The Week in Culture: Palin Gets a TV Show, and More

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A roundup of the biggest culture stories of the week:

Rosie O'Donnell and Sarah Palin are both getting new television shows, while we called Jessica Simpson's latest effort at TV stardom "irresponsibly bad." On the other hand, we argued that Christiane Amanpour, who was just announced as George Stephanopoulos' replacement on This Week will do a great job on her new show. Meanwhile, former Tonight Show host Conan O'Brien is exploring next steps beyond the world of TV—we examined a few rumors about what's next for Conan and determined what's fact and what's fiction.

As Tiger Woods prepares for his return to golf at the Masters next month, we asked whether the scandal surrounding his personal life can really be considered a sports story. Then we offered some tips for how athletes can avoid finding themselves in a scandal in the first place.

In film, we explored the tortured relationship between Star Wars filmmaker George Lucas and his fans and recommended a 30-minute movie about robots with a surprisingly human heart.

The music world lost two icons this week: rock photographer Jim Marshall and doo-wop singer Johnny Maestro.

Anchor blogger Ta-Nehisi Coates shared his eight favorite books, then in the name of diversity offered an additional eight titles he also likes.

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