“The Carrie Diaries” Returns with Samantha and “Bridegroom” Makes Its TV Debut


Is there really a dearth of gay men on TV in comparison to lesbians? Yeah, right now it feels like there are more lesbian and bisexual female characters on TV, but I remember when things were the other way around with a lot more gay male visibility. I’d like to think the question of who has more representation is a pendulum that will swing back in our direction.

Good news, Marvey fans, Suits will return for a fourth season.


In sad news, James St. James announced that Codie Leone has died. Those of you who watched Liquid Television would know Leone as one of the stars of the campy “Art School Girls of Doom”. Our thoughts are with her loved ones in this difficult time.

Has Sons of Anarchy become an unexpected advocate for transgender equality?

Do we really have to pick a side?



The upcoming NBC supernatural drama Believe has added a recurring role for Marianne Jean-Baptiste, according to TV Guide.

On almost-related news, ABC is adapting an Australian drama Secrets & Lies about a family man who discovers a body and finds himself the prime suspect for the murder.  Am I alone in feeling disappointed that this isn’t a TV adaptation of the 1996 movie?

Naya Rivera tells E! that she thinks Santana should get a spin-off series. If Rivera is willing to star in such a show, I’m pretty sure there are plenty of us willing to tune in.

Demi Lovado and Naya Rivera in "Glee"

Is Trophy Wife TV’s best new sitcom family? Time and Jezebel think so, and I’m enjoying seeing a different kind of modern family.

As if Reign didn’t sound crazy enough, The CW’s next period drama sounds just freaking amazing. Players would be set in the 1930s and follow a woman whose sister was killed by a movie studio boss. She moves to LA to avenge her sister but ends up becoming the next silver screen ingenue, which includes the role of a closeted movie star’s beard.

Friday’s Listings

The Rachael Ray Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Are you ready for Halloween tops from the one and only Julie Andrews? That’s what Rachael has to offer today.

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Will shares his exciting news with Sami, you know, that writing fellowship.

The Carrie Diaries (CW) 8:00 PM ET
This time last year, my love of Sex and the City had faded thanks to two movies that seemed intent on emphasizing its worst qualities for posterity. A prequel series on The CW sounded incredibly unappealing. However, I gave The Carrie Diaries a chance and it worked as a reminder of why the series was so charming when it debuted. Not only does it reflect on the 80s in a way that isn’t silly caricature (I’m looking at you Goldbergs), Carrie’s high school pals were a great way to spend an hour of television. At this point, they’ve got me excited at tonight’s debut of Samantha Jones.

AnnaSophia Robb, Brendan Dooling, Ellen Wong, Chloe Bridges and Lindsey Gort in "The Carrie Diaries"

Clara’s Deadly Secret (LMN) 8:00 PM ET
LMN gets into the Halloween spirit with the classic tale of a family that moves into a new home, only to realize the place is haunted. This one stars Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place alum Richard Ruccolo, which means it would work as a sad double feature with the Amityville Horror remake.

The Hunters (Hallmark) 8:00 PM ET
Do you feel like a little is lost by having Robbie Amell in a show where he has super powers but isn’t based on a comic book like Arrow? The Hallmark Channel has your answer with this movie based on the comic Mirror Mirror (yeah, me neither), and has Amell as a man who works with his sister to seek their parents, a pair who hunted fairy-tale artifacts. Plus, much like how The Tomorrow People follows Arrow, this movie airs a week after Stephen Amell’s Hallmark movie.

Robbie Amell in "The Hunters"

Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) 9:00 PM ET
Terry O’Quinn returns, having just missed the other Lost reunion, but should we be worried that this episode is titled “Fallen Hero”?

Grimm (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
Just as Grimm finally started becoming the show fans wanted — with a new Scooby Gang forming and Juliet finally learning why living with Nick suddenly became so weird — Nick gets poisoned and kidnapped. Since I usually liked to see the classic Scoobies try to handle a crisis without Buffy, I’m looking forward to this.

David Giuntoli in "Grimm"

Springsteen & I (Showtime) 9:00 PM ET
Showtime looks at the way Bruce Spingsteen and his music makes a such strong impression on his fans. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that includes the fans who appreciate his stand for equality.

Haven (Syfy) 9:00 PM ET
This week’s Haven is all about naughty, naked Nate in strict Ms. Audrey’s class. Okay, actually, there’s a trouble where is appears people are getting killed in their dreams, which turned out to be a good excuse — for strictly. character. development. reasons. — to work in about Nate’s thoughts about Audrey and her board of education.

