What to Watch: This Weekend

September 5, 2008
Summer officially ended on Monday, which only means one thing here at cineQueer: NEW SHOWS! So settle in and check out True Blood on HBO, The Life and Times of Vivian Vyle on Sundance and the season finale of CBS' Swingtown. Yay for fall! Friday, September 5 > 12:00 AM Lesbian Sex and Sexuality, here! (30 min) SEASON PREMIERE The first of five new episodes becomes available on demand, marking the start of the documentary series' second season. > 12:00 AM Ice Blues: A Donald Strachey Mystery, here! (1 hr, 30 min) SEASON PREMIERE The fourth installment in the franchise once again stars Chad Allen as the gay private investigator and will co-star Sherry Miller (Queer as Folk). > 12:00 AM The Lair, here! (30 min) SEASON PREMIERE The first of nine episodes in the second season of the supernatural vampire soap series becomes available on demand today. > 10:00 PM Swingtown, CBS (1 hr) SEASON FINALE Check out this series about swinging suburbanites in the 1970s. Looks like this is the season finale, and possibly the series finale as well… Saturday, September 6 > 9:00 PM Color Splash, HGTV (30 min) NEW Out interior designer David Bromstad reworks living spaces. This week, he updates a family’s guest room. > 10:00 PM The Graham Norton Show, BBC America (1 hr) NEW Out Irish comedian Graham Norton presents a comedy chat show carried by BBC America every Saturday night. This week, he interviews lesbian actress Cynthia Nixon. Sunday, September 7 > 9:00 PM The Life and Times of Vivian Vyle, Sundance (30 min) SEASON PREMIERE In this British comedy import, Vivian Vyle (Jennifer Saunders) is a powerful talkshow host with dreams of reaching Oprah-status. She has a gay husband named Jared and a transgender assistant named Miriam. > 9:00 PM True Blood, HBO (1 hr) SEASON PREMIERE We’ve been waiting all summer for this Alan Ball jewel to make its debut, and here it is! Tune in to see pansexual vampires experience persecution from the human community through vicious protesters bearing signs like “God Hates Fangs.” [read more] > 10:00 PM Mad Men, AMC (1 hr) NEW Don seems to be in full midlife crisis mode, as he sets out to buy a shiny new car, while keeping his affair with Bobbie a secret from his wife. Keep your eyes on the ad agency's closeted art director, Salvatore Romano, played by openly gay actor Bryan Batt. > 10:00 PM Skins, BBC America (1 hr) NEW Sid is failing his classes because he’s too preoccupied with Michelle, who just happens to be his best friend’s girlfriend. Sid’s other friend Maxxie is of no help to him in matters of the heart; he gets all the boys he wants. [read more] > 10:00 PM Entourage, HBO (30 min) SEASON PREMIERE The boys are back, yukkin’ it up in Mexico after Vince’s pet project Medellin gets atrocious reviews. How will Lloyd temper Ari’s… temper?