Weekend TV fare hits the mother lode

Looks like the Stork Club has become the movie kingdom's hottest invite. "Hollywood Baby Boom" (6 p.m. today, E!) explores Tinsel Town's latest trend: motherhood. Actresses such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Debra Messing, Courteney Cox, Sarah Jessica Parker, Reese Witherspoon, Kelly Ripa, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Denise Richards have made wearing maternity clothes fashionable again.

  • Speaking of Mom, sometimes the hand that rocks the cradle also dreams up some cool stuff. "Mothers of Invention" (6 p.m. today, History) celebrates the women behind gadgets and gizmos big and small, including windshield wipers, Liquid Paper and Kevlar.
  • Three weeks before Easter, but three weeks after the blockbuster release of Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ," CBS re-airs the 2000 made-for-television biblical epic "Jesus" (8 p.m. Sunday, CBS). But while Gibson's film purports to remain brutally faithful to the New Testament, this film attempts to present Jesus (Jeremy Sisto) as a deity whose existence and consciousness transcends linear time. In the opening moments of the film, Jesus is shown dreaming of 20th-century soldiers calling out his name.

Tonight's highlights

  • The NCAA Basketball Tournament (6 p.m., CBS) continues.
  • Americans Michelle Kwan and Sasha Cohen take on international competition in World Championship Figure Skating (7 p.m., ABC).
  • Tobias Moretti, Ennio Fantastichini and Stefania Rivi star in the 2001 biblical epic "Joseph of Nazareth" (8 p.m., Pax).
  • Megan Mullally is host of "Saturday Night Live" (10:30 p.m., NBC), with musical guest Clay Aiken.

Sunday's highlights

  • Scheduled on "60 Minutes" (6 p.m., CBS): controversial judicial nominee Charles Pickering; professional soccer's 14-year-old sensation; car financing schemes.
  • Jason Mraz guest-stars as Dion and Fefe Dobson as Tina Turner on "American Dreams" (7 p.m., NBC).
  • A controversial researcher drowns in her own pool on "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (8 p.m., NBC).
  • It comes down to the final four on "Dream Job" (8 p.m., ESPN), a "reality" star search for a new "SportsCenter" correspondent.
  • Britney Spears performs live in concert (8 p.m., Showtime). Presented in high-definition television, so we can watch her sleazy, inane antics with greater clarity.


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