Gay TV on a Wednesday Night: Madonna Alert, More Glorious 'Glee'
Welcome to your wonderful Wednesday television suggestions. As usual, our hearts beat only in anticipation of another hour of Glee. But Wednesday has a number of shows worth sitting around and staying in for. Plus it’s proving to be a night of finely crafted scripted programs for a change. And fair warning up front: You may want to stay up late to catch the Material Girl, Madonna, on the Late Show With David Letterman!
Kick off prime time with The New Adventures of Old Christine on CBS at 8 o’clock. Tonight Julia Louis-Dreyfus's Christine will have to face her age when she realizes her much her old college pals have changed. It happens. There's also another helping of NBC's new nurse-centric dramedy Mercy, in which married war vet Veronica (Taylor Schilling) tries to not flirt with her not-husband, Dr. Sands.
Meanwhile on the CW, Tyra Banks plays photographer and, by extension, an even more opinionated judge come panel time for the petite hopefuls on America's Next Top Model, the “shorty” edition. Though some maintain ANTM is best enjoyed in weekend repeat marathons where one can witness all the madness from start to finish, the successful reality series is still going strong after 13 cycles, thanks to its never-ending supply of drama from contestants.
Then at 9, the main event: Glee vs. Modern Family in a fabulous time slot face-off. Good thing everyone prerecords television or we might have to actually choose between two wonderfully witty, gay-character-inclusive (hell -- driven) shows. On Fox's 9 o'clock hour, Glee, marked by regular showstopping musical numbers and the side-splitting Sue Sylvester, will have its ante upped when pint-size Broadway superstar Kristin Chenoweth guest-stars. A recent Emmy award winner for Pushing Daisies, Chenoweth will play April Rhodes, brought in to revitalize the Glee Club while reliving her high school glory days and making Rachel (Lea Michelle) jealous. Can't wait!
After a promising debut and a campy joke for the record books in the form of Cameron's “Circle of Life”-style introduction of new baby Lily to the fam, excitement runs high for tonight's second episode. Our new favorite gay parents on TV, Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cameron (Eric Stonestreet), take their newly adopted daughter to their first Mommy & Me class. Hilarity and just a little bit of recognizable, heartfelt humanity are sure to follow.
In the 10 p.m. time slot, take your choice of the indomitable Law & Order: SVU on NBC or the witchy women of Eastwick on ABC. Eric McCormack guest-stars on SVU as the head of a dating website whose client has been murdered. While you may be used to his lighter side from Will & Grace, McCormack played a mean villain during a guest stint on Showtime's short-lived Dead Like Me series, so don't count the Canadian actor out.
If you're up a little later, don't miss Madonna on one of her rare Late Show appearances. The queen of music will chat with David Letterman for eighth appearance as an always memorable guest. Harry Connick Jr. is also a guest, and isn't there something a little bit dreamy about him?
Tell us: Are you enjoying Glee and Modern Family as much as we are? What Wednesday shows have won you over?
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