The It List: Live recreations of 'Diff’rent Strokes' and 'The Facts of Life,' a boy band holiday special and more pop culture picks for the week.

This week on The It List: ABC's Live in Front of a Studio Audience is back with an all-star cast staging a live recreation of Diff'rent Strokes and The Facts of Life.

Plus, A Very Boy Band Holiday offers up an all-star lineup of former boy band stars singing holiday favorites and bringing the holiday cheer, while a new HBO documentary from Alex Gibney takes a serious look at the Guantanamo Bay detention of Abu Zubaydah, who has been in U.S. custody since 2002, but has never been charged with a crime.

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- "The It List" is Yahoo's weekly look at the best in pop culture. Here are our picks for the week of December 6. If you're sad that they just don't make sitcoms like they used to, then you'll be happy to see ABC's new "Live in Front of a Studio Audience" this week. This time, the show is focused on the '80s with reenactments of "Different Strokes" and "The Facts of Life." And the celebrity casting is keeping it fresh with names that may or may not surprise you.


The Facts of Life.

- "The Facts of Life" featuring Ann Dowd, Gabrielle Union, Kathryn Hahn, Allison Tolman, and Jennifer Aniston.


Different Strokes.

- Plus, "Different Strokes" with John Lithgow, Damon Wayans, and Kevin Hart.

- Fans of boy bands rejoice. ABC has a new holiday special featuring all your favorites. "A Very Boy Band Holiday" features members from N-SYNC, Boyz II Men, 98 Degrees, New Kids on the Block, O-Town, and New Edition all ready to sing holiday songs and bring the holiday cheer.

- It's the ultimate boy band holiday party and all your favorites are invited. Sing along to all the holiday classics.

- This is a boy band holiday.

- Acclaimed documentarian Alex Gibney has a new film premiering on HBO this week. "The Forever Prisoner" focuses on Abu Zubaydah, a prisoner at the United States Guantanamo Bay prison. Zubaydah was captured in 2002 and has been detained at Guantanamo since 2006, but has never been charged with a crime despite being subjected to torture.

- In America we have this thing called innocent until proven guilty.

- We were the leaders of the effort against cruel and unusual punishment. After 9/11, that's out the window.

- Do the ends always justify the means? Are we prepared to abandon our principles?

- Come back next week to check out "Yahoo's It List."