BY Brandon Voss
December 31 2010 11:40 AM ET
7. TV: Southland
This intensely gritty TNT cop drama stars O.C. cutie Benjamin McKenzie and 227’s Regina King, but we’ve been completely arrested by Michael Cudlitz, who has turned stereotypes on their head as semicloseted gay LAPD patrol officer John Cooper. So far we’ve only seen him flirt and score some pain meds in a gay bar, so we think it’s high time we learned more about his dating life when the third season premieres January 4.
6. CD: Twelve Nights in Hollywood, Ella Fitzgerald
An essential collection for hard-core and casual fans of the late “first lady of song,” this two-disc set has culled the best live performances from her legendary 10-night 1961 engagement at the Crescendo Club and her two-night return to the L.A. venue the following year. Swinging and sentimental, these thrilling debuts of classics and fresh renditions of chestnuts are widely considered the strongest versions of her standards.
5. TV: Watch What Happens Live: Andy’s New Year’s Party; Anderson Cooper 360° New Year’s Eve Live
Why deal with crowds, cover charges, and inclement weather on New Year’s Eve when you could be home switching channels between two of our favorite Advocate cover subjects? While Andy Cohen has a midnight wig-drop at his Bravo clubhouse with Meghan McCain, Sandra Bernhard, and hoards of Housewives, Kathy Griffin is back on CNN — ban be damned! — to make Anderson Cooper sweat. Don’t be tardy for these parties!