What to Watch: This Weekend

January 16, 2009
So many season premieres this weekend to tickle everyone's fancy. From Friday Night Lights to Big Love to The L Word, there's really no reason to go out, is there? Friday, January 16 9:00 pm Friday Night Lights, NBC (1 hr) SEASON PREMIERE Though it just wrapped up on DirecTV, everyone’s favorite football team is just getting started on NBC. Check out the Dillon Panthers and watch lesbian Mayor Lucy Rodell lobby for a Jumbotron. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Saturday, January 17 9:00 pm Color Splash, HGTV (30 min) NEW Gay interior designer David Bromstad reworks living spaces. Tonight he redesigns a living room. 10:00 pm Desperate Housewives, ABC (1 hr) REPEAT Catch a repeat of last Sunday’s show, where Andrew’s fiancé, Alex, stands up to Bree, which no one ever dares to do. See why! 10:00 pm The Graham Norton Show, BBC America (1 hr) NEW Out Irish comedian Graham Norton hosts Jessica Biel and Mickey Rourke in his weekly chatfest. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Sunday, January 18 7:00 pm We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial, HBO (2 hrs) NEW Rt. Reverend V. Gene Robinson, the openly gay bishop of the New Hampshire diocese of the U.S. Episcopal Church, will deliver the invocation at the opening celebration of the Presidential Inauguration. Watch it live! 8:00 pm Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, ABC (1 hr) NEW The team builds a home for a family with two autistic kids. Gay designer Eduardo Xol appears in this very special episode. 8:00 pm Million Dollar Password, CBS (1 hr) REPEAT Neil Patrick Harris appears in this repeat of the season opener. 9:00 pm Big Love, HBO (1 hr) SEASON PREMIERE The polygamous drama returns with all your favorite characters, including Heather, Sarah’s best friend who secretly harbors a crush on her. 9:00 pm Desperate Housewives, ABC (1 hr, 1 min) NEW Flashbacks abound in the 100th episode of this beloved series. 9:00 pm The L Word, Showtime (1 hr) SEASON PREMIERE Jenny’s dead! Now take off your party hats and try to guess who did the dirty deed. 10:00 pm The United States of Tara, Showtime (30 min) SEASON PREMIERE In this new comedy about a woman with multiple personalities, Marshall is her sweet, sensitive son who has a crush on a cute boy from class. 10:01 pm Brothers & Sisters, ABC (1 hr) NEW Just when Greenatopia is ready to get off the ground, one of Sarah’s business partners makes a startling confession. Will Kevin have to step in with a sexual harassment suit?