Emily Rose in "Haven"

Comedy Bang! Bang! (IFC) 10:00 PM ET
Things get spooky at the Comedy Bang! Bang! set and who better to help the atmosphere than Pee Wee Herman?

Dracula (NBC) 10:00 PM ET
Sure, this wave of vampires in pop culture may be fading, but no one tried retelling the tale of the original vampire. And this one stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers, the guy who made British royals sexy. There are some solid starting points, hopefully it will come togehter.

NBC's Dracula
Hello Ross (E!) 10:00 PM ET
Ross is also getting into the Halloween spirit with some kind of surprise.

Strike Back: Origins (Cinemax) 10:00 PM ET
The high-octane action of Strike Back has been successful enough for Cinemax that they’re digging back to the original Strike Back, back before Andrew Lincoln was stuck in the zombie apocalypse.

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC) 11:35 PM ET
Not only is Wanda Sykes making a return visit, tonight’s guest list has NBC news fave Richard Engel.

Saturday’s Listings

Zombie Night (Syfy) 9:00 PM ET
Daryl Hannah and Anthony Michael Hall join the latest Syfy movie as two families take shelter from a zombie apocalypse. They face the usual debate between being civilized and helping other people in need and prioritizing personal survival.

Daryl Hannah in "Zombie Night"

The Graham Norton Show (BBC America 10:00 PM ET
This week brings Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Katy Perry and Paul McCartney.

Saturday Night Live (NBC) 11:30 PM ET
SNL returns just in time for Halloween with Edward Norton and musical guest Janelle Monae.

Sunday’s Listings

Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited (BBC America) 8:00 PM ET
And now we reach the David Tennant era, when one everywoman became overbearing, one brilliant lady was criminally unappreciated, a hot omnisexual guy was only himself around the Doctor, and a sharp intuition got to blossom, only to be sharply pruned.

David Tennant, Freema Agyeman and John Barrowman in "Doctor Who"Ah, I miss those days.

The Amazing Race (CBS) 8:00 PM ET
With such a tantalizing dangling plot thread like the second express pass, I guess it wasn’t a big surprise to see things end with a ’to be continued’. Things get even more tense as they add a double U-turn into the mix. Last season, it was amazing to see a team get eliminated while still having an unused express pass. Perhaps we’ll get to see one get eliminated with two passes?

Once Upon a Time (ABC) 8:00 PM ET
David and Hook take on one final quest they hope will help them beat the poison that’s killing him.

The Walking Dead (AMC) 9:00 PM ET
Daryl pulls a Lori, managing to get into a car accident without any other cars on the road — only this time a crowd of zombies come out to check if they’re alright. Or edible.

The Walking DaedCrying’s over, there’s a new badass among the survivors.

Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime) 9:00 PM ET
Just as Jane was starting to feel like she was getting a hang of her new life, in walks Deb’s mom needing a lawyer.

Revenge (ABC) 9:00 PM ET
Something something Emily fears she’s losing control of Daniel after he makes a startling announcement… Oh, can’t we just skip to the Nolan and Patrick parts?

Justin Hartley and Gabriel Mann in "Revenge"

The Good Wife (CBS) 9:00 PM ET
This is it. It’s time for war to break out between Lockhart Gardener and Florrick Argos now that Alicia and Cary’s plan to start their own firm has been discovered. This is the beginning of things getting dramatic.

Oprah’s Next Chapter (OWN) 9:00 PM ET
Wanda Sykes, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Dan Bucatinsky sit down with Oprah for a discussion about being out in Hollywood and how gay visibility has changed since the day when Ellen DeGeneres made such a wave by coming out.

Wanda Sykes, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Dan Bucatinsky in "Oprah's Net Chapter"


Talking Dead (AMC) 10:00 PM ET
Marilyn Manson and Jack Osbourne discuss this week’s episode.

Bridegroom (OWN) 10:00 PM ET
The heartbreaking tale of Shane Bitney Crone and his partner Tom Bridegroom graduates from viral video to full documentary. If you’re not familiar with the story of Bridegroom’s sudden death and how his family prevented Crone from attending his partners funeral, now’s your chance.


The Witches of East End (Lifetime) 10:00 PM ET
Sure, in theory, we know Freya didn’t kill Penelope but we haven’t seen her since the choking incident. However, this week she finally reappears to ask Freya to try to get Dash and Killian to reconcile. I guess all that offscreen time was to let us know how little she knows about her sons.

What will you be watching this weekend? Please share in the comments!

Lyle Masaki is a fan of obscure superheroes, video games, adorkable guys and that show you loved that got cancelled way too soon.