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Posted: Sunday, October 21, 2012 5:45 am

British wit Graham Norton never set out to be a talk-show host.

"It's more fun to be a guest," says Norton, host of his own long-running, self-titled chat fest (returning for a new season 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, BBC America).

"All a host does is come out and have a few minutes of jokes. The guests have all the fun."

He'd rather be in the spotlight.

"The guest gets to talk and make jokes for a lot longer," he says. "A host just sits there and listens after (the monologue)."

That hasn't stopped Norton's career.

He's drawn A-listers to his couch -- everyone from Dustin Hoffman to Daniel Craig to Judi Dench and Arnold Schwarzenegger. They come as much for his freewheeling gabbing as much as they do his audience participation games.

"The Graham Norton Show" has been airing -- in one form or another -- since 2007. Originally a British hit, "Graham Norton" has transitioned to the United States in recent years.

"It seems longer, doesn't it?" he deadpans.

Other highlights for the week of Oct. 21-27. All times Eastern. Listings subject to change. Check local listings:

SUNDAY

"The Walking Dead" (9 p.m., AMC). Is the menace known as The Governor close at hand?

"Homeland" (10 p.m., Showtime). Carrie (Claire Danes) and the vice-president's son appear to have something in common.

MONDAY

"The Final Presidential Debate" (9 p.m., ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, Fox). President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney face off one last time before next month's election.

"Richard Hammond's Crash Course" (10 p.m., BBC America). Season two snares daredevil Richard Hammond once again to master dangerous stunts, such as setting himself ablaze -- and live through it.

TUESDAY

"Don't Trust The B---- In Apartment 23" (9:30 p.m., ABC). James (James Van Der Beek) does the impossible: He participates in a "Dawson's Creek" reunion when this sitcom comes together for season two.

"Secrets of the Dead: The Man Who Saved the World" (9 p.m., PBS). The Soviet Union and the United States came close to nuclear war 50 year ago during the Cuban Missile Crisis. This report indicates just how close it was, through official documents and archival footage.

WEDNESDAY

"A-List Listings" (8 p.m., E!). Cameras take a glance into some of America's most extravagant houses, including one worth more than $40 million.

THURSDAY

"Project Runway All Stars" (9 p.m., Lifetime). Past favorites return in a new season of competition with judges such as Kylie Minogue, Katie Holmes and Liv Tyler.

FRIDAY

"Mockingbird Lane" (8 p.m., NBC). In this reboot of "The Munsters," young Eddie grows hair when the moon rises, and Herman Munster learns he has a heart condition.

"Hoops & Yoyo's Haunted Halloween" (7 p.m., Hallmark Channel). During this animated special, a pink kitten and a green bunny are locked in a store while searching for last-minute Halloween costumes.

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