9 p.m. Thursday, April 14
Bravo (Comcast Ch. 50)
A lot of us tend to gripe about the crummy movies coming out of Hollywood, but when was the last time you did anything about it? That’s the premise behind this reality show from HBO and Bravo. Backed by the star-power cred of Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, a rookie screenwriting team and a first-time director are given a $3.5 million budget to make a movie. While results produced in past seasons have been money-losing flops, this year “Greenlight” hopes to strike it rich in horror, pairing with scare-master Wes Craven and Dimension Studios. With a whiny, antisocial director who sees nothing wrong with trying to load the cast with his kinfolks, to the screenwriting pair who are already chasing after other movie deals before the first one is finished, it might not make for a good film, but it sure makes for good television.
11 a.m. Saturday, April 16
AETN (Comcast Ch. 3, Broadcast Ch. 2)
For some, gardening is easy — a relaxing and rewarding collaboration with nature that ends in tasty vegetables or beautiful flowers. But for many with a brown thumb, planting something in the ground and waiting for it to grow is about as fruitful as burying a nickel and waiting for the cash to spring up. Here, watch in your bee- and poison ivy-free living room as Smith walks us through the steps to planting — and keeping alive — irises, tulips and all those other flowers that grow from bulbs.
9 p.m. Sunday, April 17
AETN (Comcast Ch. 3, Broadcast Ch. 2)
Though a lot of people might dream of going back to a simpler, more innocent time, the truth of the matter is: The good old days really, really sucked. To prove the point, PBS and its British counterpart created this reality show series, in which participants are made to dress, live and work as authentically to a given time as possible. (Previous incarnations have included “World War II House,” where Brits suffered rationing and bomb shelters; “1900 House,” which pitted participants against the restricting morals and even more restrictive ideas of Victorian life, and “Frontier House,” which had American families roughing it on the wild frontier.) This go-round, a group of “settlers” stakes a claim on the rocky New England seacoast and tries to make a life there. In episode two of eight, the settlers try planting maize and trading with Indians.