Gay TV on a Wednesday Night: CMAs & 'Glee's Back
We refuse to refer to the midway point of the week as "hump day," but it is certainly the hottest night of gay TV all week long. With Glee finally back after a painful two-week absence it seemed all was right in the Wednesday world of prime time, but sadly, tonight we'll have to go without a new episode of Modern Family. With the Country Music Association Awards airing tonight on ABC, cute country boys will have to suffice as a passable substitute. We've got the prime-time picks not to be missed on tonight's tube.
At 8 p.m. on CBS, the lovable Canadian half of Will & Grace, Eric McCormack, pops up again on tonight's The New Adventures of Old Christine. McCormack tries to teach the flaky Christine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) how to be tough and stick it out when things get rough rather than reveling in quitting.
Kicking off at 8, the 43rd Annual CMA Awards on ABC honor excellence in country music. With big-name performers including Kenny Chesney, Reba McEntire, Sugarland, and Taylor Swift, the show should be packed with powerhouse performances. Cuties Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley host the three-hour award ceremony.
At 9 p.m., our long lost love Glee returns with a new episode on Fox. We fell pretty hard for Puck (Mark Salling) when he serenaded us -- OK, maybe he was directing it at Rachel (Lea Michele) -- with Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline." In tonight's episode, "Wheels," we fully intend to swoon for Artie (Kevin McHale) when he covers Billy Idol's "Dancing With Myself." Also endearing: Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Rachel compete for a big solo. Rachel gets enough solo action, we want Kurt!
Also on at 9, if you like cute '90s rockers (who doesn't?), check out Gavin Rossdale guest-starring on CBS's Criminal Minds. When a serial killer appears to be murdering victims according to the rock star's touring schedule, the team's experts start to suspect that Rossdale may have lost touch with reality and become fully engrossed in his dark on-stage personality. Fang-fan alert: Rossdale rocks fangs for the part. Hot.
Later on Top Chef: Las Vegas, it's a foodie female delight when delicious dish Nigella Lawson serves as guest judge. The lucky six remaining contestants get to wait on Lawson and host Padma Lakshmi for a "breakfast in bed" challenge. With a pregnant Padma, they may have to work doubly hard to satisfy the gourmet goddesses.
In late-night land, tennis ace and recovered meth abuser Andre Agassi talks to Dave on The Late Show With David Letterman at 11:35 p.m. on CBS. Over on NBC's Tonight Show, Conan O'Brien welcomes television legend and Melrose Place siren Heather Locklear at the same hour. TBS's Lopez Tonight continues to court fans in its premiere week with guests Academy Award–winning actress Queen Latifah and dirty-girl comedian Lisa Lampenelli. Lost's cutest hobbit, Dominic Monaghan, now starring in FlashForward, stops by Jimmy Kimmel Live on ABC at 12:05 a.m. And stay up extra late to see perpetual heartthrob Jared Leto on Last Call With Carson Daly on NBC at 1:35 a.m.
Tell us: What Wednesday shows win you week after week? Did the CMA Awards recognize your favorite country stars?