TV alerts: “Smokin’ Aces,” “Primary Colors,” “Mad Men”

Consider this the weekend of small lesbian parts. (I know, I know — there are no small lesbian parts, only small lesbian actors.) Several movie offerings include glimpses of gay ladies.

Saturday at 8/7c on HBO, Alicia Keys tries to make her character as straight as possible in Smokin’ Aces. (When Keys first got the script, she asked, “What’s this gay s—?” — and it all went downhill from there.)

After 30 minutes of that, you can give up and switch over to Cinemax (yeaahhh!) for Primary Colors (8:30/7:30c). Kathy Bates plays a “gay lesbian woman” (I swear that’s what she calls herself) with a shotgun and a conscience. And the cast includes Allison Janney and Emma Thompson, too! This thinly veiled Clintonian saga from 1998 might seem like a brand new film, now that the real-life wronged wife has become a presidential candidate.

Finally, starting this Sunday at midnight, the first season of the critically acclaimed Mad Men will be rebroadcast on AMC. The season eventually includes a heartbreaking lesbian scene (is there any other kind?) — you can read all about that here.

And if none of those appeal to you, there’s always The Fabulous Baker Boys on Fox Movie Channel at 8/7c on Saturday. No lesbian characters there, unless you count every woman in the audience when Michelle Pfeiffer starts slithering all over that grand piano.

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