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Tune In: HGTV show has style but lacks substance

February 26, 2011

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“Secrets of a Stylist” (8 p.m., HGTV) may sound like a show set in a hair salon, but it’s the new showcase for Emily Henderson, the winner of season 5 of “HGTV Design Star.”

People used to watch HGTV to learn how to fix their kitchens themselves. Now they tune in to see HGTV audition people to appear on other HGTV shows. If you still want to learn how to grout, turn to DIY, where the hosts merely aspire to HGTV status.

Most people have a personal style, or a desire for one. A former prop stylist, Henderson helps homeowners get a handle on their own tastes with a procedure she calls a personalized “style diagnostic” that is not unlike the Q&A process involved in online dating sites. This comes in handy when trying to coordinate the personal preferences of a couple.

In the first episode, she encounters a couple who agree on little except a shared notion that their decor just doesn’t work. Using her design audit, she determines that while the wife prefers “Hollywood Regency,” he’s more given to “Country Club Chic.” Can their styles blend? Can this marriage be saved?

• Joel McHale (“Community” and “The Soup”) hosts the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards (9 p.m., IFC).

• The Air Force reconsiders its decision to allow visitors into its legendary super-secret lab after a captured alien escapes in the 2011 shocker “Area 51” (8 p.m., Syfy), directed by Jason Connery, the son of Sean Connery, star of James Bond legend and, perhaps more relevant to Syfy goofy movie franchise, the star of “Zardoz.”

Today’s highlights

• Catch nine hours of cautionary tales about clutter with a “Hoarders” (6 p.m., A&E) marathon.

• Feeling boar-ed? Watch feral swine and the men who pursue them on the six-hour marathon of “Hogs Gone Wild” (7 p.m., Discovery).

• Will Smith departs from summer blockbuster mode to star in the 2006 drama “The Pursuit of Happyness” (7 p.m., ABC), a convincing and inspirational portrait of a homeless man with a son and a dream.

• “Must Love Cats” (7 p.m., Animal Planet) visits points south.

• A teen vampire (Craig Roberts) proves rather impulsive on “Being Human” (8 p.m., BBC America).

• Did you ever want a refund after only watching the coming attractions? I felt that way after watching the trailer for “Couples Retreat” (8:30 p.m., HBO), the 2009 Vince Vaughn comedy.

• Scheduled on “48 Hours Mystery” (9 p.m., CBS): A serial killer is stopped by a teen.

• Ashton Kutcher appears on “The Graham Norton Show” (9 p.m., BBC America).

• Anne Hathaway hosts “Saturday Night Live” (10:30 p.m., NBC), featuring musical guest Florence and the Machine.

Saturday series

Gang related on “Hawaii Five-O” (7 p.m., CBS) ... Gang mediators on “Harry’s Law” (7 p.m., NBC) ... On back-to-back episodes of “Cops” (Fox), Sacramento (7 p.m.), Nevada (7:30 p.m.) ... A first date ends very badly on “The Mentalist” (8 p.m., CBS)

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