Check out our weekly guide to make sure you're catching the big premieres, crucial episodes and the stuff you won't admit you watch when no one's looking.
— Television's most charming comedy returns Friday. Australian-export Please Like Me is back for a second season at 10:30 p.m. Eastern on Pivot. The series follows Josh (portrayed by writer and creator Josh Thomas) as he navigates coming out, dating and juggling drama between family and friends. Josh is as relatable as any of the guys on Looking and more self-aware than anyone on Girls while managing to be more likable than all of the above.
A different kind of hunger games for Top Chef stars, AFTER THE JUMP ...
— Top Chef fans can get another taste of their favorite chefs on Top Chef Duels, premiering Wednesday at 10 p.m. Eastern on Bravo. The first episode pits Richard Blais up against Marcel Vigneron.
— If you thought the juxtaposition of opposing parenting styles on Wife Swap didn’t allow for enough of a feeling of superiority, get ready to weigh in on Bravo’s Extreme Guide to Parenting, Thursday at 9:30 p.m. Eastern.
— Singing, strumming, slapstick duo Garfunkel (Riki Lindhome) and Oates (Kate Micucci) debut their new self-titled series on IFC. The musical comedians that brought us "Sports Go Sports," "Pregnant Women Are Smug" and "Handjob, Bland Job, I Don’t Understand Job", bring their signature (sometimes raunchy) humor and twee melodies to the small screen starting Thursday at 10 p.m. Eastern.
— Picture House set in an early-1900s period piece and you’ve got the basics down for Steven Soderbergh’s new series The Knick. Premiering Friday at 10 p.m. on Cinemax, the show follows Clive Owen's Dr. Thackery, as he balances performing surgery at New York’s Knickerbocker Hospital while battling addiction. It’s not for the weak of heart. The surgery scenes get gory enough to make even Sarah Palin admit Obamacare isn’t the worst thing to happen to American healthcare.
What are you watching this week?
While waitkng in the Watch What Happens green room, transgender actress Laverne Cox ponders the more important questions in life, such as why she should never marry her Orange is the New Black co-star Jason Biggs, even though she finds him attractive.
Hint: it has to do with the wording on their hypothetical wedding invitations. Of course, Biggs is also already married, so there's that too.
Watch the video AFTER THE JUMP…
A petition to repeal Houston's Equal Rights Ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing and public accommodations has failed to gather the necessary signatures to appear on November's ballot.
The ordinance was signed into law back in May by Mayor Annise Parker.
Lone Star Q reports:
The petition needed at least 17,269 valid signatures from registered Houston voters to put a repeal of the ordinance before voters in November.
Opponents of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) claimed to have at least 30,000 valid signatures when they submitted the petition last month. However, a group supporting the ordinance that independently reviewed the signatures determined that it had a maximum of 16,500 valid signatures.
Opponents of the ordinance have vowed to take the city to court if officials determined their petition didn’t have enough valid signatures.
Jeremy Hooper — the blogger behind Good.As.You. — loves it whenever the anti-LGBT National Organization for Marriage uses strained analogies to demonstrate how “redefining marriage” will destroy the universe.
In his latest blog post, Hooper points out NOM President Bryan Brown’s tortured comparison of marriage to a dining room set, because marriage should only be between one table and a chair… or because a chair isn’t a table… or because gay marriage is like two tables marrying… or something:
Suppose you took a table and a chair and together referred to them both as chairs. In that instance, the two things really would be different—and by calling them the same thing, you would have made the term "chair" meaningless.
The point is this: the word "marriage" either means something or it does not. Isn't it only fair and just to ask first what it does mean before trying to decide to apply the term to something new?
Calling a table a chair does damage to the meaning of the word "chair"—and it does no service to our understanding of either tables or chairs. It is thus injurious to our wisdom and knowledge on three counts, and reduces our ability to reason at all.
So it goes with marriage. Calling something "marriage" that is not marriage damages our public notion of marriage, in multiple ways. It neither serves society as a whole, nor does it ultimately serve society's members because it reduces their ability to make any reasonable or legal distinctions. And so, when something else comes along purporting to be "marriage," no legal or moral rationale exists for drawing the line.
“Unlike nearly half of our states, twenty-nine consecutive courts (and many before that), the federal government, and a growing majority of the American public, Brian Brown has taken upon himself to determine that a civil contract between two loving and committed adults can only be called a marriage if the union has the distribution of penises and vaginas that he finds proper.”
Knowing that these are the best arguments our opponents have against nationwide marriage equality almost makes one look forward to the inevitable 2016 Supreme Court decision that’ll finally bury groups like NOM.
Gay crooner Sam Smith presents a tale of passion, heartbreak and revenge in the video for his song “I’m Not The Only One.”
It’s a heterosexual heartbreak, but with smeared mascara, backroom banging and a Waiting to Exhale moment with wifey-poo burning the cheater’s clothes on the lawn. The video ends on a curious note, making it defy expectations despite its hackneyed plot.
Plus, anyone who has ever felt suspicious or angry over a cheating lover can totally relate.
Watch the video AFTER THE JUMP…
SUDDEN DEATH: Jeopardy's Teen Tournament ends in nail-biting tie-breaker
VIN DIESEL: On Fast and Furious co-star Paul Walker's passing.
HOLY DISCRIMINATION: Mormon spokesman explains why blacks aren't allowed priesthood (1973).
SNEAKY CUB: Lion cub scares oblivious dog.
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