about the news, but these shows...

Add Oprah to the list of Beliebers. The talk-show host announced via a tweet that she would be interviewing Justin Bieber as part of her Oprah’s Next Chapter series. His episode will air Nov. 25 on OWN. Her other recent tweets inform us that she attended a Believe concert, quotes “One Less Lonely Girl” and –eat your heart out, teens! — posts a photo...

It’s been 30 years since the premiere of “Cheers,” the 1980s NBC sitcom centered on a Boston bar where everybody know your name. Sam Malone (Ted Danson) doesn’t own a bar anymore, and Cliff (John Ratzenberger) and Norm (George Wendt) aren’t contemplating their lives over pints of beer because after the series came to an end in 1993,...

Simon Cowell is kinda-sorta confirming that Britain’s The X Factor will have an American counterpart. According to Cowell, “I think the show will go to America. It has to go to America. There has to be an American version of the show. To not make The X Factor in the biggest market in the world would be crazy.” There hasn’t been a concrete confirmation, but...

PHILADELPHIA – Jon and Kate Gosselin will likely ring in the new year as husband and wife as they await a final divorce decree. A lawyer for Jon Gosselin says the reality TV couple’s divorce is not likely to be finalized until early next year. Mark Jay Heller tells The Associated Press that the arbiter’s decisions on custody and finances is “a...

November 27: A day that will forever ring out in infamy. (And not because it’s the day Tiger Woods smashed his Escalade into a tree, kick-starting the biggest sports cheating scandal since Shoeless Joe Jackson fixed the World Series in 1919.) November 27 is the day we were all reminded (again) that David Hasselhoff is a mere mortal. “He’s standing...

LOS ANGELES – “So You Think You Can Dance” producer Nigel Lythgoe won’t predict which dancer will end up the winner on Wednesday’s season finale. But he’s confident that guest star Adam Lambert is going to be well-behaved. Lythgoe said he passed the message to Lambert’s camp that he doesn’t expect any surprises during the...