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But I suspect Rihanna 777 is a better showcase for her talents (i.e., singing and striking trashy poses) than American Idol or The X Factor, which would require skills outside her area of expertise (i.e., talking).

Newlyweds: The First Year (9pm Mon, Bravo)
Bravo’s series about four fledgling couples notes that 50 percent of American marriages end in divorce. I wonder if that number rises to 100 percent for couples who allow reality-show cameras into their bedrooms. Such lovebirds don’t mind if people see them bickering, or making love, or revealing intimate details. Can a marriage last if a woman tells a national TV audience that her husband “farts all the time”? Should it?

The only ones who appear to have a chance in Newlyweds: The First Year are the gay couple. While the three male-female pairs flaunt their immaturity, Jeff and Blair are able to talk through their problems like adults. They exhibit a sense of perspective in their relationship, as when Jeff says, “It’s just a matter of us learning that we won’t always be who we want the other to be.”

To judge from Newlyweds, gay people might be traditional marriage’s last, best hope.

Dear Mom, Love Cher (9pm Mon, Lifetime)
Where on Earth did Cher come from? I never thought about it before, but it couldn’t be anywhere normal, right? Dear Mom, Love Cher affirms that the unconventional singer/actress/force of nature did indeed emerge from an unconventional background. The documentary is Cher’s affectionate portrait of her mother, Georgia Holt, who didn’t conform to Norman Rockwell’s ideal of the post-World War II housewife. She married seven times and mostly raised her two daughters by herself while living in poverty on the fringes of the Hollywood dream. Georgia had walk-on roles as “the beautiful girl” on Ozzie and Harriet and I Love Lucy but never struck it rich, as her Arkansas family thought she might. In the meantime, she slid around the era’s repressive social norms, determined to set her own course. Now in her 80s, Georgia is embarking on an unlikely singing career.

Dear Mom, Love Cher reminds me how much I love the fringes of the Hollywood dream.

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