Best. Gay. Week. Ever. (February 15, 2008)

As has been widely reported, the writers’ strike is over and the burning question to be answered now is "Does anyone really care?" That’s hard to say, as viewers have a lot of entertainment alternatives these days, like Xbox, YouTube, and, of course, this website!

Actually, I do care, especially about the few shows with decent gay content, and I imagine you do, too. So here is a rundown on when we expect shows to return and how the gay content might be affected by the strike shortened season. I’ve been on the horn with showrunners and publicists, but since the writers just came back today, everyone is scrambling to get their plans together. One ABC publicist swore he tried listening to the writers’ discussion by putting a glass to the door. Alas, it didn’t work.

But here is what we do know.

Brothers & Sisters: The last episode of the current batch airs Sunday night and word is that ABC plans to shoot five more episodes to air in April or May. We all know now that Kevin (Matthew Rhys) chose Scotty (Luke MacFarlane), so the question is how their relationship will play out. Will Kevin wreck things again or might they move on to the complications of actually becoming a couple?

Ron Rifkin, Enrico Colantoni

Sunday’s episode also introduces Enrico Colantoni (Veronica Mars) as a possible love interest for Uncle Saul (Ron Rifkin). But given the large cast, the number of storylines already going on, and the short shrift already paid attention to this storyline, I’m not terribly optimistic we’ll see much here. Which is too bad as Enrico is great. But the good news is ABC has already picked up the show for another season.

And check back next week for our interview with B&S‘ creator Jon Robin Baitz, his first since word came out he was no longer with the show.

Ugly Betty: Word is that executive producer Silvio Horta plans to "tweak" the season’s storylines and shoot four or five more episodes to air in April and May bringing the season to 17 or 18 eps depending. That is down from the 22 originally planned and means some storylines won’t get the same screen time as first planned. My guess — and this is only a guess — is that means we’ll probably being seeing less of Marc (Michael Urie) and Cliff’s (David Blue) relationship. And that sucks because it was a great one.

Michael Urie, David Blue

The ABC dramedy was also picked up for a third season, but not all the news is good. For some reason, the out Marco Pennette, who was an executive producer, is no longer with the show. Boo! Hiss!

Desperate Housewives: The cast of Desperate Housewives is said to have rushed back to work and is doing six days a week in order to get seven more episodes shot to air in April and May. That would bring the season to 17 shows.

When we left DH after the tornado, gay househusbands Bob and Lee were slightly involved in a storyline that had Bree pimping out Andrew (Shawn Pyfrom) to Bob and Lee’s gay roofer in order to get their roof repaired.

I figure that storyline will at least get wrapped up, but I don’t imagine we’ll hear much more about Bob and Lee. But given the reaction to that storyline, that might not be such a bad thing. (BTW, I totally sympathize with Bree as I once pimped out Brent to get my meal super-sized.)

And it can’t exactly be a big shock that ABC renewed DH for another season.

Other shows of interest include ABC’s Pushing Daisies which won’t return until the fall, ABC’s Dirty Sexy Money which was renewed for another season and also won’t air new any eps until the fall, and in a final piece of good news, it appears the atrocious Big Shots is gone for good.

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