Saturday on TV – 8/9/08

Saturday is the series premiere of Hope for Your Home on TLC at 8:30/7:30c. Hosted by real estate expert Kirsten Kemp Becker (TLC’s Property Ladder), it lends a hand to homeowners in financial need, by giving them critical resources to make improvements to their property. The goal is to add enough value to their home so they can either refinance their mortgage or make the best possible sale. Kirsten advises the homeowners on what improvements will actually increase a home’s value, while a contractor ensures that all projects are done properly and safely. Once the improvements are complete, a real estate agent and a mortgage broker tour the home, examine the upgrades, and determine a market value. In the end, the homeowners are empowered to decide if they should stay in their newly renovated home, or sell their home and find something more affordable for their family.

It’s also the series premiere of Primeval on BBC America at 9/8c. Click here to read about it, as it is kind of spoilery: When evolutionary zoologist Nick Cutter (Douglas Henshall) discovers prehistoric creatures alive and well in the present-day, the natural world is turned on its head, and humanity faces a threat to its very existence. Unexplained anomalies are ripping holes in the fabric of time, allowing creatures from the very earliest stages of Earth’s development to roam the modern world. Whether it’s a prehistoric predator Gorgonopsid rampaging through a quiet suburban neighborhood or a swarm of super-sized spiders in the subway, Cutter and his team find themselves up against some seriously beastly opponents. These puzzling creatures all have the same simple fact in common – they don’t belong here. While Cutter and his team struggle to keep the looming disaster under wraps, Cutter also has to deal the fact that his wife, Helen, a fellow scientist who disappeared eight years ago, is not dead as he believed. In fact, she’s been traveling through time. However, now she’s back, and she holds the key to the riddle of the anomalies. But is it something she’s willing to share? If not, what does she really want? Why did she come back? Cutter, his research assistant Stephen Hart, zoologist Abby Maitland, and student paleontologist Connor Temple race to understand what’s happening, while government bureaucrats James Lester and Claudia Brown insist they have to keep the danger secret from the public. As the past threatens to invade the present and destroy the future, Cutter’s crew faces a life-and-death race against time.

Finally, tonight’s 4-hour block of Olympic coverage includes: Swimming finals: men’s 400m freestyle, 400m individual medley, women’s 400m individual medley, 4x100m freestyle relay; beach volleyball, USA match; gymnastics, men’s team competition. All on NBC starting at 8/7c.

Also on tonight:

  • *Series Premiere*Hope for Your Home – TLC @ 8:30/7:30c
  • *Series Premiere*Primeval – BBC America @ 9/8c
  • *Special*2008 Summer Olympic Games – NBC @ 8/7c (Night 2 of 17)
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