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Veteran soap opera director Larry Auerbach dies at 91

Emmy award-winning director Larry Auerbach, whose career was almost entirely in New York-based soap operas, died Saturday in La Jolla. He was 91.

The cause was complications of glioblastoma, said his son, Scott.

Auerbach was the director for the nearly 30-year run of "Love of Life," which debuted in 1951 as a live 15-minute show. Actors Warren Beatty, Christopher Reeve, Roy Scheider, Jessica Walter and Jon Voigt all appeared on the program.

And one of the show's fans, Sammy Davis Jr., guest stared in the 1970s.

The show's head writer at its end in 1980 was Ann Marcus, who went on to help create the soap opera spoof, "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman." She died earlier this month.

Auerbach also directed episodes of "All My Children," "Another World" and "As the World Turns." He won a 1984 Daytime Emmy for his work on "One Life to Live." 

He was considered such a soap opera expert that Dustin Hoffman consulted with him on "Tootsie," in which actor played a soap opera star.

Auerbach also served...

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Monday's TV Highlights: 'Anger Management' on FX

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The Great Christmas Light Fight A Texas family's Christmas display includes a flame-shooting sleigh; a Florida family has an outdoor movie theater; a California family turns their home into a gingerbread house in the season finale. 8 p.m. ABC

Hollywood Sessions This new episode sits down with Oscar-hopeful supporting actors from this year's movies, including Josh Brolin ("Inherent Vice"); Edward Norton ("Birdman"); Mark Ruffalo ("Foxcatcher"); J.K. Simmons ("Whiplash"); Christoph Waltz ("Big Eyes"). 8 p.m. EPIX

Top Gear In the season finale, Richard Hammond spotlights favorite moments from the car show, then it's an epic celebration of Britain's motor industry, which culminates in a grand finale in front of Buckingham Palace. 9 p.m. BBC America

Major Crimes A man dressed as Santa robs a bank and then...

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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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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

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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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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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