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Monday TV Picks: ‘Six by Sondheim’ on HBO

TV picks for Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, include “Six by Sondheim” on HBO, “The Great Christmas Light Fight” on ABC and “The Sing-Off” on NBC.

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‘Six by Sondheim’

An intimate and moving look at the life and art of the great composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim. Directed by frequent collaborator James Lapine, this documentary focuses on the creation of six of Sondheim’s songs. It features archival footage (Ethel Merman in “Gypsy”!) and interviews; restagings (featuring Audra McDonald and Jarvis Cocker); and personal anecdotes. If you are a fan at all, this is essential viewing (and no, I did not tear up during the “Sunday” segment). 9 p.m. Monday on HBO (

Doug Knoop, Seattle Times staff or on Twitter @dougknoop

Also on Monday

“Great Performances,” 7 p.m. (KCTS): A 50th anniversary celebration of the launch of Luciano Pavarotti’s career includes “Nessun Dorma” and arias from “La Boheme,” “Rigoletto” and “Aida,” as well as Neapolitan songs arranged by Henry Mancini.

“Almost Human,” 8 p.m. (Fox): Kennex and Dorian must protect a witness in a major murder trial; Capt. Maldonado butts heads with a defendant.

“The Great Christmas Light Fight,” 9 p.m. (ABC): Four families transform their homes for the holidays in hopes of winning $50,000.

“The Sing-Off,” 9 p.m. (NBC): The groups try to make a good first impression on the judges.

“Hostages,” 10 p.m. (CBS): Brian wants to expose Duncan to the police, but changes his mind when he sees evidence of Ellen and Duncan getting close.

“Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” 10 p.m. (Food): In Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, a taco joint turns out fresh octopus tacos; stuffed fish with lobster sauce.

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