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Wednesday: "The Big 4-0" -- hurray for midlife-crisis television! Plus: What did you think of "Work Out" on Tuesday?

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How will you (or did you) celebrate your 40th birthday? With a divorce? That’s what appears to be in the cards for a woman named Tonya from Nashville, Tenn., whose marriage seems to be faltering after 20 years. Instead, on the reality show “The Big 4-0″ (10 p.m. EDT on TV Land), her three friends plan a tropical vacation for her that’s anything but tragic. Hurray for midlife-crisis television!

Also…

The USS Nimitz finally leaves the Persian Gulf and then runs into a storm in the Indian Ocean on “Carrier” (9 p.m. EDT on PBS, check listings), while spy sensation “MI-5″ airs at 9 p.m. on BBC America. The cheftestants have to microwave a healthy meal on “Top Chef” (10 p.m. on Bravo), and “Man Caves” explains how to make the perfect basement space for your manimal … er, husband (10 p.m. on DIY).

Last night

What did you think of the “Work Out” pageant on Tuesday? Go here to discuss.



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