Winter TV Guide

Thanks to the ongoing writers
strike, are you suffering from Seasonal
Affective Disorder with Desperate
, Pushing Daisies and Gossip Girl having run out of
new episodes? Got the winter blues
because Ugly Betty, Brothers & Sisters, and Dirty Sexy
are about to close up their gay-friendly shops?

Cheer up TV enthusiasts,
there’s still plenty of GLBT themed television to watch while you cuddle up on
the couch with your companion of choice. Whether its reality, drama, comedy,
specials, or movies you’re interested in, we’ve got you covered.

Gay Interest Prime-Time
Shows Ending Soon:

Ugly Betty (ABC)

Ends: January 24

If you’ve loved the
gender-changing Alex, the pre-twinking Justin, and Marc’s (Michael Urie) new romance with the
adorable Cliff (David Blue), then I can only imagine how crushed you are to see Ugly
go in a couple of weeks. Has the writers’ strike squashed any chance
at longterm happiness for Marc and Cliff? Only
time will tell.

Brothers & Sisters

Ends: February 17

With all the backstage drama
over at Brothers & Sisters, I’m
glad to see that the show continues to thrive this season. Uncle Saul (Ron Rifkin) has
finally made his way out of the closet only to find that he doesn’t have much
to do. Meanwhile, Kevin’s (Matthew Rhys) on-again-off-again relationship with Scotty continues
to make him one of television’s most dysfunctional yet adorable gay characters.

Dirty Sexy Money (ABC)

Ends: TBD

Alec Baldwin’s not the only Baldwin having a career spike at the moment (and we don’t
mean homophobic Stephen’s turn on Celebrity
). William Baldwin has
proven fearless in his portrayal of Patrick Darling, a politician torn between
what his head and what his heart tell him.
His relationship with Candis Cayne’s transgender character Carmelita has
been a highlight of Dirty Sexy Money
and one that has never been exploited for cheap laughs. ABC has not announced when they’ll burn off
the rest of the new episodes, but we’ll anxiously await the return of New York’s richest and
bitchiest family, the Darlings.

Gay Interest Shows that are
currently airing:

Alien Boot Camp (Logo)

Airs: Fridays, 10 p.m. EST

You know how you collect pulpy
erotica, vintage Easy Bake ovens, or leather?
The gang behind Logo’s (’s parent company) Alien Boot Camp collects the best in
queer animation so we don’t have to spend all day at work scouring the Internet
looking for these hysterical shorts.
Whether you like traditional animation, claymation, or computer
generated comics, Alien Boot Camp
delivers the gay goods.

American Gladiators (NBC)

Airs: Mondays, 8 p.m. EST

The Winter Gay Games aren’t
being televised, or are they? NBC has
resurrected the most homoerotic television event of my youth and this time it’s
even gayer than I remembered. With this
amount of muscle and man on man action, I’m surprised we’re not
being charged a monthly fee to watch American Gladiators.

As The World Turns (CBS

Airs: Daily, 2 p.m. EST

Daytime’s cutest couple (now
that Rosie and Elisabeth aren’t there to entertain), Luke and Noah have endured
a love triangle, a psychotic disapproving father, a trip to the 1800’s,
paralysis (of course) and still they long for each other. Look for more promised screen-time in 2008 and
remember to follow along as our very own Brian Juergens liveblogs all of the
adorable and often shirtless daytime drama.

Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie

Airs: Mondays, 8 p.m. EST

Carrie Ann is a former Fly
Girl, former Madonna dancer, and current outspoken diva on Dancing with the Stars.
Bruno’s some guy with an accent, pants two sizes too small in the crotch
and a bitchy comment for everything.
Together they’re working over some hot-bodied dancers in a reality
competition that mixes So You Think You
Can Dance
with American Idol.

How to Look Good Naked (Lifetime)

Airs: Fridays, 9 p.m. EST

Queer Eye’s resident fashion guru Carson Kressley ditches his boys
(and clothes altogether) as he teaches women how to look and feel good in their
own skin. This British import has a big
heart and delivers big laughs. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and I can promise you
it really will be better than Cats!

