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HGTV offers tips from a ‘Real Housewife’

September 10, 2011

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Looking for a ridiculous respite from the weekend’s mournful drumbeat? You can crash “Dina’s Party” (9 p.m., HGTV), starring Dina Manzo, a professional interior designer best known for her appearance in the reality train wreck “Real Housewives of New Jersey.”

Manzo’s decorations are not for the long haul. She seems to specialize in parties and other ephemeral events. Over the course of the series she’ll transform people’s homes into thematic wonderlands for a Copacabana-style housewarming, a co-ed baby shower, a vow-renewal party and a very pink wedding ceremony.

First up is a high-school prom for grown-ups. Collaborating with the host couple, who went to separate high schools and proms, Manzo concocts a balloon-crazed extravaganza somehow modeled on a Vincent van Gogh painting. Don’t ask.

Like her guests and like the party, Manzo never takes herself terribly seriously, a plus in a world that appears to be about as deep as the painted foam-core decorations and pretty ribbons that hold the whole shebang together. The most annoying and slightly pathetic parts of the show are Manzo’s repeated reminders that “this is an event people will remember forever!”

Saturday 9/11 programs

• The 2006 drama “Flight 93” (7 p.m., A&E).

• “Beyond 9/11: Portraits of Resilience” (7 p.m., CNN).

• “Voices From Inside the Towers” (8 p.m., History).

• Paul McCartney’s benefit concert following 9/11 is recalled in “The Love We Make” (8 p.m., Showtime).

• “Messages From 9/11” (9 p.m., Bio).

Tonight’s other highlights

• NASCAR racing (6:30 p.m., ABC) and U.S. Open tennis (7 p.m., CBS).

• Aliens on ice on “Doctor Who” (8 p.m., BBC America). A repeat episode titled “Best of Monsters” follows at 9 p.m.

• A creature out of “Alice in Wonderland” comes to life in the 2011 shocker “Jabberwock” (8 p.m., Syfy).

• Scheduled on “48 Hours Mystery” (9 p.m., CBS): the release of the West Memphis 3.

Cult choice

A governess (Deborah Kerr) fears that her young charges have been corrupted by evil spirits in the 1961 shocker “The Innocents” (9 p.m., TCM). Based on “The Turn of the Screw” by Henry James.

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