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What to Watch: This Weekend

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Start your weekend off right with the important PBS airing of Independent Lens detailing personal battles with DADT. Then The Goode Family brightens your night with a run in with a new lesbian couple, and be sure to catch the hilarious premiere of Jeffery and Cole Casserole.

Friday, June 19

Independent Lens, PBS (1 hr) Check Your Local Listings
All this week the Emmy-winning PBS news series Independent Lens is presenting “Ask Not,” which exposes the political battles that led to “don’t ask, don’t tell” and the personal stories of those that are willing to risk their lives for a country that would punish them for being out.

8:30 pm The Goode Family, ABC (30 min) NEW
The Goode’s are shunned this week after Gerald makes an offensive comment about their new chic lesbian friends. From there, the quest is on for the P.C. Goode Family to find another lesbian couple to prove that they are not homophobes.

Stars of Jeffery and Cole Casserole

YouTube sensations Cole Escola (l.) and Jeffrey Self (r.)

11:00 pm Jeffery and Cole Casserole, Logo (1hr) SERIES PREMIERE
YouTube sensations Jeffery Self and Cole Escola bring their hilarious web videos from the small screen to the slightly bigger screen.

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Saturday, June 20

9:00 pm Groomer Has It, Animal Planet (1 hr) NEW
With the loss of gay contestant Bill, Huber must work it as the final three create grooming-instruction videos this week. Watch as Queer Eye’s Jai Rodriguez hosts this campy fave.

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Sunday, June 21

8:00 pm Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, ABC (1 hrs) REPEAT
The dream team heads to Quincy Township, PA to renovate the house of a family who has helped disabled children through the Challenger Little League Program, causing their house to be used as a trash and waste dump site. The show features openly gay designer Michael Moloney.

9:00 pm True Blood, HBO (1 hr) NEW
Well Lafayette is definitely not dead, but he is being held prisoner by vain vamp leader Eric beneath Fantasia. Will he survive? Or will he succumb to the thirst of the vampires. Has no one noticed that Merlotte’s is missing a cook? Maryann is also back and clearly has a plan for both Sam and Tara.

Out chef and Next Food Network contestant Michael Proietti

Out chef and The Next Food Network Star contestant Michael Proietti

9:00 pm The Next Food Network Star, Food Network (1 hr) NEW
Will gay chef Michael Proietti have what it takes to impressive the Barefoot Contessa herself? Watch as the remaining eight chefs compete for their own Food Network show.

10:00 pm Brooke Knows Best, VH1 (30 min) NEW
Ever wonder what to do when a yacht party is like, so lame? Well Brooke will show you exactly what to do this week on Brooke Knows Best.

10:00 pm How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? BBC America (1 hr) NEW
The eight contestants left compete for the lead in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Sound of Music in a production on London’s West End. One of the judges is openly gay actor/singer John Barrowman, with host Graham Norton.