Kyle XY (ABC Family)

Airs: Mondays, 9 p.m. EST

Heartthrob Matt Dallas can’t go
out in public without flashing his tight abs and arresting eyes, but I’ve yet
to find a problem with that scenario. Don’t let the fact that Kyle is on ABC
Family fool you. This charming coming of
age sci-fi tale is full of X-Files lite conspiracies, surprisingly witty
dialogue, and plenty of shirtless Matt Dallas.
Season 2 introduced a recurring character named Andy, and Andy has two
mommies! Now that’s a family we can all
rally around.

Make Me a Supermodel (Bravo)

Airs: Thursdays, 10 p.m. EST

Ex-Supermodels Niki "The
Mole" Taylor and Tyson "Break Me Off a Piece of That" Beckford
host Bravo’s newest gay-friendly reality competition that boasts one of the
hottest out contestants in reality show history: Ronnie Kroell. This show promises lots of attitude, plenty
of fierce catwalking, and hopefully a healthy overdose of skin as each week the
model wannabes compete to become the next big thing. The viewers decide who stays and who goes,
but I’m not counting on Ronnie being in the Bottom 3 any time soon.

Men in Trees (ABC)

Airs: Fridays, 8 p.m.

Anne Heche has been many things
throughout her career. The one time
lesbian icon married a man, then shacked up with her adorable co-star James
Tupper, and let’s not forget Celestia, that intergalactic space chick. On Men
In Trees
she’s much more grounded as Marin Frist, a writer that moved to
Alaska where the men grow on trees and it’s dark for months on end. Hairdresser
Terri (out comedian/actor Mario Cantone) has an occasional role and a barely
there relationship with George (Orlando Jones). Nineteen episodes were filmed
before the writers’ strike so there’s plenty of drama to sink your teeth into.

Nip/Tuck (FX)

Airs: Tuesdays, 10 p.m. EST

Can you imagine a show that
rivals The Janice Dickinson Modeling
for male nudity? Nip/Tuck, which has managed to
relentlessly push the envelope for five seasons, is the one program that comes
close with leads Dylan Walsh and Julian McMahon frequently dropping trou. Thus
far this season we’ve already included sexual reassignment surgery, yet another
Rosie guest appearance, and Freddie Prune (Oliver Platt) coming out as a proud
(and stereotypical) gay man. The addition of Bradley Cooper has only made the
show more watchable.

Project Runway (Bravo)

Airs: Wednesdays, 10 p.m. EST

Two words: Tim Gunn. Always making it work for the gays, Project Runway once again proved a
breeding ground for all types of queer characters. Jack Mackenroth took it all off for the
photographers, but his teary exit is what he’ll be remembered for most. (Okay
I’m lying. Did you see those pictures?) Hotshot Christian thinks he’s the new
Jay, while Chris is the comeback queen with drag roots and big dreams. But my
money’s on Rami, who’s the sexiest thing to hit fashion since Tom Ford’s chest

Terminator: The Sarah Connor

Airs: Mondays, 9 p.m. EST

While there’s a lack of GLBT
content and actors on Terminator: The
Sarah Connor Chronicles
, how can you ignore a show with two kick-ass female
action heroes? 300’s female lead (wait – there were women in that movie?) Lena
Headey takes over the iconic role of Sarah Connor, the mother of the
resistance. But this time around she’s not teaming up with the Governator.
Instead, Firefly/The 4400’s acrobatic
ace Summer Glau steps in to become the newest Terminator sent to save John
Connor (played by former Heroes star
Thomas Dekker). Yes, the scandal over
the de-gaying of Dekker’s Heroes
character Zach still intrigues us, and that’s as good a reason as any to watch.

The Janice Dickinson
Modeling Agency

Airs: Tuesdays, 10:30 p.m. EST

The so-called "World’s
First Supermodel" has taken modeling to a new level…of crazy! The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency has
thus far featured more male nudity than every other show combined in the
history of television. To be fair, it’s
also gone to a new level of gay inclusiveness as well with at least three out
models being featured. Out hottie J.P. Calderon continues to get plenty of
screen time, and this week we even tagged along on his blind date with a fellow
JDMA model. Is a special Valentine’s Day episode in the
works? Stay tuned.

The Wire (HBO)

Airs: Sundays, 10 p.m. EST

The Wire returns for its
final season and everyone’s dying to know what happens to gay drug-dealer and
resident homothug Omar (Michael K. Williams). But I say let’s hear it for the
girl… Baltimore’s
lesbian detective Shakima Greggs (Sonja Sohn). Like most
critically acclaimed dramas, the buzz is huge, but the audience is small in
comparison. If you’re not watching The Wire, take the time this winter to
acquaint yourself with a part of Baltimore
that even John Waters wouldn’t touch.


