HISTORIC BRIDGES OF ARKANSAS
6:30 p.m. Friday, March 3
AETN (Comcast Ch. 3, Broadcast Ch. 2)
In travel, as in relationships, you really don’t know how important and valuable bridges are until they’re gone. Luckily for us — in terms of bricks and mortar bridges, anyway — we live in a very poor state. So poor, in fact, that while a richer state might have long since blown up and replaced most of our historic and/or rickety spans with spanking new concrete, we have a number of bridges still hanging around from early in the last century. Here, the good folks at AETN take you on a video safari in search of some of the oldest and most historic bridges in the state, some of which have been keeping our feet dry for well over a hundred years.
8:30 p.m. Sunday, March 5
HGTV (Comcast Ch. 49)
Though this writer lives in a house so traditional it might have been drawn by a crayon-wielding first grader, we’ve always admired those souls willing to make a go of it in a non-traditional space — an old factory, garage, or storefront. While these aren’t for everyone, for the adventurous, they can make for fun and funky living quarters. Here, in its new show “Rezoned,” HGTV visits a number of spaces that once had more to do with commerce than couches and chairs. Included this week: an Oregon grocery turned home, an Idaho warehouse turned loft, and a Nebraska typewriter factory transformed into studios and condominiums.
9 p.m. Wednesday, March 8
FX (Comcast Ch. 59)
Like it or not, one of the biggest and most volatile components of the American psyche is the racial divide — two Americas, black and white. In this innovative reality series from one of the most innovative networks on television, FX sets out to explore that divide. Here, in a new show produced by rapper Ice Cube, two families — one white and one black — are brought together to live in a single LA house. What’s more, with the help of Hollywood makeup artists, they are transformed into their racial opposites (blacks into whites, whites into blacks) and must venture out into the world to experience it through new eyes. Corny, yes. But it’ll probably make for some enlightening television, and we need all that we can get.