What to Watch: This Weekend (Jan 21-23)

This Friday, IFC premieres the much-anticipated Portlandia, a quirky sketch comedy series starring out rocker Carrie Brownstein!  Afterwards, get the DVR set for Sunday’s avalanche of television goodness. Friday, January 21 10:00pm: Spartacus: Gods of the Arena , Starz (1 hr) MINISERIES PREMIERE In this “prequel” to the currently halted Spartacus: Blood and Sand series, Antonio Te Maioha reprises his role as Barca, the “Beast of Carthage” whose romance with male slave Pietros came to a tragic end on the series. 10:30pm: Portlandia, IFC (30 min) SERIES PREMIERE Bisexual rocker-cum-actor Carrie Brownstein (formerly of Sleater-Kinney) teams up with Fred Armisen to bring hipster-inspired hilarity to a living room near you. ———————————————————————— Saturday, January 22 10:00pm: The Graham Norton Show, BBC America (1 hr) NEW Graham’s guests this week include Matt LeBlanc (who stars in the new Showtime series Episodes, see Sunday’s guide below for the deets) and Donald Sutherland. ———————————————————————— Sunday, January 23 7:30pm: American Dad!, Fox (30 min) NEW In this week’s “Stanny Boy and Frantastic,” Stan and Fran struggle to keep up with a young adventurous couple. 9:00pm: Big Love, HBO (1 hr) NEW Closeted character Alby Grant hinders Bill’s attempts to stage a “safety net” meeting for polygamist leaders.  Meanwhile, Barb invites Nancy to a symposium focusing on mother-daughter Mormon challenges in an effort to find common ground, and Nicki learns the extent of Adaleen’s isolation. 9:30pm: Episodes, Showtime (30 min) NEW Matt LeBlanc of Friends fame returns to television on Showtime’s new series, playing a larger-than-life version of himself who butts heads with his very British showrunner Beverly.  This week, they argue whether or not his costar’s character should be a lesbian: 10:00pm: Shameless, Showtime (1 hr) NEW This week, the family searches for “Aunt Ginger,” the elderly aunt who owns their home.  Meanwhile, Ian (who’s secretly involved with his married boss) finds out a girl in school has feelings for him. About TV Gayed Grab the remote or set your DVR! GLAAD brings you the most up-to-date listing of LGBT content on television every weekday.  Check GLAAD Blog for daily TV Gayed posts! About GLAAD The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) amplifies the voice of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community by empowering real people to share their stories, holding the media accountable for the words and images they present, and helping grassroots organizations communicate effectively. By ensuring that the stories of LGBT people are heard through the media, GLAAD promotes understanding, increases acceptance, and advances equality. For more information, see www.glaad.orgwww.facebook.com/glaadand www.twitter.com/glaad.