Winter Premiere Dates for
LGBT Interest Programming:

American Idol (FOX)

Premieres: January 15

Airs: Tuesdays, Wednesdays (and
then some)

Once this reality freight train
starts, it’s hard to stop it. So why not just embrace the madness and ride it
out all winter long? Host Ryan Seacrest
and Judge Simon Cowell have the biggest gayest bromance on television, but is
that a good thing? Will the new season include more gay-baiting or might this
be the year we finally get an out American Idol who speaks to the millions of
GLBT youth that will be tuning in each night?

Reno 911! (Comedy Central)

Premieres: January 16

Airs: Wednesdays, 10:30 p.m.

Who wears short shorts? Lt. Dangle and those hot pants are working
overtime as Reno
! enters its fifth season. The wacky gang of unlikely officers return
for another round of partially improvised, fully un-PC comedy. You have to love a show that satirizes the
horrors of racism, sexism and homophobia all while making you wet yourself with

Real World/Road Rules
Gauntlet 3

Premieres: January 23

Airs: Wednesdays, 10 p.m. EST

While both the Real World
and Road Rules are dinosaurs culturally, there is no denying that they
cast some of the hardest bodies on television.
Week after week these reality alumni battle for cash and prizes, but the
real action takes place back at the house.
Historically queer contenders like Shane, Tyler, Rachel and Ruthie
compete with the best of them, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t secretly rooting
for mansicles like Derek, Abe, Alton
and Theo as well. Don’t forget the gay-friendly
divas like Coral, Beth, Tina and Veronica.
Gauntlet 3 will pit Rookies against Veterans so expect a lot of
sex and bare chested brawling.

Real Momentum (Logo)

Premieres: January 19

Airs: Saturday, 8 p.m. EST

Logo’s series of documentaries about the lives of gay people around the world
is back for another season. Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin launches the
new season with a special two-hour debut about the life of this remarkable gay
civil rights leader. Other episodes include Out on the Job, Maestro,
and Dangerous Living: Coming Out in the Developing World. Even with the
writers’ strike, there is more to watch than just competition reality shows.

Torchwood (BBC America)

Premieres: January 26

Airs: Saturdays, 9 p.m. EST

This Doctor Who spin-off
continues to pave its own path of greatness in both the sci-fi and gay
communities. Created by out scribe
Russell T. Davies and featuring television’s first bisexual time traveler, I
had high hopes for Torchwood’s first season and it never disappointed me. Hopefully
Season 2 will allow the show to grow and evolve, making way for even more
action. And by action, I mean some
serious man-on-man make-out sessions! Buffy’s
James Marsters guests in the first episode as Captain Jack’s
"ex-partner… in every way" and if there’s no Ianto/Jack action this
season, I’ll have officially lost faith in humanity.

New Adventures of Old

Premieres: February 4

Airs: Mondays, 9:30 p.m. EST

Christine’s back and while I’d
like to say gayer than ever, I have no proof of that. Old Christine has
featured a few gay related storylines and Joe (Charles Esten), the brother of
Christine’s ex, is gay, so that’s a start. Throw in the brilliant comedian
Wanda Sykes and the damn sexy Blair Underwood and how can you go wrong?

The Big Gay Sketch Show

Premieres: February 5

Airs: Tuesdays, 10:30 p.m. EST

Logo’s Big Gay Sketch Show returns for a second season of GLBT themed
skits and unique takes on popular culture.
BGSS promises to be bigger and
gayer than ever before in 2008. What do
Paula Deen, Super Liza and the Gay Facts
of Life
have in common with Tranny
or a gay werewolf? Find out as
these eight comedian/actors take the stage for the return of one of Logo’s
signature shows.

