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Wednesday: Watch the candidates go at it on the "CNN/YouTube Republican Debate." Plus: What did you think of Tuesday's "Dancing With the Stars" finale?

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You know what’s really funny sometimes? Republicans, prattling on about terrorist threats and economic growth like it’s 2002 and we’re not completely exhausted, disillusioned and close to foreclosing on our homes. It’s creepily entertaining, really, to watch a bunch of strange individuals in suits smiling broadly like it’s 1955 and the meatloaf’s about to come out of the oven. What planet are these fine-looking beings from, and how do we get there? While there may not be a steady stream of one-liners tripping off every tongue at tonight’s “CNN/YouTube Republican Debate” (8 p.m. EST on CNN), we were probably just as skeptical back in 1999, and then Bush kept repeating all of those hilarious punch lines about the importance of “winning wars.” (Hey, at least he started a few wars; that’s more than you can say for most world leaders.) Tune in for tonight’s big laugh-in, and tomorrow, be sure to come back and recount your favorite jokes.

Also…

The annual tree lighting of “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” airs at 8 p.m. EST on NBC. For those determined to push the impending holidays out of their minds, tonight’s episode of “Great Performances” features Eric Clapton and B.B. King (9 p.m. EST on PBS, check listings). And on “Private Practice” (9 p.m. EST on ABC), Kate Walsh’s Cooper begins a secret affair with one of her co-workers.

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Last night

What did you think of Tuesday’s “Dancing With the Stars” finale? Go here to discuss.

On the talk shows

Regis and Kelly

ABC, 9 a.m. EST

Venus Williams, Kellie Pickler

The View

ABC, 11 a.m. EST

John and Elizabeth Edwards, the runners-up from “Dancing With the Stars”

Ellen DeGeneres

Syndicated, check local listings

Paris Hilton

Oprah Winfrey

Syndicated, check local listings

The woman who lost 530 pounds

Charlie Rose

PBS, check local listings

TBA

Larry King

CNN, 9 p.m. EST

Preempted

Jon Stewart

Comedy Central, 11 p.m. EST

Claire Danes (repeat)

Stephen Colbert

Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m. EST

Salman Rushdie, Jane Fonda (repeat)

David Letterman

CBS, 11:30 p.m. EST

Bruce Willis, Jason Randal (repeat)

Jay Leno

NBC, 11:35 p.m. EST

Matt Damon, Selma Blair, Third Eye Blind (repeat)

Tavis Smiley

PBS, check local listings

Seal

Jimmy Kimmel

ABC, 12:05 a.m. EST

TBA

Conan O’Brien

NBC, 12:35 a.m. EST

TBA

Craig Ferguson

CBS, 12:35 a.m. EST

Chris Isaak, Cory Kahaney (repeat)

Contributors: Megan Doll, Heather Havrilesky, Eryn Loeb, Amy Reiter

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