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Thursday: The "Ace of Cakes" makes cake decorating geeky-hip. Plus: What did you think of Wednesday's "Kid Nation" finale?

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If you think cake decorating is the purview of housewives with too much time on their hands, then you haven’t met the strange denizens of Food Network’s “Ace of Cakes” (10 p.m. EST). And apparently we’re the last people on the planet to know about the crazy tales of eccentric cake-baking tough guy Duff Goldman and his team of oddballs, who dream up whimsical, over-the-top creations for Goldman’s bakery, Charm City Cakes, in Baltimore. As the cameras roll, the Charm City crew goes to great lengths to meet customer requests, from a cake shaped like King Tut to our personal favorite, the Death Star cake. See what happens when detail-oriented rocker-geeks find their true calling?

Also…

With Sunday night’s finale quickly approaching, the competition should be fierce on “Survivor: China” tonight (8 p.m. EST on CBS). Fans of the “Ultimate Fighter” series won’t want to miss CNBC’s profile of the sport, “Ultimate Fighting: From Blood Sport to Big Time” (10 p.m. EST on CNBC). And fans of celebrity trash won’t want to miss creepy Perez Hilton dishing the whoring celebrity sea donkey highs and lows of the year in “What Perez Sez About 2007″ (10 p.m. EST on VH1). Also on Thursday, at 2 p.m. EST, the Democratic presidential candidates face off in a pre-caucus debate in Johnston, Iowa; check local listings for broadcast information.

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Last night

What did you think of Wednesday’s “Kid Nation” finale? Go here to discuss.

On the talk shows

Regis and Kelly

ABC, 9 a.m. EST

Hilary Swank, Darlene Love

The View

ABC, 11 a.m. EST

Megan Mullally, Greta Van Susteren

Ellen DeGeneres

Syndicated, check local listings

Tippi Hedren, Alec Mapa

Oprah Winfrey

Syndicated, check local listings

The secret language of babies

Charlie Rose

PBS, check local listings

Marc Forster, Khalid Abdalla, Khaled Hosseini, Saad Mohseni

Larry King

CNN, 9 p.m. EST

TBA

Jon Stewart

Comedy Central, 11 p.m. EST

Meryl Streep (repeat)

Stephen Colbert

Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m. EST

Toby Keith (repeat)

David Letterman

CBS, 11:30 p.m. EST

TBA

Jay Leno

NBC, 11:35 p.m. EST

Trista Rehn, Lisa Ling, the Ben Taylor Band (repeat)

Tavis Smiley

PBS, check local listings

Will Smith

Jimmy Kimmel

ABC, 12:05 a.m. EST

TBA

Conan O’Brien

NBC, 12:35 a.m. EST

Jessica Biel, Artie Lange, the Cribs (repeat)

Craig Ferguson

CBS, 12:35 a.m. EST

Joss Stone, Rainn Wilson (repeat)

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