Survivor: Micronesia

Premieres: February 7

Airs: Thursdays, 8 p.m. EST

Can you believe it’s been 15
seasons since shockingly naked and gay Richard Hatch won the very first Survivor? It took 14 seasons for another GLBT member to
take the crown, but Survivor: China’s
Todd Herzog
studied, lived, and breathed the game and it paid off in a million
different ways. This season, things are
shaken up a bit when ten super fans challenge ten returning alumni at their own
game. Will Survivor: Micronesia’s
gay newbie Chet Welch use his beauty pageant coaching past to kill them with
kindness and take the crown? What about
lesbian Ami Cusack, the veteran from Survivor: Vanuatu? Are two gays are better than one? Let’s hope so!

Lipstick Jungle (NBC)

Premieres: February 7

Airs: Thursdays, 10 p.m. EST

From author Candace Bushnell (Sex and the City) comes a new show about
three female friends trying to make it to the top of New York City’s fashion and cultural elite.
Brooke Shields, Kim Raver, and Lindsay Price will be doing their best
impressions of Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte, but my question is “Who’s the new
Samantha?” And will these chic New
Yorkers have a gaggle of gays to accompany them through the laughs and tears?
We’ll have to tune in to find out.

Transamerican Love Story

Premieres: February 11

Airs: Mondays, 10 p.m. EST

Calpernia Addams, the
transgender actress, author, model and activist is bringing reality television
to its knees with Transamerican Love Story. Logo’s version of The Bachelorette will take reality dating shows to a new level
where there are no big shocking reveals and no secrets about Calpernia’s
transgender status. Accompanying
Calpernia on her quest for love is best gal pal Andrea James and host,
actor/comedian Alec Mapa. Expect lots of
laughs from James and Mapa as the eight contestants are whittled down to one to
see if Addams can find love Transamerican style.

Big Brother 9 (CBS)

Premieres: February 12

Airs: Tuesdays, Thursdays and

Big Brother’s first
winter edition kicks off this February and I’m hoping that the nippy 70 degree
weather in Southern California won’t mean less bikinis, underwear challenges,
and all around hot bodies being shown. While the cast has yet to be revealed, Big Brother’s track record cements this
show as one of the gayest reality shows on television. Can we count on colorful banter from a new
Will or Marcellas? How about some evil
backstabbing from Joe or Dustin 2.0?
Tune in as CBS’s hamsters turn into snow bunnies. It’s Big Brother 9: The Winter Edition.

Oprah’s Big Give (ABC)

Premieres: March 2

Airs: Sundays, 9 p.m. EST

Oprah’s main gay, interior
designer Nate Berkus hosts Oprah’s Big
, a new reality show that sends a group of do-gooders across the
country giving away hundreds of thousands of dollars to unsuspecting but
deserving strangers. Berkus will become
the first openly gay solo host of a network program, a milestone in gay
visibility on television. A panel of
celebrity judges including chef Jamie
, NFL player Tony
, and Chris Rock’s wife Malaak Compton-Rock will ultimately decide who goes on to become the
Biggest Giver.

Dirt (FX)

Premieres: March 2

Airs: Tuesdays, 10 p.m. EST

It’s hard to imagine too many
gay viewers being excited by the return of one of the most reviled shows to air
in recent memory. But Dirt will be
back along with the show’s sexually confused Leo Spiller (Will McCormack),
brother of Lucy Spiller (Courteney Cox, the show’s lead character and ruthless
tabloid publisher). Hopefully this season Leo won’t betray any more same-sex
lovers or stalk family members. But given this series’ first season, he’ll
likely get up to something just as bad and no doubt other salacious gay
storylines will occasionally crop up.


Premieres: March 10

Airs: Mondays 9 p.m. EST

John Amsterdam has a secret
(no, he’s not gay). He’s actually over 300 years old. Made immortal by an ancient Native American
spell, he roams the streets of New
York as a homicide detective catching the bad guys
and looking dashing while doing it.
Sadly, if this fine specimen of man meets his soul mate, he’s on a fast
track to old age. Love equals mortality in this new Fox drama that’s been
delayed since last fall.

The Riches (FX)

Premieres: March 10

Airs: Mondays 10 p.m. EST

Eddie Izzard and Minnie Driver return in the FX network’s surprise hit The Riches about a family of "Irish Travelers". Included in family is Sam who would rather dress like a girl if allowed. Currently there are no regular gay characters on the show, but past episodes have been queer-friendly including one where a woman’s husband is revealed to be gay, but the family stays together for various reasons.

