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FRIDAY Heavenly Creatures Oscar-nominee Kate Winslet in her breakout role as a young lesbian murderer in one of Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson’s early films, based on the notorious 1954 Parker-Hulme murder case. The imaginative world of two teenaged lovers, Juliet Hulme (Winslet) and Pauline Parker (Melanie Lynskey), is explored with lush extravagance in this extraordinary film. When Pauline’s mother tries to separate the two, murder ensues. (Mystery writer Anne Perry was revealed to be Juliet Hulme when the film came out.) Extreme violence in some scenes. 8:30 a.m. on Logo.

The Rosa Parks Story Angela Bassett stars in this biopic about the civil-rights icon who spurred the Montgomery bus boycott. With Cicely Tyson. 9 p.m. on Lifetime.

Dr. Strangelove Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece of political satire about nuclear holocaust. Starring Peter Sellers (in multiple roles), George C. Scott and Sterling Hayden. (Hard to ignore the similarities between Dick Cheney in his wheelchair at the Inauguration and Sellers as Dr. Strangelove.) Possibly the best political film ever made. 9:45 p.m. on TCM.

SATURDAY Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin This superb documentary by Nancy Kates and Bennett Singer details the life of civil-rights leader Bayard Rustin, who organized the 1963 march on Washington, D.C., that culminated in Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. As an openly gay man, Rustin was expected to stay in the background, despite being one of King’s closest friends and one of the foremost organizers in the movement. Since its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, “Brother Outsider” has won more than 20 awards, including the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Documentary. 1:30 p.m. on Logo.

Jumpin’ the Broom: The New Covenant This documentary shares the stories of four black gay and lesbian couples — two male, two female — and analyzes their views on love, commitment, relationships, marriage and religion. Delivers engaging characters and poignant images. Part of Logo’s “Real Momentum” documentary series. 3:30 p.m. on Logo.

SUNDAY This Week Politics with George Stephanopoulos who seems to remember that the Democrats won in November. 10:30 a.m. on ABC.

Grammy Awards Katy Perry kissed a girl and she liked it — she even told Katie Couric. Now she could get a Grammy for her hit song. Perry performs, as do Coldplay and Lil Wayne, who have the most nominations. 8 p.m. on CBS.

Big Love The fun-loving polygamist returns with his three wives. Tonight, Roman’s case goes to trial. 9 p.m. on HBO.

Desperate Housewives Bree goes wild with money from her cookbook, and her gay son Andrew is a recipient. Edie and Gaby head to a fat farm together. And Dave gets crazier and crazier. 9 p.m. on ABC.

Brothers & Sisters The Walker saga returns with Tommy and Saul teaming up to oust Holly, which will not sit well with Becca. Meanwhile, Nora throws a baby shower for Kitty. But Kevin is still keeping Robert’s secret from Kitty — how long can that go on? (And how long can Kevin’s hubby, Scott, remain MIA?) 10 p.m. on ABC.

The United States of Tara Tara begins to feel better as she works on a mural project for her new friend, Tiffany. Unfortunately, Tiffany becomes a little too curious about Tara’s personalities and affects Tara in a bad way. Meanwhile, Tara’s son, Marshall, is trying to find a way to approach his crush, Jason. 10 p.m. on Showtime.

MONDAY House When a priest who runs a homeless shelter sees a bleeding Jesus hovering at his doorstep, he is admitted to the ER. House takes on the case as a distraction for the team while he confronts Foreman and Thirteen about their relationship. The team soon learns the priest had been involved in a molestation scandal that caused him to lose his faith. However, just as they are about to dismiss his case, the patient’s condition takes a drastic turn for the worse, and House grapples with his past. 8 p.m. on FOX.

True Beauty The premise of this reality series is that beauty is interior, not exterior — except the players don’t know that. Five contestants have been voted off the catwalk. Watch for the beefcake (Ray!) and openly queeny Nolé Marin (who has a Chihuahua named Empress Minnie). Judge Cheryl Tiegs, one of the first supermodels, shows why too much Botox and face-filler is so not a good thing. 10 p.m. on ABC.

RuPaul’s Drag Race Last week, the nine contestants had to re-invent their glam-drag looks using thrift-store clothing and tchotchkes from the 99-cent store. Tonight, wigs fly when the contestants split up into two rival girl groups, something guest judge Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child would know plenty about. Can the girls impress RuPaul with their lip-synching skills? 10 p.m. on Logo. Visit www.rupaulsdragrace.comwww.rupaulsdragrace.com to see behind the scenes of the show.

TUESDAY Daphne Intriguing film about the bisexual/lesbian mystery writer Daphne du Maurier, author of “Rebecca” and Alfred Hitchcock’s film “The Birds.” “Daphne” focuses on the years between 1947-52, when du Maurier was breaking off her relationship with her husband and moving on to a lesbian love affair with Ellen Doubleday. With Elizabeth McGovern. 5 p.m. on Logo.

