NBC has a lot of hopes riding on the next two weeks’ worth of Olympic coverage. They want ratings; they want to promote their primetime line-up; they want Bob Coastas to make you cry; and they want everyone everywhere to stop talking about Leno and Conan. What they do want us all to talk about is snow and hot athletes. (Not a problem.) The other networks are saving most of their best stuff until after the Olympics are over, but there’s still a little lesbian/bi stuff coming out this week.
(For NBC’s full Olympic coverage schedule, check out nbcolympics.com.)
24 (Fox, 9:00) — President Taylor (played by out actress Cherry Jones) enters some testy negotiations with CTU. (All she’s doing lately is negotiating testy situations.) MacGruber is still undercover.
American Idol (Fox, 8:00) — Hollywood Week continues as Ellen and the rest of the judges narrow down the field to 24.
American Idol (Fox, 9:00) — Oh, Ellen cleared up the rumors that there is tension between her and Simon. She says it’s sexual tension.
The Real World: Washington DC (MTV, 10:00) — Mike is coming out to his family this week. Plus, alcohol! Sex! People trying to make it in the music industry! [AfterEllen.com Real World recaps]
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC, 9:00) — Sarah Paulson guest stars as Ellis Grey when Richard, Bailey and Callie flash back on their lives while giving lectures to the Seattle Grace staff. [AfterEllen.com Grey’s Anatomy recaps]
Jillian Michaels on The Bonnie Hunt Show — Missing The Biggest Loser on account of NBC’s Olympics coverage? Not to worry: Jillian stops by Bonnie Hunt on puppy day to talk about the show.
The Wanda Sykes Show (Fox, 11:00) —Wanda is all new with commentary on politics and the Olympics.
The Amazing Race (CBS, 8:00) — Lesbian couple Carol and Brandy continue to the second round in Chile.
Issues with Jane Valez-Mitchell, nightly at 7:00 on CNN’s Headline News.
The Suze Orman Show, Saturdays at 5 a.m., 9 p.m., and 12 a.m. on CNBC.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show, daytime weekdays. This week’s guests: Eric Dane, Rhianna, Kelli Pickler, Sade, Tracy Morgan and Danica Patrick, Kate Walsh.
The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, on DVD Tuesday — Robin Weigert and Julianne Moore play lesbian aunts Trish and Kit to the young Pippa Lee (Blake Lively), in this film about a woman who is having a quiet nervous breakdown.
What are you most looking forward to this week?