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David Schwimmer joins cast of 'American Crime Story'

Ryan Murphy's dramatization of the O.J. Simpson trial just got its Kardashian: David Schwimmer.

Schwimmer has joined the cast of the upcoming FX anthology series "American Crime Story" to play the defense attorney, and close friend of O.J.'s, Robert Kardashian (also the papa of Kim, Khloe, Kourtney and Rob). 

The anthology series, patterned after Murphy's other hit, "American Horror Story," tackles a single story per season, and the first tale it's taking on is a doozy: the so-called "Trial of the Century," the trial of former football great Simpson for the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman.

Actually, the subtitle of the series is "The People v. O.J. Simpson" and it's being directed by Murphy from a script by "Big Eyes" writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski.

Cuba Gooding Jr. has already been cast as Simpson and Sarah Paulson is playing prosecutor Marcia Clark.

But more than any other trial, there are so many well-known roles to cast, from defense...

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Saturday's TV Highlights and Weekend Talk: 'Divergent'

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SERIES

Atlantis As Ariadne's (Aiysha Hart ) life hangs in the balance, Jason (Jack Donnelly) embarks on a quest to save her in this new episode. 9 p.m. BBC America

Saturday Night Live "American Hustle's" Amy Adams takes a second turn hosting the sketch show, and One Direction is back as the musical guest. 11:29 p.m. NBC

SPECIALS

The Sound of Music Live! Last year's TV staging of the beloved Rodgers & Hammerstein musical event is back for an encore; with Carrie Underwood. 8 p.m. NBC

I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown! The Peanuts gang celebrates the holiday in this animated special. 8 p.m. ABC

CMA Country Christmas This encore holiday special features performances by Carrie Underwood, Idina Menzel and many others. 9 p.m. ABC

How to Make a Man Actors, musicians and others discuss the importance of...

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TV This Week, Dec. 21-27: 'Doctor Who: Last Christmas' and more

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SUNDAY

Sing along with Julie Andrews and company — as if you weren't already — as a tune-filled 1965 classic becomes "The Sound of Music Sing-Along." 7 p.m. ABC

Noted thespians talk shop in the new series "Variety Studio: Actors on Actors." With Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, et al. 7 p.m. KOCE

There are king-size beds, and then there are king-size beds, as you will see in the new special "Tales From the Royal Bedchamber." 8 p.m. KOCE

Bobby Flay is your guide to exceptional eateries in "Top 10 Restaurants With Food Network Magazine." 9 p.m. Food Network

"The Quest for Gold" explores mankind's love affair with that malleable mineral. 9 p.m. National Geographic Channel

"The Affair" is over, for now. But this drama ends its first season already renewed for a second. With Dominic West and Ruth Wilson....

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Craig Ferguson going out with a 'Bang' tonight

Thursday night, Stephen Colbert signed off from "The Colbert Report" for the final time. Friday night, it's Craig Ferguson's turn on "The Late Late Show." And similarly  to Colbert, Ferguson recruited a lot of guests to help send him off.

While Colbert assembled a who's who of political, media and entertainment celebrities in his studio to help him sing "We'll Meet Again," Ferguson is kicking off his final show with a music video, above, featuring celebs banging on drums and lip-syncing to Scottish band Dead Man Fall's song "Bang Your Drum."

So who all banged their drums for Ferguson? You have to look fast, but there's William Shatner, Marion Cotillard, Pierce Brosnan, Kat Dennings, Cedric the Entertainer and more.

Ferguson is signing off after 10 years on CBS following David Letterman. With Letterman leaving the "Late Show" in May, Ferguson is departing his "Late Late Show" for other gigs. 

The new "Late Late Show Host," James Corden, will begin his run in March, with Colbert taking...

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'The Colbert Report' finale: Some joking, some singing, some Alex Trebek

To celebrate the end, he first turned his show over to the president, then went head to head with a dragon. He sold nine years of tchotchkes at a yard sale, then raffled off his desk and fireplace for charity. And for his final show, he murdered death, declared himself immortal, sang a song with wildly diverse assortment of famous people before flying off into the heavens with fellow immortals:  Santa Claus, Abraham Lincoln and Alex Trebek.

No one will ever accuse Mr. Stephen Colbert of going gentle into that late night.

In the end, though, he didn't so much ring down the curtain on "The Colbert Report" -- Comedy Central's scathingly hilarious sendup of political posturing and the culture of uninformed narcissism --  as he finally, and most genially, pulled it aside.

After the sleigh ride and the mock-serious but still serious thank-yous, “The Colbert Report” ended as it began, with a clip of “The Daily Show.” Colbert, having used a tiny dinosaur head to proclaim his love for Jon...

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'Orphan Black' gets return date on BBC America

"Orphan Black" fans are on a roll. Just a week after series star Tatiana Maslany received her first SAG Award nomination for her stand-out performance as multiple clones, they're getting a first look at the upcoming third season.

And it shows off just a bit of what Maslany does best: disappearing into the many different clone roles. All while teasing the upcoming showdown with the bad guys the new season.

The teaser shows Ari Millen as the recently revealed male clones, who will play a big part in the upcoming episodes.

Meanwhile, Maslany will be playing at least four clones in the new season, and possibly more. That's the thing about clones: there's always more of them.

Maslany's performance on the show has been widely praised, but the SAG Award nomination is the first major acknowledgement of her work here.

The new season debuts on BBC America on April 18.

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