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Lori’s List: Talkers on the TV schedule for Sept. 10-16

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THE X FACTOR: L-R: Paulina Rubio, Demi Lovato, Kelly Rowland and Simon Cowell. Season three of THE X FACTOR premieres Wednesday Sept. 11 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) and Thursday Sept. 12 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) then airs Wednesday Sept. 18 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and Thursday Sept. 19 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT.) © 2013 Copyright FOX Broadcasting Company. CR: Ray Mickshaw / FOX.

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“BILLIE JEAN KING” (8 p.m. Tuesday on WTTW-Channel 11): PBS’ “American Masters” series devotes its first profile of a sports figure in its 27-year history to this groundbreaking tennis champ, one of the most important female athletes of the 20th century. Interviews with Venus and Serena Williams, Elton John, Gloria Steinem and Chicago natives Hillary Clinton and Valerie Jarrett round out the documentary on King, who looks back on her pioneering career as a tennis icon and advocate for gay and women’s rights. The show coincides with the 40th anniversary of King’s legendary “Battle of the Sexes” match against Bobby Riggs.

“SONS OF ANARCHY” (9 p.m. Tuesday on FX): This gripping motorcycle club drama kicks off season six with a chilling storyline involving school violence.

“THE X FACTOR” (7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday on WFLD-Channel 32): Britney Spears has been replaced by judges Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio. One thing that hasn’t changed: Simon Cowell’s singing competition is still an overproduced snoozefest that thinks it’s funny to laugh in the face of bad singers. I’m also fed up with the disingenuous way some contestants are presented, as nobodies plucked from obscurity who — gasp! — turns out to be uber-talented. Take Carlito Olivero, who auditions in the season three premiere. Olivero, 23, tells us he works for a coffee shop and “makes the best Frappuccinos in the whole city of Chicago.” An Internet search reveals he’s also an actor and former member of the new Menudo who reportedly got booted off a plane in 2008 for refusing to put away his iPod.

“THE PRESIDENTS’ GATEKEEPERS” (8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday on Discovery Channel): “Nothing, nothing, nothing ever comes easy,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says about his former gig as White House Chief of Staff. This “West Wing”-flavored two-part documentary about the second most powerful job in Washington, D.C., features interviews with all 20 living chiefs of staff, one out of five of whom hail from the Chicago area: Emanuel, Bill Daley (who goes into detail about the mission to kill Osama bin Laden), Donald Rumsfeld and Samuel K. Skinner.

“sleepy hollow” (8 p.m. Monday on WFLD-Channel 32): This entertaining, contemporary spin on Washington Irving’s classic pits an 18th century Ichabod Crane (played perfectly by Tom Mison, “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”) against the Headless Horseman and other threats lurking in modern-day Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.

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