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Smart List: Pop culture talking points (Week of Jan. 6)

What you’ll talk about
What you’ll talk about:

Finally, something to TiVo. Our TiVo to-do list is pretty depressing these days -- we’ve got a bunch of “Simpsons” reruns coming and not much else. But this week ABC premieres “Cashmere Mafia,” a show about four successful career women who discuss everything from “the boardroom to the bedroom” (according to a press release). Our eyes are rolling out of our skulls, but at least it’s something new. It stars, from left, Frances O’Connor, Lucy Liu, Bonnie Somerville and Miranda Otto. (Sunday) (ABC)
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The last of the late-night comedians return. We’ve already seen Letterman (bearded), Conan (bearded) and Leno (about to get in some WGA trouble). This week we herald the return of John Stewart’s “The Daily Show” and Stephen Colbert’s “The Colbert Report.” We’ve missed them, but fear this is the start of something ugly. If only this writers strike would end! So much less awkward for everyone. (Monday) (Jason DeCrow / AP)
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You may think you want to talk about:

“First Sunday.” Ice Cube (pictured) stars in this comedy with a day of the week in the title, and Tracy Morgan (whom we ADORE in “30 Rock”) costars, so you are completely forgiven if you think this sounds like the best sequel to “Friday” yet. Unfortunately, “First Sunday” is not a sequel to the stoner classic but a new movie unto itself about two guys who try to rob a church. Boo. (Friday) (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
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Madeleine Albright’s public memo. Our secretary of State under President Clinton releases a book this week called “Memo to the President Elect: How We Can Restore America’s Reputation and Leadership.” Nobody’s saying Albright has all the answers (except perhaps her publishers), but our next president is going to need all the help he/she can get. (Tuesday) (Robert Durell / Los Angeles Times)
And now another generation can talk about:
And now another generation can talk about:

“American Gladiators.” This show makes us think of the weekend afternoon TV-watching binges of our youth when nothing else was on and our dad hadn’t yet dragged us out on what he called “a nature walk.” We know some people are excited for the return of the iconic show, hosted this time around by Hulk Hogan and Laila Ali. But we’re not. (Tonight) (NBC)
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The return of Hasselbeck. That’s right, Elisabeth Hasselbeck returns from maternity leave to resume her role as the token conservative on “The View.” On her first day back she’s bringing the newest addition to her family — Taylor Thomas Hasselbeck, born Nov. 9 — to help her get back into the flow. At almost 2 months old, he should be ready to face the studio lights. (Monday) (ABC)
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It’s worth making time to talk about:

“In the Name of the King.” This movie is like a perfect storm of awesome terribleness: Uwe Boll of “BloodRayne” fame directs; Jason Statham (pictured), of whom we’re actually fond, plays a medieval peasant-turned-reluctant warrior; Ray Liotta plays a wizard; and Burt Reynolds is also involved. Plus! The whole thing is based on a role-playing computer game. You couldn’t make this stuff up. (Friday) (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
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Everyone will be talking about:

The Golden Globes. Will they happen? Won’t they happen? And if they don’t happen, what will those precocious writers pull out of their rumpled sleeves next Sunday night? (NBC)
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