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Posted: Sunday, November 21, 2010 10:45 am | Updated: 2:49 pm, Tue Nov 23, 2010.

Politics and reality TV are making for strange bedfellows on this season of "Dancing with the Stars."

Bristol Palin is causing a stir by making it to the finals (the results are airing 8 p.m. Tuesday on ABC). She'll face off against front-runner Jennifer Grey and likable Disney Channel star Kyle Massey.

Grey has had stellar marks all season from the judges. Massey has been an audience favorite and gradually made an impact with the judges.

Palin has surpassed other celebrities this season who had better dancing track records with judges, such as reality star Audrina Patridge and pop singer Brandy.

Reports lately attributed Palin's final-three status to possible Tea Party support.

"There's a strong popular movement behind Sarah Palin at the moment and she's receiving a lot of support from the Tea Party," "Dancing" executive producer Conrad Green is quoted as telling Bloomberg recently. "It's entirely possible some of those people are behind Bristol for political reasons."

Though booted off early in the season, comic Margaret Cho says she and Bristol Palin have gotten to be friends, despite having polar-opposite political views. Still, Cho can't resist poking fun at her during an interview and using Palin as a brunt of jokes in her standup act.

Cho notes that Bristol Palin's agenda is teen sexual abstinence, though the 20-year-old's sexy moves on "Dancing" might be sending mixed messages to her audience. "I think it's so rad she's becoming a stripper and a lap dancer," Cho deadpanned.

Still, Cho can't explain Palin's popularity on the show and thinks Grey deserves to win.

Other highlights for the week of Nov. 21-27 (check local listings):

SUNDAY

"Sandra Brown's Smoke Screen" (9 p.m., Lifetime). "My Name Is Earl" co-star Jaime Pressly turns serious in this tale about two women who team up to figure who's framing them for murder.

"Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe" (10 p.m., Discovery Channel). In a painful turn of events, Mike learns how to pull hair off people.

MONDAY

"LennoNYC" (9 p.m., PBS). John Lennon's strong connection to New York City is chronicled in this profile of his life.

"Skating with the Stars" (8 p.m., ABC). You only have yourself to blame for this one: "Dancing with the Stars" has spawned this competition with D-list actors such as soap actress Rebecca Budig and reality star Bethenny Frankel on skates.

"Public Speaking" (11 p.m., HBO). Martin Scorsese directs this look at Fran Lebowitz, who has been part of New York's literary scene for more than 30 years.

WEDNESDAY

"The Middle" (7 p.m., ABC). Broadway star John Cullum returns as Mike's stubborn father in this Thanksgiving episode.

THURSDAY

"Thanksgiving Day Parade" (7 a.m., CBS). Carrie Underwood is slated to perform at the annual event, live from New York City.

"Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade" (9 a.m., NBC). "Today" personalities will oversee the festivities.

"The Simpsons Movie" (7 p.m., Fox). Bart and the gang's first feature film marks its network-TV debut.

"Beyonce: I Am ... World Tour" (8:30 p.m., ABC). The superstar will be seen performing her hits around the globe.

FRIDAY

"Black T-Shirt Friday" marathon (7 p.m., SoapNet). There may be many things wrong with ABC's "General Hospital" these days, but none of them have to do with actor Steve Burton, who plays gangster Jason Morgan. SoapNet reminds us of this during a five-episode marathon of his greatest moments.

SATURDAY

"Debbie Macomber's Call Me Mrs. Miracle" (8 p.m., Hallmark Channel). Doris Roberts is a delight in this tale of a mystery woman who brings new life to a failing toy store around the holidays.

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