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Sunday conversation with veteran TV and film actor (and Allstate man) Dennis Haysbert

Dennis Haysbert has made a career playing commanding authority figures — most memorably “24” President David Palmer — and he explores that territory again in “Incorporated.” Set in a dystopian 2074, the new Syfy series cast Haysbert as the head of security at the largest corporation in a world where multinational corporations have unlimited power in the void caused by bankrupt governments.

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'Bookaboo,' 'Comedy Bang! Bang!' series finale

Bookaboo (Amazon Prime). Reading and being read to are necessary delights. And television has long paid reading its due, going back to "Ding Dong School" and up through "Reading Rainbow" and any number of hosted children's programs. "Captain Kangaroo" was, for me, a gateway to the works of Robert McCloskey ("Make Way for Ducklings") and Virginia Lee Burton ("Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel").

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Saturday's TV Highlights and weekend talk shows: 'The Hateful Eight' and more


Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks Polly is taken prisoner by  rebels, who are planning to use the Daleks to take control of the Earth colony in this animated resurrection of early episodes of the classic British science fiction series. 8:25 p.m.

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TV This Week, Dec. 4-10: 'Hairspray Live!' and more



It’s orcas versus dolphins — advantage, orcas — in the new nature special “Killer Whales: The Mega Hunt.” 7 p.m. Animal Planet

“A Very Soul Train Christmas” features vintage performance footage of such R&B favorites as Luther Vandross, Chaka Khan and Smokey Robinson. 7 p.m. BET

Looks like Anne Heche is starring in the new TV movie “Looks Like Christmas.” 8 p.m. Hallmark Channel


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In 'Mariah's World,' fans will see Carey resurrect her alter ego, Bianca

It’s dimly lit in here. Dimly lit and quiet.

Inside an unused dressing-room suite on the NBCUniversal lot in Universal City, things are mostly unremarkable until Mariah Carey, dressed in a plunging black jumpsuit, saunters in. Two members of her team sit on a nearby sofa, toiling on their phones. Her 5-year-old twins are in the next room, rolling around on the floor with a bunch of Minions toys.

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Welcome to her world: 'Mariah's World' offers lots of glitter but little depth

There’s no real reason any of us should feel sorry for Mariah Carey, a singer-songwriter who’s sold roughly as many albums as there are people in Brazil.

And yet it’s hard to walk away from an episode of “Mariah’s World” without the distinct sense that, after a quarter-century in the limelight, the famously gifted artist is fighting to maintain relevance in a shifting cultural landscape.

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