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TV This Week

May 08, 2011

SUNDAY

You could take your mom out for brunch … or stay home for a Mother's Day movie marathon that includes the 1945 melodrama "Mildred Pierce" with Joan Crawford and the 1937 weepie "Stella Dallas" starring Barbara Stanwyck. (TCM, 9:30 a.m., 7:30 p.m.)

As usual, the race has been amazing, but the whole business will be finished on "The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business." The remaining returning contestants make their way back to the States on the reality competition's season finale. (CBS, 8 p.m.)

MONDAY

The docudrama "Justice for Natalee Holloway" tracks the efforts of the missing teen's mom, Beth, to bring the case of her daughter's disappearance to a conclusion, followed by the new series "Vanished With Beth Holloway." (Lifetime, 8 and 10 p.m.)

TUESDAY

The special "Becoming Chaz" follows Chaz Bono (above) — formerly Chastity, daughter of pop culture icons Sonny and Cher — on his journey through sex reassignment surgery. (OWN, 9 and 11:30 p.m.)

WEDNESDAY

It's prom night on "The Middle," season-finale night on "Better With You," parental role-reversal night on "Modern Family" and "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" night when Nia Vardalos guest stars on "Cougar Town." (ABC, 8, 8:30, 9 and 9:30 p.m.)

THURSDAY

Come back, "Nikita." As of press time, this action drama, which wraps its first season, has yet to be picked up for a second. But we would sorely miss our recommended weekly allowance of butt-kicking courtesy of the lovely and lethal Maggie Q. (KTLA, 9 p.m.)

FRIDAY

Christopher Reeve will always be the quintessential Superman (sorry, George Reeves, Dean Cain, Brandon Routh and Henry Cavill). But an honorable mention goes out to Tom Welling (below), wrapping his 10-year turn as the boy who would be the Man of Steel on the two-hour series finale of "Smallville." (KTLA, 8 p.m.)

SATURDAY

Get educated! You can learn "How to Train Your Dragon" in the kid-friendly 2010 animated tale or score an "Easy A" with Emma Stone in the saucy 2010 teen comedy inspired by Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter." (8 p.m. HBO; 9 p.m. Starz)

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