What To Watch: Rosie, Cheyenne Jackson, ‘Outlander’ Debuts and ‘The L Word’ Hits The Deep South

The dog days of summer are not on our televisions since there's so much coming in the month of August. Forget that we have a lot of LGBT content coming in the new Fall TV offerings because summer is chock-full of series and specials that you'll want to be sure to add to your DVR or watch list. Let's take a look day by day.


The Fosters:” Want to talk to Rosie O’Donnell during tonight’s episode? Done! Well, you can tweet her during the airing of tonight’s episode, which features the actress/talk show personality returning as Rita, who helped Callie (Maia Mitchell) last season. To ask O’Donnell a question, make sure to use her handle @Rosie as well as #TheFostersChat at 9pm ET/6pm PT. Here’s a preview of tonight’s episode, airing on ABC Family:

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Hit The Floor:” Need more soapy goodness in your life? Then tune in to the penultimate episode of the drama’s second season airing tonight on VH1. Olivia’s murderer is about to be caught and there is much bed-hopping and back stabbing still going on. And Jude (Brent Antonello) and Zero (Adam Senn) are still having fun in the sack though if Jude doesn’t stop talking about feelings, he’s going to be sleeping alone in no time. (“Hit The Floor” airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on VH1)


Days Of Our Lives:” In soap opera land, romantic pairings rarely go smoothly but so far there’s been little drama to put a wedge between newlyweds Will Horton (Guy Wilson) and Sonny Kiriakis (Freddie Smith). But with ambitious journalist Will working on a story to expose the inner workings behind the DiMera takeover involving his mother Sami (Alison Sweeney) and Grandmother Kate (Lauren Koslow), Will’s husband is showing concern of the big picture of this expose. I was on set of the NBC soap last week and talked to Smith about what we can expect. Check back to this page tomorrow for video of our interview. (“Days Of Our Lives” airs weekdays on NBC. Check local listings for times)

Cheyenne Jackson and Mark Feuerstein in this week's 'Royal Pains' (USA)

Royal Pains:”  One of our favorite out performers, Cheyenne Jackson, is guest starring this week as Sam, a perfumer who is losing his sense of smell. Can Hank (Mark Feuerstein) save the day and help Sam get his nose working again or will he lose everything? And, as an extra plug, be sure to check out Cheyenne in the indie film “Love Is Strange,” which stars John Lithgow and Alfred Molina as an aging gay couple going through life changes. It hits theaters August 22nd and is a terrific, heartfelt film about love.  (“Royal Pains” airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on USA)


Skin Wars:” Painting naked bodies and putting them in murals and other public places? Sounds sexy to me!  But there is art to what the body painting artists on the new GSN reality series are doing. Plus, Rebecca Romijn is the host and while she’s had her share of body painting done for her role as Mystique in the “X-Men” films, she’s also an LGBT favorite for her role on the gone-but-not-forgotten series “Ugly Betty” where she played trans character Alexis Meade before the current trans movement has exploded in popular culture. (“Skin Wars” airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on GSN.)


Working The Engels:” In this week’s episode of the new NBC sitcom starring Andrea Martin“Kids In The Hall” fave Scott Thompson guests as a posh clothing line designer whom Jenna (Kacey Rohl) must impress to keep his business and to keep the firm afloat. I didn’t see an advanced screening of the episode but Thompson tends to make everything better. Plus Eugene Levy also guest stars for a mini-“SCTV” reunion with Martin. (“Working The Engels” airs Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. on NBC)


A wedding in 'The L Word: Mississippi" documentary. (Showtime)

The L Word: Mississippi: Hate The Sin:” Sure equality has come a long way in a lot of places in the United States but this documentary shows us that that’s not how it is everywhere, including the Southern state of Mississippi. This documentary, directed byLauren Lazin and exec produced by Magical Elves’ Jane Lipsitz and “The L Word” creator Ilene Chaiken, talks to several different women about their experiences being gay, trans and one woman who feels she’s successfully prayed the gay away. Compelling stuff. (“The L Word: Mississippi: Hate The Sin” airs Friday at 9 p.m. on Showtime) 

Please Like Me:” Oh, Josh Thomas. The gay protagonist of the Pivot sitcom returns for a second season but watch for a slightly more grown up Josh this season. Thomas told me recently that while the first season played quite a bit with Josh’s coming out and his first big gay romance, the second season will continue to follow him through relationships but other situations, like taking care of a baby, as you’ll see in the clip below. (“Please Like Me” airs Fridays at 10:30 p.m. on Pivot)

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Outlander:” Calling the adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s epic novel series much anticipated is an understatement but the premiere is finally arriving this weekend and, in my opinion having read the first novel, doesn’t disappoint. The story follows 1940s nurse Claire (beautifully played by Caitriona Balfe), who time travels back to 1743, interacts with her husband’s ancestors and strikes up a relationship with hunky young Jamie Fraser (stunning Sam Hueghan, who, be warned, has more going for him than just a pretty face).

Sam Heughan is sure to make everyone swoon in 'Outlander' (Starz)

The series, created by Ron Moore (“Battlestar Galactica”) has villains, great costumes of the Scottish era, comedic situations and drama and is less of a sci-fi/fantasy as the set-up sounds. And, as a bonus for non-Starz subscribers, the network released the first episode for free to viewers so make sure to check it out on the “Outlander” page. (“Outlander” airs Saturdays at 10 p.m. on Starz).

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