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Hallmark greets Mother’s Day

May 12, 2012

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Happy Mother’s Day! Just in time for the holiday, “Notes From the Heart Healer” (8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Hallmark) reimagines the ancient fable of the foundling child in the safe and cozy confines of Hallmark movie conventions.

Genie Francis reprises her role (“The Note” and “Taking a Chance on Love”) as advice columnist Peyton MacGruder. You know this is a fantasy when we learn that her compilation of old columns has been turned into a best-seller! She travels to a picture-postcard village to do a signing at a thriving independent bookstore (!) and is surprised by the appearance of her fabulously successful husband and columnist (Ted McGinley), a guy so perfect they called him King!

After celebrating their first anniversary with Champagne toasts and engaging in yuppie banter about buying a sailboat, Peyton and King are surprised to find a baby at their front door. Little do they know it was abandoned by Violet (Laci Mailey), a fragile single mother inspired by words of affirmation that Peyton uttered during a local radio interview.

Will the intrusion of a stranger’s infant rekindle a maternal instinct Peyton abandoned decades before when she was pressured to give up her own baby for adoption? And can a comfortably middle-aged advice-dispenser live up to her platitudes?

• The one hour special “The Grammar of Happiness” (8 p.m., Smithsonian) profiles Daniel Everett, a missionary who moved his family to the Amazon rainforest to convert the Piraha people to Christianity. Instead, he was captivated by their culture and became an iconoclastic linguist, challenging prevailing theories about human language.

Saturday’s other highlights

• NASCAR action (5:30 p.m., Fox).

• Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom star in the 2007 sequel “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” (7 p.m., ABC).

• “Fish Tank Kings” (9 p.m., National Geographic Wild) profiles extreme aquarium builders.

• Will Ferrell hosts “Saturday Night Live” (10:30 p.m., NBC), featuring musical guest Usher.

Cult choice

A wife (Simone Signoret) and mistress (Vera Clouzot) conspire to kill their tormentor in director Henri-Georges Clouzot’s 1955 shocker “Diabolique” (7 p.m., TCM).

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