American Idol Must-watch, train-wreck TV. This season might be the best yet. Watch for the sexy guy from Puerto Rico, Jorge Nunez. And the girl with the shaved head (yes, shaved head), Melinda Camille, from New York City. 8 p.m. on FOX.

WEDNESDAY American Idol The competition continues. 8 p.m. on FOX.

The Real World: Brooklyn This season includes Sarah, a tatted-up bisexual artist who works with victims of sexual abuse, Katelynn, a transgender female who wants to marry her boyfriend, and Chet, a Mormon frat boy. 10 p.m. on MTV.

Top Chef: New York With only three nail-biting episodes left before the Feb. 25 finale, expect extreme knife fighting and a possible queer winner. 10 p.m. on Bravo.

Sordid Lives: The Series LaVonda tells Noleta the truth about the affair, and they arrive in Los Angeles for the opening of Ty’s play. Ty ruins his relationship with Jacob by cheating. G.W. proposes to Peggy. Bitsy shares her feelings with Glyndora as they are kidnapped by Ritchie. Latrelle gets off Valium, and Sissy confesses to killing the goat and is arrested along with Noleta. Brother Boy blackmails Bumper, and he and Jackie make their escape. 10:30 p.m. on Logo.

THURSDAY Ugly Betty Betty tapes a video tribute for Claire Meade’s 60th birthday that’s very revealing, just not in the way she planned. But the real shocker comes when Betty accidentally leaves the camera on at home and discovers some revealing footage about Ignacio. Meanwhile, Daniel and Wilhelmina have difficulty adjusting to the new significant others in their lives. Expect more B & D with Wilhemina. 8 p.m. on ABC.

Hell’s Kitchen The fifth season premiered with Gordon Ramsay beating up 16 new chefs. He developed a special loathing for Colleen, who teaches cooking, but never went to culinary school (and it shows). The first cook to be ousted was Wil, who presented a “pride pin” to declare his gayness with his signature dish. Alas, Wil was too fey to manage the garnish station and nominated himself to be ousted. The other queer contestant is LA. Her lip piercing irritates Ramsay and he hated her signature dish (he loved Wil’s), but there are others on the women’s team he dislikes way more. Like Colleen. And Colleen. 9 p.m. on FOX.

Queer TV you can always see

All My Children Bianca (Eden Riegel) and Reese (Tamara Braun) are planning a Valentine’s Day wedding. They will soon be the first lesbian couple on TV to marry legally. Bianca’s mother, Erica (Susan Lucci), is planning the wedding. But the bridal shower she throws tosses a wrench into the happy couple’s preparations. (The morning of the shower Bianca and Reese woke up in bed and were kissing and just about to make love when Erica called them to get out of bed and get ready for the shower.) Never without an agenda, Erica tracked down Reese’s estranged mother, Claire, who arrives just in time to see Reese holding up a sexy black nightgown and says “Oh, just like the one you got at your first shower.” Their ensuing fight ends with Claire slapping Reese in the face and telling her that she doesn’t know what she wants. Reese tells her mother she doesn’t need her or her approval. “I have my own family now. Get out.” Monday-Friday 1 p.m. on ABC.

As the World Turns The fallout over the lack of an on-camera consummation scene when Luke and Noah finally had sex after a nearly two-year courtship continues. Apparently Procter & Gamble, who owns “ATWT,” didn’t promo the event due to nervousness about conservative backlash, since the show has already been boycotted by the Family Research Council because of the love affair. But according to a publicist, “For fans of this couple, we really wanted them to be able to watch these important scenes play out on air without a lot of spoilers.” And without a bedroom scene. But now that Luke (Van Hansis) and Noah (Jake Silbermann) are lovers, they have become matchmakers. Like gay yentas. At least they get to kiss each other in between fixing up their friends. Monday-Friday, 2 p.m. on CBS.

Martha Martha Stewart isn’t queer, but no one has a gayer sensibility (or gayer friends — Tim Gunn, anyone?). For great food and great ideas with intriguing and/or cute guests. Check out videos of the show at www.marthastewart.com. Monday-Friday, 2 p.m. on NBC.

Ellen We never tire of the dancing dyke diva of daytime. Be sure to check out Ellen’s commentary at www.ellen.warnerbros.com. Monday-Friday, 3 p.m. on NBC.

The Rachel Maddow Show Smart and savvy deconstruction from the only out lesbian to host a political talk show. Monday-Friday, 9 p.m. on MSNBC.

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson Consistently queer-friendly commentary, boy toys in leather gear and nightly drag routines from the Scottish comedian. Monday-Friday, 12:35 a.m. on CBS.


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