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Mom, daughter clash in ‘Sins’

Sat., Feb. 20, 2010

The general gaze toward Vancouver can inspire some interesting counter-programming. What better time to air a difficult drama about a recovering alcoholic and her damaged, embittered daughter?

“Sins of the Mother” (Sunday, 5 p.m., Lifetime Movie Network) stars singer/actress Jill Scott (“The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency”) as middle-aged Nona, who struggles to stay sober.

Her upbeat affirmations make her a hero to friends, including her sponsor (Mimi Rogers). But when her graduate-student daughter, Shay (Nicole Beharie), returns home, both women have to confront a bleak shared history.

“Invasion of the Giant Pythons” on “Nature” (Sunday, 7 p.m., KSPS; 8 p.m., KCDT/KUID) chronicles the unfortunate introduction of Burmese pythons into the Everglades as pets, many of whom were abandoned in the wild as they grew.

Now these creatures – 18 times larger than the biggest native snake – are slithering to the top of the food chain in Florida’s precariously delicate ecosystem.

Tonight’s highlight

ABC airs the 2004 adaption of “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” (8 p.m., TV-PG, V).

Sunday’s highlights

Scheduled on “60 Minutes” (7 p.m., CBS): a possible alternative to fossil fuels; the lack of progress in rebuilding at Ground Zero; new charges against Blackwater.

Adventures in Chile on “The Amazing Race” (8 p.m., CBS).

Jon Cryer guest stars on “Hannah Montana” (8 p.m., Disney, TV-G).

A convenience store chain executive mans the slushy machine on “Undercover Boss” (9 p.m., CBS, TV-PG).

The music of the Doors provides the soundtrack to a “Cold Case” (10 p.m., CBS, TV-14, V) about a ’70s circus murder.

Kitty makes her political debut on “Brothers & Sisters” (10 p.m., ABC, TV-14).


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