Few celebrities have endured at the level of fame Cher has, remaining popular for more than five decades. Except for the surviving members of the Beatles and Rolling Stones, few people, if any, who were at the top of the musical charts in 1965 are still around -- or matter. And Cher, who had a hit ("You Haven't Seen the Last of Me") as recently as 2010, enjoyed contemporary success years after Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger received their knighthoods.
So who would expect Cher to be the center of the Lifetime Network's salute to Mother's Day?
"Dear Mom, Love Cher" (10 p.m., TV-PG) takes the music, movie and television star back to her roots, telling the story of her remarkable mother, Georgia Holt. "Dear Mom" recalls Holt's Arkansas upbringing, her tumultuous marriages to six different men and her efforts to raise two daughters while pursuing a Hollywood career. "Dear Mom" includes never-before-heard recordings by Holt as well as a duet with her famous daughter.
---Between "The Bachelor" fantasy and the grotesque materialism of "Bridezillas" and other advertisements for the wedding-industrial complex, television's depiction of courtship and marriage has skewed toward shallow behavior, petulant selfishness and deranged narcissism. It's a wonder anybody gets, or stays, married at all. "Newlyweds: The First Year" (10 p.m., Bravo, TV-14) follows couples after the glow of the big-production wedding and honeymoon have faded.
Of course, the thrill may be gone, but cameras are still in the picture. So expect drama, dysfunction, fits and fights.
---On a similar theme, the new series "Felt" (10:30 p.m., Logo, TV-14) also tackles issues of couples counseling and marital intimacy. It takes the transcripts from actual therapists' sessions and re-enacts them with puppets.
---A media zoo ensues when Janet accompanies Daniel into town on "Rectify" (10 p.m., Sundance, TV-14). This series has been renewed for a second season.
Note: Viewers who didn't catch the recent acclaimed Sundance miniseries "Top of the Lake" can now stream it on Netflix.
---A turf war brings danger to the mayor's own family on the consistently entertaining dystopian-future Western "De fiance" (9 p.m., Syfy, TV-14). If you like the sci-fi/fantasy genre but haven't been following this show, you're missing out.
---Live playoffs unfold on "The Voice" (8 p.m., NBC, TV-PG).
---A popular recording artist endures seven concerts in seven countries in seven days on "Rihan na 777" (8 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
---Amy and Ricky set the date on "The Secret Life of the Ameri can Teenager" (8 p.m., ABC Family, TV-14).
---Brennan and Booth infiltrate a dance competition on "Bones" (9 p.m., Fox, r, TV-14).
---"First Ladies: Influence & Image" (9 p.m., C-SPAN) profiles Julia Grant.
---A 10-year-old kidnapping mystery ends with a grim discovery on "Hawaii Five-0" (10 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
---Tom and Miles are on the same page on "Revolution" (10 p.m., NBC, TV-14).
---A whistleblower is found dead on "Castle" (10 p.m., ABC, TV-14).
---A stranger irks Norma on "Bates Motel" (10 p.m., A&E, TV-14).
---An older man finds a wife on the Internet in the documentary "Seeking Asian Female" on "In dependent Lens" (10 p.m., PBS, TV-PG).
Songs by Paul J. Smith and Oliver Wallace liven the 1950 cartoon musical adaptation of "Cinder ella" (8 p.m., Disney). The studio is currently working on a new live-action version of the fairy tale, starring Lily James ("Downton Abbey") and directed by Kenneth Branagh.
---Robin forgets the location of buried treasure on "How I Met Your Mother" (8 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
---7Lions performs on "Oh Sit!" (8 p.m., CW, TV-PG).
---Jeff thinks Brenda needs a giggle on "Rules of Engagement" (8:30 p.m., CBS, TV-PG).
---Caroline's dad needs a public defender on "2 Broke Girls" (9 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
---Annie's fame takes her to Paris on "90210" (9 p.m., CW, TV-14).
---Mike binges on snacks on "Mike & Molly" (9:30 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
---Christiane Amanpour is scheduled on "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" (11 p.m., Comedy Central).
---Keith Urban, Guillermo Diaz and Jay Larson appear on "Conan" (11 p.m., TBS).
---Kat Dennings, Brad Wollack, Annie Lederman and Kurt Braun-
ohler are booked on "Chelsea Lately" (11 p.m., E!).
---Robert Caro sits down on "The Colbert Report" (11:30 p.m., Comedy Central).
---John Krasinski, Kerry Washington and James Blake appear on "Late Show With David Letter man" (11:35 p.m., CBS).
---Jay Leno welcomes Magic Johnson, Savannah Guthrie and Fall Out Boy on "The Tonight Show" (11:35 p.m., NBC).
---Rod Stewart and Edie Falco appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (11:35 p.m., ABC).
---Steve Martin, Jenna Fischer and Edie Brickell visit "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" (12:35 a.m., NBC).
---Craig Ferguson hosts Isla Fisher and Jim Rash on "The Late Late Show" (12:35 a.m., CBS).
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