Gay TV All Weekend: Scaring Up Some Shows
It's finally here: your excuse to dress like we live in a sexually free-spirited, scary civilization is here! What? You dress like that every weekend, NOT just for Halloween? Damn. Well, whether you’re a seasoned pro at "slutting up" or a holidays-only ho, be safe and have fun on the festive All Hallows Eve. If you're staying in to cover candy duty, don't worry. Yours is a noble tradition counted on by neighborhood ghosts and goblins (or, more aptly these days, faux Hannah Montanas and Balloon Boys), and we've got a guide to the good gay TV on this weekend to scare up some fun even if you're staying home.
On Friday night, kick back, relax, and catch up with the wacky world of Ugly Betty on ABC at 9 p.m. This week Betty's (America Ferrera) work is as challenging as ever when she tries to tackle the worst jobs in the city for a feature. To make the task even more taxing, Wilhelmina (Vanessa Williams) appoints Marc (Michael Urie) to be Betty's temporary assistant.
At the same time on BBC America, Friday Night With Jonathan Ross has Boy George sitting down for his first official interview since his release from prison, and he's got a lot to say! “It was four months to be with myself," the ex-Culture Club front man said of his incarceration. "I wish I knew what I know now, 20 years ago. I’m the happiest I’ve ever been in my life. It’s taken me a long time and a lot of heartache to get there.” Bonus: Cute English pop singer Jamie Cullum performs material from his new album, The Pursuit.
Tune in to CBS at 9 or set the DVR if you can't resist the charm of camp-horror. Medium's Halloween episode features an appearance by the Mistress of the Dark herself, Elvira. Maybe she knows why Allison (Patricia Arquette) is suffering through dreams that drop her into scenes from Night of the Living Dead. Scary stuff!
The Friday late-night lineup includes some notable gay favorites. Say Anything leading man turned mega-box office star John Cusack is on Jay Leno's couch at 10 on NBC. Later on ABC, Jimmy Kimmel welcomes Paris Hilton. Meanwhile, Wanda Sykes continues her pre-show-premiere press junket, stopping by Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on NBC at 12:35 a.m.
Saturday rolls around and it's the big night. If you're not going to any of the supercool scary movie revivals or one of any number of gay ghoulish soirees, you can still get a fun scare or laugh off the tube. Catch the 1960s ultimate in kitsch, Tales of Terror, for classic Edgar Allan Poe stories directed by the king of B-films, Roger Corman. Doesn't get more quintessentially classic than a little Vincent Price on Halloween night! Check your local listings for channel.
Then at 10 tune in to BBC America for another new episode of The Graham Norton Show. it’s an evening all about the ladies with model-actress Isabella Rossellini, who discusses her Green Porno films, a series of shorts about insect and animal sexual behavior. Seriously. At the end of the show, supercute crooner Michael Bublé chats with Graham and performs his newest single, “Haven't Met You Yet.”
While you're in recovery mode Sunday, either from serious sugar overload on candy corn or, worse, the mystery shots the boy in the Tarzan loincloth costume handed you, at least you have some of your favorite gay characters to comfort you. Check in with this season of The Amazing Race at 8, where gay brothers Sam and Dan are still in the race! This week a contestant struggles to reveal a personal secret. Maybe it has to do with their sexuality? Only one way to find out: watch.
MTV trots out a new TV show at 10 p.m. Styl'd will pit professional stylists against each other to create the freshest and fiercest looks. Gay competitors Eric, Brett, and Gary all caught our eye. If they can keep the focus on the frenzy and fun of fashion, we may be into this new reality series.
Meanwhile at the same time, over on ABC, on Brothers & Sisters, Scotty (Luke Macfarlane) and Kevin (Matthew Rhys) continue to weigh the life-altering choice of who will be their surrogate. The Walker family gets frightened when a long-lost brother returns to the fold!
Tell us: What did you watch to get in the Halloween spirit?