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‘Madam Secretary’ has done a great job of balancing political intrigue and family drama. In the second-season finale, Elizabeth (Téa Leoni) deals with a family problem, an international spy drama — and learns that the president is searching for a …

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  • FILE - This Saturday, June 27, 2015, file photo, shows the Hulu logo on a window at the Milk Studios space in New York. Hulu will offer a live-streaming service in 2017 that will offer a mix of cable and broadcast programming as well as news, sports and events. That pits the streaming service against similar offerings from Sling TV and PlayStation Vue as more and more Americans shift to watching TV online. (AP Photo/Dan Goodman, File) Hulu will offer live-streaming service in 2017
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    S & S will present Sawyer Fredericks with Mia Z, May 12, 2016, at The Post Theater in Salt Lake City. Fredericks became a national phenomenon during the eighth season of NBC’s ’The Voice,’ which he won. Visit kilbycourt.com for information, tickets. Courtesy NBC ‘Voice’ winner Sawyer Fredericks is coming to Utah
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    First lady Michelle Obama, left, and President Barack Obama stand for the national anthem during the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner at the Washington Hilton on Saturday, April 25, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) This weekend on TV: Larry Wilmore, President Obama headline White House Correspondents’ Dinner
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  •   Michael Emerson (left) as Harold Finch and Jim Caviezel as John Reese in ’Person of Interest.’ John Paul Filo  |  CBS TV preview: ‘Person of Interest’ returns, but only briefly
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  •   Stephen Magadan, Rebecca Liddiard and Michael Weston star in the ’Houdini & Doyle.’ Robert Vigliasky  |  Fox Scott D. Pierce: ‘Houdini & Doyle’ is lacking in magic
    Turns out that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini really did know one another. They were sort of friends at times. And definitely enemies at oth...
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    FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2015 file photo, Prince presents the award for favorite album - soul/R&B at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles. Prince, widely acclaimed as one of the most inventive and influential musicians of his era with hits including ’Little Red Corvette,’ ’’Let’s Go Crazy’ and ’When Doves Cry,’ was found dead at his home on Thursday, April 21, 2016, in suburban Minneapolis, according to his publicist. He was 57. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File) Tuesday on TV: Prince pops up in ‘New Girl’ episode from 2014
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    | Courtesy Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Billy Gardell, and Melissa McCarthy star in ’Mike & Molly’ on CBS. Monday on TV: ‘Mike & Molly’ returns for its final few episodes
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  • Ricky Gervais arrives at the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) Ricky Gervais hits ‘The Road’ with new comedies
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    Iwan Rheon as Ramsay Bolton and Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark in ’Game of Thrones.’ Helen Sloan  |  Courtesy HBO
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