The Return of Jezebel James

Premieres: March 14

Airs: Fridays, 8:30 p.m. EST

Raise your hand if you love
Parker Posey and want her to be your best friend? Starting March 14th you can hang with your
new BFF every Friday night as Fox finally airs The Return of Jezebel James, a comedy created by Gilmore Girls’
mastermind Amy Sherman-Palladino.
Jezebel James reunites two estranged and very different sisters (Sarah
and Coco) to see what happens when one carries
the baby of the other. Six Feet Under’s Lauren Ambrose costars
as Coco and Broadway’s Michael Arden stars as
Sarah’s assistant Buddy. We’re hoping he just might turn out to be gay because
aren’t all male office assistants?

Top Chef 4 (Bravo)

Premieres: March 19

Airs: Tuesdays, 10 p.m.

The contestants for the fourth season of Bravo’s hit competitive cooking show haven’t yet been announced, but we do know out judge Ted Allen will be returning. While it’s probably too much to hope that the finale will again come down to a gay man versus a bisexual man we are hoping there will be at least one queer contestant in the mix.

Dancing With the Stars 6

Premieres: March 19

Airs: Mondays and Tuesdays

ABC’s mega dance hit returns
for a sixth season with hosts Tom Bergeron and Samantha Harris. Look for a whole new set of “celebrities” to
fox trot, faint, and twirl for your votes. Maybe this season they’ll finally have
a gay participant.

Greek (ABC Family)

Premieres: March 24

Airs: Mondays, 9 p.m. EST

ABC Family continues to target
the teen audience with their college hit Greek,
but we’ll be tuning in to see what happens to our gay ex-fratboy Calvin (Paul
) as Season 2 unfolds. Will his homophobic fraternity brothers mend their
ways? Will Calvin get back together with Heath? Will this continue to be one of
the best gay-friendly shows out there? We’ve got our fingers crossed.


Paradise Falls (here!)

Premieres: March (TBD)

The second season of here!’s Paradise Falls, shot entirely on location in rural
Canada, returns this month and viewers
can expect more of the same mix of magic, lust, and intrigue. Think of Dante’s Cove, but with better acting,
writing, and production values. Here! describes Paradise Falls as being
a gay Northern Exposure with a bit of Desperate Housewives thrown
in and that sounds pretty accurate.

Battlestar Galactica (Sci-Fi)

Premieres: April 4

Airs: Fridays, 10 p.m. EST

The final season of Battlestar Galactica will begin its
voyage toward Earth on April 4th. This
past December we learned that Pegasus’ leader Admiral Cain had a lesbian affair
with a version of Cylon 6, but sadly Cain’s dead and we’ve yet to get a hint at
any other gay characters on one of TV’s tightest political dramas. I can live with that because I’m looking at
this as our last chance to see Apollo (Jamie Bamber) once again wearing that
infamous barely there towel. Look for
the final cylon to be revealed, a new version of 6, and some frakkin’ awesome
action sequences as Galactica closes
its airlock one last time.

Gay Themed Films Airing
This Winter:

Movie: Bernard and Doris

Premieres: February 9

Susan Sarandon and Ralph
Fiennes star as tobacco heiress/philanthropist Doris Duke and her hard drinking
gay butler, Bernard Lafferty. This eccentric tale chronicles the life and
relationship between the two friends that led to Lafferty inheriting Duke’s
entire fortune. Ralph Fiennes once again proves he’s a fearless actor, so
expect an acting tour de force as these two chew more scenery than Cookie

February 13 (according to
Cinemax website schedule)

Movie: Starter For 10

March 1

Atonement’s adorable James McAvoy stars in this romantic
comedy about a struggling working class student trying to survive at an elite
British University, dating and the competitive world of University quiz shows.
Set in England during the 1980s, Starter
for 10
addresses the balance between knowledge and power, classism, sexual
liberation and gay rights (not to mention a killer soundtrack featuring The
Cure, The Smith, Tears for Fears, Psychedelic Furs and more).

Movie: 300 (Cinemax)

Premieres: March 1

Do we even need to talk about why you should be watching
300? Hundreds of shirtless men in
loincloths all glistening and wrestling each other is reason enough, but there
is actually a better reason to watch 300. There’s much debate about whether the
film is simply pure pulpy homoerotic fun or if there is in fact some homophobic
subtext at work. Tune in for the intellectual discussion and stay for the
Spartan hot oil wrestling.