Worth Watching: Oct. 15-21

The Ellen DeGeneres Show Monday-Friday, 3 p. m. on NBC.

The Rachel Maddow Show Monday-Friday, 9 p.m. on MSNBC.

FRIDAY
Real Time with Bill Maher The talk show hosted by the outspoken comedian and guest panelists. 10 p.m. on HBO.

Fashion Police Joan Rivers discusses the week’s notable fashions. 10:30 p.m. on E!

SATURDAY
Bear Nation The lifestyles of bears are explored in this new series. 8 p.m. on Logo.

The Crying Game The award-winning film. 10 p.m. on IFC.

SUNDAY
Desperate Housewives Vanessa Williams (“Ugly Betty”) guest stars. 9 p.m. on ABC.

Brothers and Sisters Look for out characters Kevin and Scotty. 10 p.m. on ABC.

MONDAY
House Jennifer Grey guest stars in this episode. 8 p.m. on Fox.

How I Met Your Mother Out actor Neil Patrick Harris stars as the womanizing Barney. 8 p.m. on CBS.

Dancing with the Stars Damn! Margaret Cho isn’t on the show anymore … Whomever shall we root for now? 8 p.m. on ABC.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta Kandi and Kim go to Palm Springs. 9 p.m. on Bravo.

Rock of Love Girls: Where Are They Now? We’re guessing on the pole. 9 p.m. on VH1.

The A-List: New York The lives of New York’s gay elite are the center of this new reality series. This week, Reichen and Rodiney’s relationship is under pressure. 10 p.m. on Logo.

Thintervention Out fitness guru Jackie Warner prepares her clients for six weeks of solo training. 10 p.m. on Bravo.

The Arrangement A reality show about flower arranging. 11 p.m. on Logo.

TUESDAY
The Biggest Loser Look for out trainer Jillian Michaels. 8 p.m. on NBC.

Glee Out actress Jane Lynch stars in the acclaimed series. This week is a repeat guest starring Eve. 8 p.m. on Fox.

WEDNESDAY
America’s Next Top Model Look for out fashion experts J. Alexander and Jay Hernandez in this reality modeling competition. 8 p.m. on CW.

Modern Family Look for gay couple Mitchell and Cameron. 9 p.m. on ABC.

Top Chef: Just Desserts There is plenty of gay talent in this spin-off of the cooking competition that focuses on desserts. 10 p.m. on Bravo.

THURSDAY
Grey’s Anatomy Out doctor Callie competes with the surgeons for a grant. 9 p.m. on ABC.

Project Runway Openly gay Tim Gunn hosts this reality fashion competition. This week is part one of the season finale. 9 p.m. on Lifetime.