4. TV: Big Love
Even star Chloë Sevigny bitched about last season’s unfocused mania, but the fifth and final season premieres January 16 on Showtime with a renewed focus on the core Hendrickson family unit as they cope with the consequences of being outed as polygamists. But will out series creators Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer give Matt Ross’s closeted villain Alby Grant (pictured), scarred by his lover’s suicide, a happy gay ending?
3. TV: Skins
A gorgeously gritty American version of the controversial British teen drama debuts January 17 on MTV, but gay boy Maxxie has become a sexy lesbian cheerleader named Tea. All My Children alum Sofia Black D’Elia easily makes the semicloseted bitch the show’s most interesting character. “You want to know what we do, right?” she asks a nosy guy pal. “What goes where? Who licks what? So tedious. I screw girls! So what?”
2. FILM: Every Day
First-time filmmaker Richard Levine deftly mines his experiences as a Nip/Tuck writer and the dad of a gay son in this quietly engaging drama, which premieres January 14 in limited release and On Demand. Liev Schreiber and Helen Hunt impress as a discontented TV writer and his wife, but this indie is a must for Ezra Miller’s honest portrayal of their newly out teenage son, plus Eddie Izzard as a schlocky Ryan Murphy-ish producer.