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Ken Burns delves into a dynasty

LOS ANGELES — Ken Burns is used to telling stories that have been told before. That comes with the territory when you work on documentaries covering momentous points in history, including the Civil War, World War II and the Prohibition era. But for his new seven-part, 14-hour documentary “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History,” Burns and his longtime collaborator Geoffrey C. Ward have managed to find new material on Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt that many people have never seen.

Mark Wahlberg: From teddy bears to Autobots

LOS ANGELES — Before Mark Wahlberg ever attempted to test his mettle vis-a-vis giant metamorphosizing robots from outer space — before he befriended a heroic battle-bot named Optimus Prime on screen — the actor prepared for his latest part with an unlikely foil: a talking teddy bear with an outsize taste for prostitutes and cocaine.

“Maiden” is the reason Sandra Oh left “Grey’s Anatomy”

CHICAGO — With its sadly timeless themes of political tyranny, the fragility of democracy and the intersection of political and personal abuse, Ariel Dorfman’s drama “Death and the Maiden” certainly feels ripe for revival. The widely acclaimed work by the Argentine-Chilean scribe was a global hit in the early 1990s, premiering at the Royal Court Theatre in London in 1991, and then showing up on Broadway with Glenn Close and Richard Dreyfus. Roman Polanski made a movie version in 1994 with Sigourney Weaver and Ben Kingsley.

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Jerry Seinfeld returns with more “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee”

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: The first episode of the fourth season of Jerry Seinfeld’s Web series — arriving Thursday — begins very close to home. Jerry returns to Long Island, where he grew up, with Sarah Jessica Parker in her very own Ford Country Square Wagon LTD, circa 1976. Sights to be seen in Thursday’s opener: Francesco’s Bakery on South Broadway in Hicksville and the Colony Diner on the Hempstead Bethpage Turnpike, where coffee is served.

Kathy Griffin will host 2014 Daytime Emmy Awards

LOS ANGELES — Comedian Kathy Griffin will be hosting this year’s Daytime Emmy Awards. But she won’t have the assistance of Anderson Cooper, who has co-hosted CNN’s New Year’s Eve coverage with Griffin for the last seven years. With 20 stand-up specials under her belt, Griffin should be fine on her own.

A flawed heroine? Edie Falco loves it

LOS ANGELES — Edie Falco has a cold. Actually, it’s more like a sinus infection, one that’s been plaguing her for weeks now, and so she enters the roof-top restaurant at the Peninsula hotel in Beverly Hills apologizing if the medication has made her a little dingy.