What to Watch: This Weekend

February 20, 2009
The choice is obvious for this weekend: you should be glued -- GLUED, I say! -- to your television on both Saturday and Sunday, to (hopefully!) witness the accolades Milk will receive at both the Independent Spirit Awards and the Academy Awards. Of course, if awards shows aren't your thing, there's plenty of other good stuff on... FRIDAY > Eleven Minutes, here! (1 hr, 30 min) NEW Making its television debut, this documentary follows Project Runway designer Jay McCarroll after winning the first season. > 8:00 PM Degrassi: The Next Generation, The N (30 min) NEW Football star Riley makes a major confession to his friends. (Hint: It’s why the show is listed on TV Gayed this week.) > 10:00 PM Real Time with Bill Maher, HBO (1 hr) SEASON PREMIERE This no-holds barred news show is broadcast live, so you never know what to expect. Bill regularly discusses LGBT issues and features gay panelists and commentators, so check it out! SATURDAY > 5:00 PM Independent Spirit Awards, IFC (3 hrs) NEW Celebrate the best in independent film with host Steve Coogan. Root for LGBT-inclusive noms like Synecdoche, New York (Best First Feature, Best Screenplay), Savage Grace (Best Screenplay) and Milk (Best First Screenplay). Sean Penn and James Franco are also nominated for their roles in Milk, so why fight it? WATCH IT. Airs at 2 pm PST, and at 10 pm EST/PST on AMC. > 8:00 PM Ebony Chunky Love: Bitch Can't Get a Date, Logo (1 hr) NEW Sirius Out Q radio host Keith Price will dissolve you into laughter when he shares his life experience in being a “fresh, fierce and fabulous” black gay man. > 9:00 PM Law & Order: SVU, NBC (1 hr) REPEAT If you missed the first airing of this episode on Tuesday, check out “Transitions” tonight. Transgender representation abounds, with a special appearance by The L Word’s Daniela Sea. > 9:00 PM Color Splash, HGTV (30 min) NEW Gay interior designer David Bromstad reworks living spaces. . Tonight, he creates a cottage-inspired bedroom. SUNDAY > 8:00 PM The Amazing Race 14, CBS (1 hr) NEW Ten teams are still competing to win the ultimate prize. One team is made up of gay activist Mel White and his bi son Mike White. > 8:30 PM The 81st Annual Academy Awards, ABC (3 hrs) NEW Have you made your predictions? Will it be Milk or will Slumdog take its place as Best Picture? And what about Sean Penn vs. Mickey Rourke? Who will win that battle? You’ve got to see it to believe it. Hugh Jackman hosts, so even if our faves don’t win, we’ll at least have something nice to look at for three hours. Airs at 5:30 pm PST. > 9:00 PM Big Love, HBO (1 hr) NEW Everyone has something to hide. Alby is married to several women and yet cruises for sex in men’s bathrooms, while Heather pines away for her best friend Sarah. > 9:00 PM The L Word, Showtime (1 hr) NEW Yet another reason to kill Jenny: She’s insisting on hosting Max’s baby shower, just days after calling him a “beautiful woman with curves.” Our question: why did Max agree to this disastrous idea? > 10:00 PM The United States of Tara, Showtime (30 min) NEW 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.