This weekend’s gay TV sees two highly-anticipated debuts with Starz’s Roman empire drama Spartacus: Blood and Sand and Battlestar Galatica prequel Caprica. Add the Screen Actors Guild Awards, a new episode of Shameless and more of Big Love’s Alby and Dale and you might need to clear some DVR drive space.
It all starts off with a Nuke day for As the World Turns as Luke continues to try to get eye surgery for Noah. Be sure to join us for a liveblog starting at 2PM Eastern!
As the World Turns (CBS) Check local listings
After Dr. Reid agrees to perform the surgery on Noah, he decides it’ll be more difficult than he has time. I suspect Dr. Reid is about to learn what happens when you try to refuse a Snyder/Grimaldi.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Will & Grace fave Sean Hayes is supposed to be visiting Ellen today. Hopefully, he’ll be discussing his upcoming Broadway debut, where he’ll be sharing the stage with Kristen Chenoweth.
Hope for Haiti (multiple channels) Check local listings
Gay-fave Anderson Cooper will offer reports from Haiti in this benefit concert for Haiti. Performers include Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson, Shakira, and Sting. And if you’re TV is occupied on Friday nights, you can stream it live here.
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (BBC America) 9:00 PM EST
Ross’ guests this week include gay-fave comic/chameleon Catherine Tate.
Shameless (Sundance) 10:00 PM EST
When Paddy and Mimi are go away, Shane and Mickey decide to have a party. However, when they realise they don’t have the money for a nice party they try to work with the one Gallagher who might not be able to outwit them, Liam. Meanwhile, Monica’s mom shows up, hopefully she shows better parental skills than her daughter.
Caprica (SyFy) 9:00 PM EST
SyFy’s newest drama has been described as “Dallas with artificial intelligence instead of oil,” a soapy drama in the Battlestar Galatica universe. Unlike Galatica, this one is starting out with an out gay character which, hopefully, will mean a more satisfying character than Gaeta. Be sure to check out our interview with showrunner Jane Espenson (where you’ll find SPOILERS discussed) for some encouraging words to the potential of Caprica’s gay character.
Andy Whitfield as Spartacus
Spartacus: Blood & Sand (Starz) 10:00 PM EST
Starz dips into the mature-themed historical drama with this look at the warrior who organized a revolt among slaves. This retelling includes a gay gladiator, out actor Craig Parker, plenty of beefcake and gay-fave Lucy Lawless as a devious Roman noble.
The 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (TNT/TBS) 8:00 PM EST
This weekend sees “the only awards show where actors vote for actors” with Colin Firth nominated for his performance in A Single Man and nominations for Glee, True Blood and Modern Family.
The Graham Norton Show (BBC America) 10:00 PM EST
Graham revisits highlights from the season this week with a clip show. It’s only been a few weeks since it first aired but I could go for another look at Robert Downey, Jr. and Ed Byrne’s silent movie.
The Wanda Sykes Show (Fox) 11:00 PM EST
Last week was the second week in a row that Wanda has had a gay man on her panel, dare we hope for a third? Considering that this week’s news includes a Cosmo-centerfold-turned-Senator-elect, this week’s discussion could use a gay man’s perspective.
Big Love (HBO) 9:00 PM EST
As the Henricksons continue to pursue their different career paths, this week promises things will take another big step forward for Alby and Dale.
Big Love’s Dale (Ben Koldyke) and Alby (Matt Ross)
The Worst Cooks in America (Food Network) 10:00 PM EST
This week’s lessons include making fresh pasta, which is the first lesson that sounds overly ambitious to me. Previous challenges included dishes that were much simpler than they looked, wrapping a basic lesson in an intimidating guise, but making pasta is something that has challenged me for years. After that, they learn they have to put together a party for 30 guests. Since Marque almost got the boot last week, hopefully he’ll be able do better this week.
Daytime Preview for Monday, January 25
Live with Regis and Kelly (syndicated) Check local listings
With a new season of State of the Union getting ready to debut, gay-fave Tracey Ullman is scheduled to visit. Hopefully, she’ll bring a clip of her as Rachel Maddow.