Mom's the word in comedies

Saturday, May 10, 2003

Happy Mother's Day! Cable celebrates the occasion on Sunday with marathons and other programming stunts.

Comedy Central reels off an afternoon of movies, mothers and mirth, beginning with "Peggy Sue Got Married" (noon Sunday), "Drowning Mona" (2 p.m.) and "National Lampoon's Vacation" (4 p.m.).

BBC America presents the hourlong comedy special "Absolutely Fabulous New York" (7 p.m. Sunday). In this update, Patsy (Joanna Lumley) and Edina (Jennifer Saunders) fly to New York for Fashion Week. Along the way, Edina discovers that her long-lost and never-seen son, Serge, is gay and living in the Big Apple. "New York" aired previously on Comedy Central.

Even modern Stone-Age families observed Mother's Day. The Cartoon Network offers a seven-hour "Flintstones" "Wilma-thon," beginning at 11 a.m. The first five hours celebrate Wilma's life as a single gal, her courtship with Fred, the birth of Pebbles and the trials of parenthood. Fred and Wilma become grandparents in the 1993 animated feature "Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby" (4 p.m. Sunday), making its television debut.

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