8 p.m. Thursday, May 18
The History Channel
(Comcast Ch. 70)
Though that box of salt you grab every couple of months at the grocery store might seem like the cheapest possible commodity these days, there was a time when salt was one of the most precious and coveted substances on earth (so precious, in fact, that Roman soldiers were once paid in salt — the root of the word “salary”). Here, the History Channel takes you inside some of the world’s most extensive salt mines — vast subterranean caverns where the work of filling your shaker goes on day and night.
Every Thursday in May
Turner Classic Movies (Comcast Ch. 30)
Though watching a lot of programming on TCM can get a little tiresome after awhile, Turner has decided to spice up its decidedly white-bread lineup this month with a series of Thursday night films dedicated to Spanish-language classics from the golden age of Mexican cinema. On May 19, starting at 7 p.m., four films are on deck: “El Compadre Mendoza” (1934), the tale of a landowner playing both sides of the fence during a revolution; at 8:30 p.m., “Vamonoscon Pancho Villa” (1936), in which peasants join Villa’s army; at 10:15 p.m., “Aventurera” (1949), the story of an orphaned girl trying to make her way in the big city; and at 12:15 a.m., “Macario” (1960), in which a poor man makes a deal with the Grim Reaper. Grab the salsa and enjoy.
9 p.m. Wednesday, May 25
HGTV (Comcast Ch. 49)
If you live in one, please forgive us, but there are some f’ugly houses in Little Rock. You know what we’re talking about: chili and turquoise paint scheme, cracked sidewalk, bushes that haven’t been trimmed since Carter was in the White House. Going home to an ugly house can ruin your whole night. Trust us — in our day, we’ve lived in some houses that only a paid demolition crew could love. That’s why we like HGTV’s series “Curb Appeal” so much. Using basic techniques like landscaping and paint matching, the “CA” team breathes new life into some of America’s homeliest homes. This week, they take a ranch-style snoozer into the 21st century.