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The new TV series “Riverdale” is filled with familiar names like Archie, Jughead, Betty, Veronica, Reggie, Moose and, yes, even Josie and the Pussycats. But these are not the characters you remember from comic books. That’s obvious in the premiere …

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  • FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2015, file photo, Jerry Seinfeld performs at Menora Stadium in Tel Aviv, Israel. Seinfeld and Netflix announced a deal on Jan. 17, 2017, that will bring the star’s interview show “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” to the streaming service later this year. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty, File) Jerry Seinfeld series, specials coming to Netflix under deal
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    Updated Jan 17 2017 02:48 pm   |     |   Share
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    Thursday on TV: One kitchen competition ends; another begins
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    Wednesdy on TV: ‘Black-ish’ deals with disappointment over Trump election
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  • Emily Barclay, from left, Josh Thomas and Thomas Ward attend the ’Please Like Me’ panel at the Hulu portion of the 2017 Winter Television Critics Association press tour on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Invision/AP) Scott D. Pierce: TV critics weren’t mean about Pivot — and we were right
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  • David Lynch attends the ’Twin Peaks’ panel at the Showtime portion of the 2017 Winter Television Critics Association press tour on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP) David Lynch’s ‘Twin Peaks’ interview isn’t enlightening, but it is fun
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  • Kerry Washington, left, and Bellamy Young speak at the ’Scandal’ panel at the Disney/ABC portion of the 2017 Winter Television Critics Association press tour on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP) Shonda Rhimes: Don’t look for Donald Trump in ‘Scandal’
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