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To Mothers, and the Ability Not to Be One

By Genevieve Burgess | Miscellaneous | May 9, 2010 |

By Genevieve Burgess | Miscellaneous | May 9, 2010 |

Today is both Mother’s Day and the 50th anniversary of the birth control pill, so really almost everyone has a reason to celebrate. Either you’re celebrating the wonderful women in your life who are mothers, or you’re celebrating the wonderful fact that not every woman has to become a mother or be a mother to more children than she wants. Those of you who are doing your celebrating over dinner; don’t worry, you’re not missing much on TV tonight. Here’s what’s on:

7:00 p.m.: “60 Minutes” on CBS.

“America’s Funniest Home Videos” on ABC.

“Dateline: NBC” on NBC.

“Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom” on Animal Planet. Eighth season finale.

8:00 p.m.: “The Amazing Race” on CBS. 16th season finale.

“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” on ABC. For moms who really like to cry.

“Minute to Win It” on NBC.

“The Simpsons” on Fox.

“Sunday Best” on BET.

8:30 p.m.: “The Cleveland Show” on Fox.

9:00 p.m.: “America The Story of Us: Civil War” on History.

“The Apprentice” on NBC.

“Brandy and Ray J: A Family Business” on VH1.

“Desperate Housewives” on ABC. For all those moms who really like crazy. I’m sorry, I’ve seen maybe one whole episode of this show and anytime I try to watch it, it boggles my mind.

“Family Guy” on Fox.

“Holmes on Homes” on HGTV.

“Jesse Stone: No Remorse” on CBS. Original telefilm. For moms who really like Tom Selleck.

“Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane” on Style. Third season finale.

“Masterpiece!: Foyle’s War, Series VI: Killing Time” on PBS.

“The Pacific” on HBO.

“The Tudors” on Showtime. For moms who really like elaborate costumes. Or Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Or Henry Cavil.

9:30 p.m.: “American Dad” on Fox.

“Gene Simmons’ Family Jewels” on A&E.

10:00 p.m.: “America The Story of Us: Heartland” on History.

“Army Wives” on Lifetime.

“Basketball Wives” on VH1.

“Breaking Bad” on AMC.

“Hoarding: Buried Alive” on TLC. First season finale. For moms who hoard.

“Iron Chef America” on Food.

“Jerseylicious” on Style. First season finale.

“Kendra!” on E!. For moms who have posed for Playboy.

“Kirstie Alley’s Big Life” on A&E.

“Treme” on HBO.

“Brothers and Sisters” on ABC.

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